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Rust in peace: Piaggio Vespacar P2

piaggio-vespacar-p2-ddr-10Seeing a Piaggio Vespacar P2 outside of Italy is a little surprising, so we were quite shocked when we found an early 1980s example sitting on top of a concrete block on a vacant plot of land in the former East Germany.

A closer inspection revealed the Vespacar was handed the unfortunate task of serving as a sign for a nearby company that seems to specialize in construction material. Its front license plate reads “ANDRE,” perhaps indicating the name of the owner of the Piaggio and / or the company.

A – fairly rare – look at the underside of the Vespacar reveals it started its life yellow and was later painted reddish-brown. How long it’s been on the pedestal is a mystery because there are no registration or insurance stickers on the windshield and no state-issued license plates. However, it certainly wasn’t placed on the block yesterday it’s interesting to think the Vespacar might have not been on the ground since the reunification of Germany.

The last owner removed the engine and the transmission but the gas tank is still mounted below the bed. The Vespacar is not terribly rusty underneath, but the dents on both sides and a rather rough interior signal its retirement was well-deserved.

3 thoughts on “Rust in peace: Piaggio Vespacar P2

  1. – The rear “plate” seems to be made with plastic foil. This was one possible version made in East-Germany for some number-plates. And the font looks like the font used for this (it was not a normed font). But then again the number scheme was different in East-Germany: It was Letters, followed by one or two digits, then an dash and some more digits. And the official seal is missing, and the letters are put there really carelessly.

    – Andre is a typical East-German name

    – The front plate (with “ANDRE”) was made in the “old” (West-)German “DIN 1451” font for numberplates. The DIN 1451 font was used in East-Germany from 1990 (even before the official unification). DIN 1451 font was then replaced with the ugly “FE-Font” at the end of 2000. After that the tools for making DIN 1451 slowly dissipated into other East-European nations and Africa.

    – I don’t know if new Vespacars were imported into the GDR before 1989. (They produced their own “Multicar” and would have probably used that instead.) But I do know however that everything that had wheels and didn’t fall apart immediately was exported to the East after November 1989.

    So I would guess this car was removed from service before 2000, but after 1989. If I had to bet, I’d say it was imported in 1990, then used for some years and then put out of service in the mid- to late-1990s.

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