Ape was an intuition of Enrico Piaggio developed by Corradino D’Ascanio: put the body on the Vespa
February 7, 2023
We conclude with this video on Weirdest bees This trip to the Piaggio Museum in Pontedera: il first video was on the entire exhibition space, the second on Incredible wasps and now there’s the story of this one legendary three wheeler!
The history of Ape could be summarized as follows: Ape: put the box on the Vespa!
Yes, because this vehicle, which carried around the last Indian hitchhiker but also the President of the Republic, was born from a sort of genetic mutation from wasp.
Indeed, at the beginning Ape was an intuition of Henry Piaggio developed by Corradino D’Ascanio: let’s try to put the body on the Vespa.
But the Ape is much more and you can see it in the section dedicated to it, in the Piaggio Museum in Pontedera and in this video.
Just like Vespa also Ape has laundered the collective imagination and it is a means good for all uses: as seen in the video it can carry the President of the Italian Republic or the last Indian citizen, being in fact also the most used taxi in huge Indiaover one billion and 400 million inhabitants.
It is also due to Ape the existence of trucks with trailers: the Ape Pentarò, five wheels, was an Ape built for firefighters with a semi-trailer that could be unhooked with water pumps: a patent which was then used for trucks with trailers.
Just as it is convenient for short journeys, like a taxi, in crowded India, there is an Ape that has taken on a trip of 25 thousand kilometers in seven months: from Lisbon to Beijing.
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