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.

Sunday 5 September 2010

Hello World !!! My name is Maite - I am Calessino No 214 of 999

Welcome to the Calessino Parade

My name is Maite (pronounced 'Mighty') - I am Calessino No 214 of the limited edition of 999 produced by Piaggio in Italy. I live in Southern Spain and I am trying to locate the rest of my family.

If you are related to me or know where one of my family is - then please get in touch (via our TarifaStudios Facebook page) or just post your details here (remember to let me know your name, number and location, if you can).

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