Rare military moped up for grabs

Nobody messes with this Vespa

Posted: 8 May 2012
by Visordown News

A VESPA modified in the 1950s to carry a massive 75mm gun is up for grabs at the Coys auction in Monaco this weekend.

The enormous gun (a US-made M20 recoilless rifle) was fitted to around 800 Vespas in the 1950s for the French airborne forces, but few survive. As rider, you actually sit astride the barrel; cue the “is that a gun in your pocket” references now!

Apparently you couldn't fire the massive gun betwixt your legs while actually riding. The bike had to be stopped and stabilisers put down before releasing a round. But it would still do very nicely when it comes to striking fear into other road users. This one has been deactivated anyway, but there's no reason anyone else should know that.

According to Coys, the bikes also had “additional rocket propelled grenades attractively presented in a wicker basket” and this one has been sitting unused on a military base for the last 30 years. It's in rough state, but no Vespa can be too hard to bring back to life, and this one certainly deserves it. Unfortunately, Coys suggests it would “make a fabulous corporate focal point" - we'd rather see it go to someone who can get it up and running to scare a few unwary drivers.

If you've got the estimated 12,000-15,000 Euros and want perhaps the toughest scooter ever made, check out www.coys.co.uk for more details of the sale.

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It's a vespa SCOOTER not a F@cking MOPED!

Jesus, they have only been around since 1946. They have a clutch and gears. In this case 3.

A little research would make the blind understand that Mopeds are not scooters. Better still look around there are vintage Vespa's everywhere.

Ha "moped" indeed.

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 23:09

Moped has pedals. MOtor+PEDals= MOPED!
But you brits are funny. Pushbike=bicycle, Fag=cigarette

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 13:24

Is it true, I wonder, that scooters are the favourite transport of homosexualists? Nothing wrong with that of course, everyone is free to do what they want.

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:58

Yeah, Scooters are for queers.

Has evolution really stopped?

anyhows, imagine getting stopped by Mr Plod whiloe riding that one?

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 14:04

Huge Arse,

I suggest you go to your nearset scotter rally and poll them.


Posted: 15/05/2012 at 14:08

Yeah, Scooters are for queers.

Has evolution really stopped?

anyhows, imagine getting stopped by Mr Plod while riding that one?

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 14:27

Not sure you understand the concept of scooter, calling thier riders homosexuals.
That is an insult to all the riders that use 2 wheels on our roads, and especially those whose only 2-wheel transport is a scooter through no fault of their own....especially older people with medical problems in the back, arm and legs areas (I know...can't get a leg over!)

Shame on you for such a bigotted opinion...I imagine you don't nod to other riders with 'inappropriate machines?

Scooters are a means to keep some riders on the road and enjoy the experience...it does for me, with Multiple Sclerosis with all its problems of weak limbs.

Your comment was weak-minded and cause for concern...no wonder some bikers are disliked by the public.

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Posted: 17/05/2012 at 05:39

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