Each year, this writer eagerly anticipates the launch of a Vespa limited edition, the Italian brand’s annual event where it presents its jaw-dropping, colorful scooter designs. For a brand like Vespa with a huge following of loyal fans, this is an opportunity for the company’s designers to share their artistic talent to the world.
While last year, despite a ranging pandemic, we were treated to “Racing Sixties” edition of the GTS Super and Sprint—two scooter models that pair the captivating hues of yellow and deep green as well as red and white—this year’s offering is even more momentous.
This year marks Vespa’s 75th anniversary, and it’s only fitting that the company came up with limited-edition variants—both champagne-colored—of two of its most popular scooter models, the Primavera and the GTS.
“Vespa’s 75th editions of the Primavera and the GTS are a celebration of all the cultural and stylistic milestones of the brand going back to 1946, paying tribute to the brand’s identity while simultaneously probing into the future of mobility through timeless, iconic, and smart design. These milestones have been embodied in its DNA, which reflects the storied heritage and unique qualities that continues to make Vespa special and relevant today,” said Willy Tee Ten, president of Moto Italia, Vespa’s official distributor in the country.
Tee Ten informed during the unveiling held at the Ayala Malls Manila Bay in Pasay City that Vespa’s 75th editions of the Primavera and the GTS will be sold only this year, a unique offer to celebrate a legendary scooter brand that has accompanied our changing lifestyle for three-quarters of a century.
The 75th edition features the number 75 that is proudly displayed in a darker shade on the side panels and front mudguard. This edition also sports a special nubuck leather saddle with piping, wheel rims painted in grey with a diamond finish and a host of chrome-plated details, including the ‘tie’ ornaments, the badge on the front mudguard, the instrument cluster surround, the muffler cover, the rear-view mirrors and, exclusive on the GTS, foldaway passenger footpegs.
“And let’s not forget the chrome-plated luggage rack, which is designed to hold the limited-edition, velvety-soft nubuck leather bag whose shape replicates the typical spare wheel holder of years gone by,” said Tee Ten.
The 75th edition of the Primavera (150cc) is priced P298,000 while the 75th edition of the GTS (300cc) is priced P468,000.
The anniversary color scheme is officially called the Giallo 75th, a metallic shade of yellow, which is a contemporary interpretation of the colors that were so in vogue during the 1940s when Vespa was established (April 23, 1946) in Florence, Italy.
“In terms of technology, the 75th editions of the Primavera and the GTS, represent the top of the Vespa range: both models are equipped with a 4.3” TFT colour display, while the fully digital instrument cluster makes the best possible use of the capabilities of the Vespa MIA smartphone connectivity system. To mark the exclusivity of this special celebratory series, each Vespa 75th comes with a Welcome Kit that includes a vintage steel Vespa plate, a personal Owner’s Book and eight collector postcards with images from the eight decades of the Vespa story,” announced Tee Ten.
The Vespa 75th editions of the Primavera and the GTS are now available at all authorized Vespa dealers nationwide.
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.