Unplugged: 1959 ACMA Vespa 400

The name Vespa inevitably makes us think of the most famous scooter in the world, but as enthusiasts know well that it is not just that.

Indeed, The Vespa 400 of this article is a rear-engined microcar, produced by ACMA in Fourchambault, France, from 1957 to 1961 to the designs of the Italian Piaggio company. It should be noted that this microcar had a good commercial success: we are talking about over 20,000 units produced, absolutely not bad for the European market of the late 1950s.

This specimen was dismantled with the intention of converting this microcar to electric drive and fortunately for the car (some would say: unfortunately for the environment) this project was abandoned. The car is said to be complete, the original engine is there, it has been rebuilt but not yet installed; it really takes a little effort to get this 1950s relic back on the road again. Find it for sale at $11,500 here in Poestenkill, NY.


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