Günther Uhlig’s first task was to give structure to the enormous model range. The familiar arrangement by calendar year and engine displacement class had to be discarded, due to confusing overlap in the model proliferation. So too the classifications, adopted from the Anglophone world, of “wideframe,” “largeframe” and “smallframe.” These distinctions have never been recognised by the maker, Piaggio, and cannot be applied consistently to the automatic transmission model lines. Therefore, the only logical classification system is one based on similarly bodied models. The next task was to gather authentic illustrative material. ‘Overflow’ from earlier projects contributed to some extent, but the overwhelming portion has been assembled especially for this work, from sources across the globe. The result is a Vespa book, through and through – as unique as the Vespa itself, with illustrations that have never been seen before. It is a volume that lets the reader become immersed in the culture of Vespa and la bella vita.