Just a quick post to keep this occasional blog alive ...
Here are a couple of snaps of our wonderful Piaggio Ape Calessino (No. 214 of 999 Edition A) looking at home in Tarifa harbour and on a thought provoking visit to the local cemetery on the outskirts of Tarifa.
Our regular Calessino news is now posted on Calessino Parade ScoopIt. Here you will find topical items such as Calessino tour operators, photos of recently spotted Calessinos and other related news - like the launch and take up of the new smaller / greener Calessino 200.
Our more comprehensive Calessino Parade Spotters Register is still progressing along the relentless quest to locate all 1,699 limited edition Piaggio Ape Calessinos (as produced in 2007 - Edition A and 2009 onwards - Edition B and C).
If you have any photos or information about a Calessino - please do let us know via: info@TarifaStudios.com
What's a Calessino ???
Piaggio Ape (pronounced 'ah-peh' - Italian for bee ) - a three-wheeler produced in 1948 by Vespa designer Corradino D'Ascanio. It was a light commercial vehicle intended to power Italy's economic reconstruction and has been in continuous production since in Italy and India. With scooter style handlebars and a door on each side - it was suited to light deliveries, with good torque for hills but a low top speed. Outside of town, Apes are customarily driven close to the curb to allow traffic and joggers to pass! Piaggio produced the Ape Calessino ('little cart') 422cc Diesel (at around € 10,000 retail) and then the Electric Lithium (€ 23,000 - batteries included) as limited edition modern versions of the model popular in the 50s and 60s with Italian stars and lovers of the 'Dolce Vita'. It always stands out from the crowd - as you can see below - or via our Calessino Spotters Register.