Ape study, Sicily (4)

The scrappy Ape (pronounced 'AH-pay') has been a vital piece of Italy's economic infrastructure for decades. The name, which could be a liability elsewhere, means 'bee' in Italian. Perhaps it's a reference to the annoying sound they make.

The Ape is kind of a cross between a pickup truck and a Vespa (same manufacturer).

Its thin chassis makes it perfect for navigating the tiny ancient side streets of many Italian towns.

Great for transporting watermelons, or you can convert it into...

...a trash hauler...


...or an ice cream stand.

Plus it's faster than a speeding jogger.

Ape links:
-- Big Ape photo gallery (Five wheels with elephant)
-- Extreme Ape Racing!
-- A German guy toured Europe and crossed the Alps in an Ape (Translation, English PDF)
-- Hot-Dog Ape for sale
-- Ape and Piaggio history from 3wheelers.com (lots of photos of nutty vehicles here)
-- A new model, the Ape Web is not Internet-ready. Auto-translation: "It is the moment to start the logon with your friends, is the moment to enter in the net, is the moment to discover Ape Web."
-- The Ape Cross Country is the "most trendy" model, as it lets you transport your surfboard or snowboard while listening to the radio, says the site. You really need to see the TV commercial to understand the excitement these vehicles are generating among today's youth.


also see: http://www.microcarmuseum.com

Posted by: 990000 at September 11, 2004 9:53 AM

Do u know Ape Cross? http://www.it.vtl.piaggio.com/cross.htm

Posted by: Nuez_ at September 13, 2004 7:33 PM

Mmm. I remember Gelati in Florence in the Spring. Maybe someday I'll get back there. Cool little vehicles!

Posted by: ryan at September 14, 2004 6:25 AM

Tengo un Piaggio AP 601 220 c.c.
Deseo conseguir información técnica. Por favor, me pueden colaborar?

Posted by: Mauricio at October 22, 2004 3:38 PM