The Piaggio Ape recently celebrated its 60th
birthday in Italy as the first of these
vehicles was launched in 1948 based on the
Today, Ape is available for the UK market in
the 50cc petrol, TM 218cc petrol, TM 422cc
diesel and the special Calessino versions.
In 2007 Piaggio reintroduced a limited
edition version of the Ape Calessino, a
truly unique vehicle of which only 999 will
Perodua UK Limited, the importer of Piaggio Commercial
Vehicles into the UK, are delighted to announce that
they are now adding the popular Ape range of 3-wheel
vehicles to their existing line up of light commercial
vehicles in order to appeal to a wider market.
Ape recently celebrated its 60th birthday in Italy as the
first Ape was launched in 1948 based on the Vespa scooter.
Corradino D’Ascanio, the designer of both the Vespa and the
Ape, designed Ape when he realised the demand for a compact
light commercial vehicle in Italy. The result of this unique
design and Ape’s unbeatable versatility has led to sixty
years of success for Piaggio as Ape is now recognised and
Since the first Ape was introduced, there have been many
welcome developments with the range.
The first evolution came in
1952 when the displacement of the Ape increased from 125cc
to 150cc resulting in a higher load capacity. Then in 1954
the Ape C was launched, which was a small truck able to
carry up to 350kg. In 1958, the Ape D came along which was
bigger than previous models with a displacement of 170cc and
also saw the introduction of the cab complete with doors.
The Ape TM, still in production today, was launched in 1982
and was a completely new concept as the dimensions of the
vehicle and cab were bigger resulting in a larger payload,
plus the option of a steering wheel made it more comparable
to a traditional 4-wheel commercial vehicle. In 1984, the
422cc diesel engine with 5 speed gearbox was introduced
further broadening the range.
In 2007 Piaggio reintroduced a limited edition version of
the Ape Calessino, a truly unique vehicle of which only 999
will be available. The Calessino was incredibly popular
during the 1950’s when Hollywood stars used them as a
runabout at exclusive holiday resorts on sunny Mediterranean
islands. The latest version is an ideal reinterpretation of
the design that was admired in the 1960s with its blue body,
wood inserts, cream upholstery and chrome finishes.
Today, Ape is available for the UK market in the 50cc
petrol, TM 218cc petrol, TM 422cc diesel and the special
Calessino versions. The use of Ape is longer limited to the
world of work and is becoming more popular as a method of
Ape 50 is available as a Panel Van, Pick Up or Cross and is
ideal for deliveries in busy towns as it can travel down
narrow streets and park in the smallest of spaces. The most
functional use for Ape 50 is as a marketing tool for
businesses, as its unique design is guaranteed to attract
attention from passers by whether stationary outside a shop
or on the move.
Ape TM is available as a Panel Van, Pick Up or Tipper and
has a choice of either a 218cc petrol or a 422cc diesel
engine¹. The Tipper and Pick Up also have the option of a
steering wheel² or handle bars. TM has an impressive payload
for such a compact vehicle and although larger in size than
the Ape 50, is still easy to manoeuvre with a turning circle
of just 3.4m. The load volume of the Panel Van is a
surprising 2.5m³ making it useful for delivering goods. The
Ape Calessino meanwhile is ideal for
leisurely drives in the country or by the coast with its
fold down hood. The limited edition design makes it perfect
for lovers and collectors of the Ape brand. Prices for the
Ape range in the UK start from only £3,595.