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.

Saturday 22 June 2013

Calessino 200 ... ... ...

The official Piaggio video for the new Ape Calessino - in the UK from July 2013 (available for purchase via: www.tukxi.com).

Great to see the Calessino style evolving - and it still has that original fun factor!!!

You can see the 'original' limited edition Ape Calessino (2009) in action in this fun Iconic Rickshaws for Relief video.

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