Tracing the history of Vespa scooters, the Ducatis of the scooter world, the first Vespa was developed under the guidance of Enrico Piaggio, the son of Piaggio’s founder, Rinaldo Piaggio, at the end of WWII. The Vespa scooter was basically created to be a safe and affordable means of transport for people after the effects of WWII crippled Italy. The first Vespa scooter, with its pressed steel monocoque body and protective leg shield was a surefire hit. The follow-up versions and models of the scooter were larger and more powerful and drew compliments globally. However, today’s clean-running Vespas differ a lot from the smoky two-strokes of the past. The thrust in the vehicle now comes from fuel-injected four-strokes equipped with catalytic converters. But the styling of the vehicle is more or less untouched and remains mostly true to the original shape. Vespa has never drifted too far from its original profile, but today the marque’s product lineup possesses features like electronic fuel injection, and this helps it to meet strict European emission regulations.