Vespa 400

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Vespa 400
Vespa 400
Manufacturer ACMA
Parent company Piaggio
Production 1958-1961
Assembly Fourchambault, France
Class microcar
Body style(s) 2-door Cabrio coach Turismo
Layout RR layout
Engine(s) 393 cc, 2-cylinder, Two-stroke
Transmission(s) 3-speed manual
Wheelbase 1693 mm (66.7 in)
Length 2850 mm (112.2 in)
Width 1100 mm (43.3 in)
Curb weight Template:Auto kg
Fuel capacity 23 l (6 US gal) (5 imp. gal)

The Vespa 400 was a tiny passenger car with a 349 cc engine built in both 2 and 4-seater versions.

It was produced by Piaggio, and was introduced in 1957.


Rear engine, rear wheel drive.
Two cylinder, two stroke, air cooled. Bore, stroke: 63 mm x 63 mm (392 cc).
Compression ratio
6.4 to 1.
Four wheel independent. Four double acting hydraulic shock absorbers with coil springs.
3 speed, with 2nd, 3rd and reverse synchromesh. 4 speed available in non-U.S. markets.
Body Dimensions
Width: 50 inches (1.27 m). Length: 112.5 inches (2.86 m). Height: 49.2 inches (1.25 m). Weight: under 850 lb (385 kg).
Track, front and rear
43.3 inches (1.10 m). Wheelbase: 66.75 inches (1.70 m).
With only 18 hp (13 kW), top speed is 50 to 55 mph (80 to 90 km/h), depending on road grade, wind conditions, etc. Achieving top speed takes a leisurely 25 seconds.