Vespa 400- 1958

Vespa 400- 1958

Vespa is known around the world for its scooters, but few people may know it produced one economy car. The company’s president felt that FIAT’s prominence in Italy should not be challenged, so the Vespa 400 was produced in France. The four passenger coupe had a rolltop roof, all-independent coil spring suspension, and hydraulic brakes. You will find the Vespa in a totally different class from most other microcars. It is well finished and competed with the FIAT 500. The Vespa handles like a sports car and it did well in rallies, often winning the 500cc class. A few thousand of these cars were sold in the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s–selling for about $500 less than a Volkswagen Beetle. This car sold relatively well throughout the world, but production was cancelled in 1961 to concentrate on motorscooters.

Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Ateliers de Construction des Motocycles et Automobiles
  • Country of Origin: France
  • Engine: 393cc, 2-stroke, 14 bhp, air cooled
  • Top Speed: 55 miles per hour
  • Years of Production: 1957-1961
  • Number Produced: 34,000
  • Original Cost: $1,080

Share this vehicle

Visit Lane Motor Museum

2018 HOURS*:

  • Monday..........10am-5pm
  • Tuesday.........CLOSED
  • Wednesday....CLOSED
  • Thursday.......10am-5pm
  • Friday............10am-5pm
  • Saturday........10am-5pm
  • Sunday..........10am-5pm

*We close each year on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas

2018 ADMISSION PRICES:

  • Members..............Free
  • Adults (18-64).......$12
  • Seniors (65+)........$8
  • Youth (6-17)..........$3
  • Age 5 & Under.......Free

We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. (Sorry, we don't take AMEX)

LOCATION: (Free parking!)
702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN, 37210

PHONE: (615) 742-7445
*Lane Motor Museum closes each year on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.