Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Vespa family: France - A.C.M.A

France – ACMA
The Vespa was built under licence by A.C.M.A. in its factory at Fourchambault. Two models were offered, the 125 and the 125 GL. In contrast with Pontedera’s 150, the A.C.M.A. version was fitted with an engine derived from that of the 125 and had different bore and stroke dimensions.
However, the most interesting A.C.M.A. model was the military Vespa. The project was initiated in 1953 when the French army decided to replace its now obsolete American Cushman scooters that dated from the Second World War. 

A competition was organised with the Valmobile 100, the Bernardet 250 and the Vespa 150 being entered. The eventual winner was the Vespa and production got underway in 1956. Designated as the TAP 56 and revised in 1959 as the TAP 59 (TAP standing for Troupes Ae’ro Porte’es), the military Vespa was finished in a typical dark olive green only and was produced exclusively in France. 

It boasted a number of special features, including a reinforced frame as it was designed to be able to be parachuted. What is most striking, however, is the presence of a 3’’ cannon protruding from the leg-shield, while on either side the side-panel were fitted with ammunition racks. 500 examples of the military Vespa were constructed and the vehicle saw active service in Algeria and Indochina.


  1. What ever happened to nuttypauls vespa Bella. zunddapp army scooter from the 195os...from London ,walthamstow ,nuttypauls ..the time machine,east London scooter club..tel..07904349813

  2. He had a army sidecar on it..crazy bike ,scooter ,sorry..he drive that time machine scooter to italy and back in 1997 euro lambretta rally in milano..and he took seconds and d.j. the gig...at the factorie disco milano..

  3. yea..it looked mad..had brass bits all over it...very steampunk..before steam punk was invented..oi..oi. army green and brass colours...with brass doorbell to turn on/off engine..ha it was in scootering magazine 4 pages ..I think...he put a t.5..engine in it...with 175 kit...""'fast'''from the royal British legions scooter club...Germanwelfare council..lodin..Berlin..Malaga...branch's

  4. It's back on the road again ..without the sidecar...somebody nicked nuttypaul commacampervan..and the side car was inside it..he wasn't insured,so he got nothink back...but the timemachines up and running again...around London..enfeild..looks well..go's alright too!!!!.et..et...