The year was 1951 and the Piaggio Squadra Corse astonished the racing world, triumphing over real off-road motorbikes in one of the hardest and most prestigious competitions. In the post-war period, regularity competitions were in their heyday: these were taxing trials on extremely hard routes, hundreds of kilometres long. An extraordinary test bench for man and machine.
The most prestigious competition was the Sei Giorni Internazionale which, in its 26th edition, was held in Varese.
The ten Vespas that took to the start line were regarded with general scepticism: what could they possibly hope to achieve against real motorbikes designed for racing? Yet Vespa, with the model created specifically for that race and based on the Sport version, dominated to take no less than 9 individual gold medals. It was a crushing supremacy achieved on impervious off-road routes and with a pure speed trial at the Monza circuit, which also earned Piaggio the Industry Gold Medal as the only Italian team to win the trial.
The Vespa “Sei Giorni” which took its name from that victory, was very similar to the standard model aesthetically, differing primarily for its larger fuel tank, more streamlined shield and larger right-side pannier housing the carburettor on the cylinder. That Sei Giorni model is one of the most legendary in the history of Vespa and is now highly sought after by collectors. It is one of the most valuable Vespas in the world since it was produced as a limited edition of roughly 300 units, clearly destined for regularity competitions.
Vespa Sei Giorni II Edition 2020
In 2020, Vespa Sei Giorni II edition is produced as a numbered edition and is redesigned in terms of its style and technical content.
Characterised by the large body made strictly in steel, perfect for moving about elegantly in the city but always ready for travel and adventure, the updated Vespa Sei Giorni adopts the most powerful engine in the history of the world's most famous and beloved scooter. The new 300 HPE engine (High-Performance Engine) is the latest evolution of the 300 cc single-cylinder 4 stroke 4 valve liquid-cooled engine with electronic injection. With respect to the first version, maximum power reaches a value of 17.5 kW (23.8 HP) at 8250 revs, which translates into an increase of 12%, while maximum torque, equal to 26 Nm at 5250 revs, rises by 18%.