By Dave Turner
1966 to 2000
Detailed model listings and photographs of some of the models appear after the text.
By the mid 1960s the Traditional 125 line had reached the GT and subsequent GTR that continued through to the re-styled P series in 1978. The 150 that ran alongside was called the Sprint until 1969 and then Sprint Veloce with uprated engine until the arrival of the P Series. Top of the range was the 180 Rally and this developed into the Rally 200 in 1972 and that eventually got electronic ignition becoming the Rally 200 Electronic.
A short lived combination was the 125TS – Turismo Sport, and that combined the body of the Rally 200 with the 125cc engine and lasting for three years from 1975.
For 1978 Piaggio launched the New Line series P125, P150 and P200E based on a new frame that was significantly larger than before and featuring more angular lines with indicator lights built into the bodywork. Spain produced its own version of the P200E from 1981 and called it 200DN. From these, the PK Series arrived in 1983 featuring a restyled head/speedometer assembly and a larger toolbox inside the legshields together with a combined ignition switch and fork lock. The final development of the traditional Vespa came with the Millennium Edition for 2000, identified by having the Vespa name put back into a script.
As far as models are concerned the majority are provided by the Maisto/Edicola operation with a few additional alternatives by New Ray. The plastic kit by Imai was a very detailed production but extremely delicate when finished while that from Grisoni is simplicity in the extreme consisting of just twelve parts..
From Italy, the big Ellegi model came as either a static model with a stand or motorised with the batteries either in the hand control of the remote example or in the model in the case of the radio controlled version. Meanwhile from Spain the MIRA diecast model has twin rear wheels and a pull-back mechanism.
|Vespa models 1966-2000|
|New Ray||China||6047||180 Rally||1:32||diecast|
|Maisto||China||4343||150 Sprint Veloce||1:18||diecast|
|Edicola||China||AC 034||125 GTR||1:18||diecast|
|Edicola||China||AC 010||200 Rally||1:18||diecast|
|Edicola||China||AC 015||125 TS||1:18||diecast|
|Edicola||China||AC 016||PK125 Automatica||1:18||diecast|
|New Ray||China||6047||125TS Pole Position||1:32||diecast|
Illustrations: Vespa part 5
MIRA 1:14 diecast from Spain
809, 1981 200DN, Spanish version of the P200, this three wheeled model stands up on its own.
Grisoni 1:27 plastic kit from Italy
396/6, 1978 P200 featuring some over-scale wheels.
Maisto 1:18 diecast from China
4275, 1972 200 Rally.
Maisto 1:18 diecast from China
4272, 1978 P150X.
Edicola 1:18 diecast from China
AC 041 1999150 PX, a few subtle differences from illustration 4 – horn cover and badge at the top of the apron.
Ellegi 1:6 plastic from Italy
1978 200PX, this is the remote control version with the batteries in the hand control and driven stabiliser wheels under the footboards.
Imai 1:12 plastic kit from Japan
B958, 1978 P200E
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