Seeing 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.