Yes, you guessed right - this site is about the Piaggio (Vespa) Ape primarily,
but mostly about vehicles that I, somehow, manage to spend my money on
without getting thrown out of the house (thanks,
site is on eternal revamp, so bear with me as I'm constantly adding new
I love collecting vintage manuals so I'm always on the hunt for original
literature and manuals for all sorts of odd vehicles. If you're looking
for something in particular, let me know. I can probably help you find
that rare bit of information you need for your restoration.
A few weeks ago, in cleaning the garage, I found a few boxes of complete
year collections of Foreign Auto, with tons of VW stuff from the early
50s to mid 60s and have also acquired more literature for the Ape, including
some books, ads, and other odds and ends, which will be posted as time
permits. I've received a few requests for the Ape manuals and parts (and
have sent a few out), but if I've not got to you, I'm sorry, I will finish
scanning all of those and make them available for download here. In the
meantime, my good friend Stefano (apevintage.com)
has some cool stuff online already. I have B and C type parts manuals,
some Pentaro, and
other stuff. All that online soon. If you cannot wait, drop me a line
and I'll do my best (which has been lacking) in getting them to you.
I'm also trying to catch up on the Multipla literature, so check back
often but if you need something in a bind, let me know and I'll get that
to you as well.
the projects side, I'm
finishing up the 23-window VV microbus (Lola)
and have moved on from the Ape and the Multipla. Continue working on the
1968 Travelall (engine's out right now undergoing a full restoration)
and really trimming the collection as much as possible. It turns out I
can't ride 20 bikes at once, go figure. After going to see Lola a few
days ago, I was bit with the bug for a bug (vw, that is) and Johnny put
on my head the thought of either a split or oval... sigh... we'll see.
Look around, let me know if I can help with your restoration. :)