Post World War II, a lot of Italians who were affected by the aftermath, lacked means of transport, specially four wheelers. This is when Corradino D’Asconio, an aircraft designer and the inventor of Vespa thought of a three-wheeled commercial vehicle design that would help in Italy’s economic re-construction. This really struck a cord with Enrico Piaggio, son of the founder of Piaggio, who immediately approved of the idea.
The 1953 Piaggio Ape Calessino you see here is one of the last of the Model A. In 1952 the Model “B” was introduced, which went on to have more than 20 different body styles by the end of the 1950s… Eventually to be recognised as one of the most well-recognised commercial light transport vehicle in many places across the world. For Italy, the Ape played a crucial role in revitalisation of its local trade and goods transport in the aftermath of the World War.