Vespa 125




Make Model

Vespa 125


1948 - 50


35 000 units


Four stroke, single cylinder


124.8 cc 7.6 cub in
Bore x Stroke 56.5 x 49.8 mm
Compression Ratio 6.5:1
Cooling Air cooled

Fuel Mixture



Deflector piston


Starting Kick start
Clutch Oil bath, multi plate

Max Power

2.6  kW / 3.5 hp @4500 rpm


3 Speed, grip-shift
Final Drive Direct drive

Front Suspension

Trail arm, coil spring

Rear Suspension

Coil spring with damper

Front Brakes

Drum, 125 mm

Rear Brakes

Drum, 125 mm
Wheels Interchangeable

Front Tyre

3.5 x 8"

Rear Tyre

3.5 x 8"


Length:  1655 mm / 65.2 in

Width:     790 mm / 31.1 in

Wheelbase 1130 mm / 44.5 in
Seat Height 790 mm / 31.1 in

Dry Weight

77.5 kg / 170.8 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

5 L / 1.3 US gal

Consumption  average

2 L/100 km / 50 km/L / 118 US mpg

Top Speed

70 km/h / 43.5 mph


Metallic Green


Vespa by Giorgio Sarti,,, Hemmings Motor News

The Vespa 125 (and its progenitor, the Vespa 98) was the perfect vehicle in the perfect time. For post-war Italy, it offered a flawless combination of beautiful design, innovative engineering, and one of the best marketing programs the world has ever seen. At a time when fewer than 10 percent of Italian households had the combination of electricity and running water, Italians scraped up every bit of cash they had, and some they didn't have, just to have the opportunity to get out and about again. Vespa--literally and figuratively--got Italians moving again.

Innovation was everywhere on the Vespa. The front suspension operates like a scale model of an aircraft's landing gear. The engine and transmission comprise a single unit, without a messy chain to adjust. Both wheels feature lug nuts like those on an automobile, and can be removed in seconds with a single hand-tool. The parcel rack could also be fitted with a spare wheel and tire holder, making a flat a two-minute delay rather than a trip-ending disaster. By incorporating a cooling fan on the face of the flywheel, and surrounding the engine with an elaborate sheetmetal shroud, D'Ascanio was able to overcome cooling problems inherent in the original Vespa prototypes.

The Vespa 125 (referred to now as "Fenderlights" to differentiate these bikes from later Vespa 125s with the headlamp in the cast-aluminum headset) offered continuous improvement over the Vespa 98. The original scooter wasn't fitted with a centerstand. You just rolled up to a curb and propped the floorboard up against it. The 125 included a stand after 1949 so you could park it anywhere. The gearchange was moved to the left side, where it would stay as long as Vespas made shiftable scooters.

The 1949 version of the Vespa 125 had a new designed horizontal fins to promote better cooling. A key lock is also introduced as is a stand    

In 1950 a new TA 17B carburettor is added and a new muffler with removable terminal.. V15T headlight is made so that it is adjustable.