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Vespa GT60°

GT60° A Sell-Out Success- But Don't Despair

Piaggio Australia

Vespa's limited-edition GT60° scooter, which pays homage to the very first Vespa, is already a sell-out in Australia- just a month after first going on sale!

Fifty Piaggio-produced GT60°s were sold in January, including one to scooter convert David Koch, the co-presenter on Channel Seven's Sunrise program. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the model is already appreciating at a rapid rate, with one unit now on sale in Sydney for $15,000- well above the $10,500 (plus ORC) retail price.

The GT60°'s vital organs are based on Vespa's premium GTS250ie, including the same environmentally friendly (Euro 3), 250cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected four-stroke engine. Meanwhile, styling hues have been commandeered from the original Vespa, such as the front mudguard-mounted headlight.

The GT60° has been released to much fanfare in Europe- much like the first Vespa, which made its public debut at the 1946 Milan show, and was even given the nod of approval by one of the Roman Catholic's church's top cardinals.

Two 98cc versions of the 1946 Vespa originally went on sale: 55,000 liras for the "normal" version and 61,000 liras for the "full biscuit" incarnation, which included a speedometer, lateral stand and stylish white-trim tyres.

Didn't manage to procure a GT60°? Don't despair, because a high-volume version of the scooter will go on sale in March- the GTV250ie. Set to retail at $9490 (plus ORC), the GTV250ie also makes a clear reference to the original Vespa, while the size and the lamp surface resemble the modern styling of the GTS250ie. See your local Vespa dealer for more information.

"It's great for us to be able to celebrate 60 years of Vespa with the GT60° as a market that is now strongly embracing the scooter as a transport solution for the future," said Vespa Brand Manager Simon Gloyne. "The factors of high fuel prices, traffic snarls, expensive parking and sadly lacking public transport networks provide an environment for scooters that is here to stay. By combining the contemporary Piaggio range and the sporty Gilera models with the classic Vespas, we can satisfy every commuter and enthusiast alike."

The Piaggio company is nestled in the Tuscan countryside between Florence and Pisa. Today, Piaggio continues to produce scooters under the classic Vespa brand, the sporty Gilera brand and the contemporary Piaggio brand. In Australia, PS Importers is the sole importer of this iconic and popular range.

published 6/02/2007


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