Vespa 50 Elestart

 

 

 

Make Model

Vespa 50 Elestart

Year

1969-83

Engine

Two stroke, single cylinder

Capacity

49.8 cc / 3.0 cub in
Bore x Stroke 38.4 x 43 mm
Compression Ratio 7.2:1
Mixture 1:50

Carburettor

Dell'Orto 14
Cooling Air cooled with centrifugal fan
Battery 2 x 6V - 9.5 Ah batteries
Ignition 4 Pole flywheel magneto
Starting Electric
Spark Plug Bosch W225 T1
Clutch Multi plate

Max Power

1.9 kW / 2.6 Hp @ 4500 rpm

Transmission 

3 Speed  mesh gears

Gear ratios

1st 22.33 / 2nd 12.56 /3rd 7.95:1
Final Drive Direct drive
Frame Pressed sheet steel with streamlined monocoque structure

Front Suspension

Hydraulic shock absorber with rubber elements

Rear Suspension

Hydraulic shock absorber

Front Brakes

Drum

Rear Brakes

Drum
Wheels Pressed steel flanges

Front Tyre

2.75 x 9"

Rear Tyre

2.75 x 9"

Dimensions

Length: 1630 mm / 64.2 in

Height:    980 mm / 33.6 in

Ground clearance

210 mm / 8.3 in

Dry Weight

67.5 kg / 148 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

5.6 L / 1.5 US gal

Consumption  average

1.5 L/100 km / 66.7 km/l / 157 US mpg

Top Speed

40 km/h /29 mph

The Vespa 50 Elestart Series I was launched with an electric start and was targeted at women. The batteries were housed in the left side of the engine and the spare tyre, if required, was placed behind the leg shield. The gearbox was the three-speed unit.

The Vespa 50 Elestart Series II was launched in 1975 and had a four-speed gearbox. Through its production the Elestart remained a novelty and is considered to be ahead of its times.