Vespa 150 / 150 Super

 

 

 

Make Model

Vespa  150 / 150 Super

Year

1954 - 60

Production

98 700 units

Engine

Two stroke, single cylinder

Capacity

145.5 cc / 8.8 cub in
Bore x Stroke 57 x 57 mm
Compression 6.5:1
Carburetor Dell'Orto MA19
Cooling Air cooled, forced

Fuel Mixture

1:20
Ignition 6 pole flywheel magneto
Starting Kick start
Battery 6V
Clutch Wet, multiplate with cork inserts

Max Power

4.0  kW / 5.4 hp

Transmission 

3 Speed, grip-shift, constant mesh

Gear Ratios

1st 12.2 / 2nd 7.6 / 3rd 4.85:1
Final Drive Direct drive
Frame Pressed sheet steel, streamlined monocoque structure

Front Suspension

Helicoidal spring and hydraulic shock absorber

Rear Suspension

Helicoidal spring and hydraulic shock absorber. If fitted with sidecar:
wo helicoidal springs on the sidecar

Front Brakes

Drum, expanding type with cooling ribs

Rear Brakes

Drum, expanding type with cooling ribs
Wheels Interchangeable

Front Tyre

3.5 x 8"

Rear Tyre

3.5 x 8"

Dimensions

Length:  1500 mm / 59 in

Width:      790 mm / 31 in

Height:   1040 mm / 41 in

Wheelbase

1165 mm / 45.9 in

Ground clearance

220 mm / 8.7 in

Turning Radius

1500 mm / 59 in

Dry Weight

98 kg / 216 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

6.25 L / 1.65 US gal

Consumption  average

2.4 L/100 km / 42 km/l / 98 US mpg

Top Speed

75 km/h / 47mph (speed reduced by sidecar)

Colours

Metallic blue , Grey
 

 

 

The Vespa sidecar was manufactured between the end of1 948 and early 1949 following the success of the new 125cc engine. The Vespa 150 VL1 was the first to be built in this displacement, and the first were sold at the end of 1954. Studied in detail, the Vespa with the sidecar had one single long connecting arm with suspension and had coil springs for stability and comfort on long rides.
 
The sidecar, whose elegant, aerodynamic design was much admired, allowed the passenger to be seated comfortably, protected by a windscreen and with a small luggage space behind the back rest. The sheet metal sidecar was assembled by hand and linked to the Vespa by a single tube, a Piaggio exclusive that also envisaged the substitution of the gear change ratio to facilitate riding on sharp gradients.
 
Praised for its excellent performance even on snow-covered terrain and sharp ascents and descents, the sidecar model met the new need for comfort with the safety and practicality traditionally associated with the Vespa name.