1946 - 1955
Piaggio produces 2484 scooters during 1946
1 Mar 1946 to 31 Dec 1946
Piaggio files Vespa patent
On April 23, 1946 Piaggio & C. S.p.A. filed a patent with the Central Patents Office for inventions, models and brand names at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Florence, for 'a motor cycle with a rational complex of organs and elements with body combined with the mudguards and bonnet covering all the mechanical parts'.
Piaggio produces 10535 scooters during 1947
Date: 1 Jan 1947 to 31 Dec 1947
Piaggio produces 19822 scooters during 1948
Date: 1 Jan 1948 to 31 Dec 1948
Introduction of the Vespa in Belgium
The Vespa is imported by the firm BEVELUX.
First edition of the Brescia 1000km race
Date: 6 Jun 1951 to 13 Jun 1951
Members of the club of Verviers took part in the 1000 km of Brescia in Italy.
Official foundation of the first Vespa Club in Belgium
1952 Coni : International Audax Female Vespa drivers (VC Milano)
Italy donates 20 Vespas after the Netherlands inundations
Foundation of the Vespa Club Europe (FIV)
Date: 7 Feb 1953 to 8 Feb 1953
Foundation of the Vespa Club Europe with the aim of coordinating friendly meetings, rallies and international excursions.
Giant Vespa at the RAI Amsterdam
1st National Rally 1953 Brussels
Date: 15 Aug 1953 to 16 Aug 1953
VCB's 1st International meeting in Brussels: 1300 Vespists from 6 countries.
2nd International Rally at Namur
Date: 26 Jun 1954 to 27 Jun 1954
More then 1.000 Vespa drivers attended.
2nd National Star-Ride of the Vespa Club Aalst
2nd National Congress of the Vespa Club of Belgium
Date: 28 Nov 1954
25 clubs out of 28 were represented by their presidents at the national congress. Decisions on the agenda were:
•advantages for members: toll documents, group insurance, 5% reduction on parts, subscription to both the VCB and Piaggio magazine, membership of the Vespa Club Europe, participation at international and national events, membership fees.
•organisation of 9 touristic, folkloric and sportive national manifestations for the year 1955.
•organisation of a Vespa-ball in january 1955, a group trip in July 1955 (train + Vespa).
•the Vespa Club of Belgium plaque, available from March 1955.
•presidency and other club specific decisions.
The VCB counts 1706 Belgian Vespists in 28 Clubs
•Vespa Club Aalst
•Vespa Club Antwerpen
•Vespa Club Arlon
•Vespa Club Borinage
•Vespa Club Brugge
•Vespa Club Bruxelles
•Vespa Club du Centre
•Vespa Club Gent
•Vespa Club Halle
•Vespa Club Hasselt
•Vespa Club Houtland
•Vespa Club Hozemont
•Vespa Club Leuven
•Vespa Club Liège
•Vespa Club Luxembourg
•Vespa Club Mol
•Vespa Club Mouscron
•Vespa Club Namur
•Vespa Club Noord-Limburg
•Vespa Club Pays-Noir
•Vespa Club Rupelstreek
•Vespa Club Tielt
•Vespa Club Tienen
•Vespa Club Tournai
•Vespa Club Tubize
•Vespa Club Verviers
•Vespa Club Wavre
•Vespa Club Zuid-Limburg
The Vespa Club Europe includes 564 clubs for a total of 72.800 members
Creation of the Vespa Club du Centre
Date: 1 Jan 1955
President: Mr. Mansy
MISA assembles Vespas in Belgium
From January 1st, 1955 Vespa scooters are assembled in Jette (Brussels), Belgium by the Motor Industry Société Anonyme. (M.I.S.A.)
Creation of the Vespa Club du Pays-Noir
Vespa Club Belgium Magazine Year 3, Number 1
Date: 1 Jan 1955 to 31 Jan 1955
Vespa MISA assembles a new Vespa every 12 minutes
Brussels - Every twelve minutes a new Vespa is born!
Starting from the 1st of January Vespa scooters are fully assembled in Brussels, Belgium by local company 'Motor Industry S.A. (M.I.S.A.)'. A totally new production unit is currently under construction in the center of Brussels, in the Uytenhove Street in Jette. It covers an area of about 12.000 sq/m and will consist of an administration building and big production halls housing the most up-to-date assembly and painting lines.
A special railroad will connect the factory to the national rail network, enabling the finished Vespas to be immediately loaded into special wagons and delivered directly from the factory to the distributors. The scooters will be tested on an adapted test track by certified specialists from the Piaggio company of Genova.
The Vespas assembled by the M.I.S.A. are destined to be sold in Belgium, the Belgian Congo, the Netherlands and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
For the year 1955 the M.I.S.A. plans the assembly of the following models:
•Vespa 125cc (Luxe)
•Vespa 150cc (Grand Sport)
The prestations of the world-reknown Vespa 125cc will be expanded through a few construction changes.
The Vespa 150cc (1955) is a new model which will have its first introduction to Europe on the Brussels Car Expo. It is a machine with soft yet powerful brakes. The increased diameter of the brakes is accompanied by reinforcement of the wheels. As such a machine came into being with soft yet powerful brakes, of which the efficiency will remain assured even in the roughest conditions.
The electrical equipment consist of an AC generator, a special 12amp dry cell battery, and a metal power switch allowing the warning, parking and city lights to be fed with DC. The carefully selected colour, the brightness of polish and finishing of the whole, give the machine a very special air of distinction.
Because of its augmented efficiency the Vespa Grand Sport, the latest of Piaggio's creations, will satisfy the sporty pilot who had looked in vain for his needs towards other means of transport.
M.I.S.A. will also make the tri-porter APE 150cc available to its clients for fast and useful transportation. It is a modern transport meeting all requirements of modern life and is an undeniable help for all: merchants, industrials and farmers. Each of them will find a loyal help in this machine for quick transports, at any time of the day and at any moment.
Because of the assembly now taking place in Belgium, it became possible to lower the consumer price of all models. It thus is a delight for M.I.S.A. to have its clientele partake in this happening. From February 16th onwards, machines will be sold at the following prices:
•Vespa 125cc (Luxe) fr16.200
•Vespa 150cc fr17.500
•Vespa 150cc (Grand Sport) fr19.900
•A.P.E. Chassis fr25.500
Open kast met. fr2.700
Gesloten kast met. fr.5400
Met. Kast geleider fr.2.500
Voor open kast fr
Voor gesloten kast fr2.300
Once more Vespa scooters, driving our streets and of which the sight became a common sight, have taken a leap forward: Always the first scooter in the world, and now the first scooter fully assembled in Belgium. The current sales of Vespas in Europe is about 1.000 scooters per day.
Creation of the Vespa Club Houtland
President: Mr. Decleir
911 Vespists dance at the Vespa ball organised by the VCB.Ms. Boniface is voted as Vespa Queen of Belgium
Founding of the VC Mechelen
Foundation of the VC Kortrijk
The VCB counts 30 clubs
Aalst, Antwerpen, Arlon, Brugge, Bruxelles, Centre, Charleroi, Gent, Halle, Hasselt, Houtland, Hozemont, Kortrijk, Leuven, Liège, Luxembourg, Mol, Mons-Borinage, Mouscron, Namur, Noord-Limburg, Rupelstreek, Tielt, Tienen, Tournai, Tubize, Verviers, Waremme, Wavre, Zuid-Limburg.
Vespa Club Belgium Magazine Year 3, Number 2
Inwijding Vespa Club Rupelstreek
Algemene Vergadering (VC Aalst)
Vespa Club Belgium Magazine Year 3, Number 3
Eerste uitstap (VC Aalst)
Criterium Vespa San Remo
Date: 22 Apr 1955 to 24 Apr 1955
Vespa Concentration Doornik/Tournai: elegance contest (VC du Tournaisis)
Date: 30 Apr 1955 to 1 May 1955
Date: 7 May 1955 to 9 May 1955
National Gymkhana for duoseaters (VC Antwerpen)
2nd Tower Rally at Arlon and Habay-La-Neuve (VC Luxembourg and VC Arlon)
Date: 11 Jun 1955 to 13 Jun 1955
Bruges: 3rd International Rally of the VCB