“â€¦the people who went on to make Jaguar motor cars. (The Vespa) arrived in England and they didnâ€™t have anything to counter it, so they quickly sat down and made this horrible little bike out of steam pipe and tinâ€¦”
A 1950 scooter book in Hartnell’s possession:
“â€¦shows all the bikes from A to Z, and when it comes to the Swallow Gadabout, there are seven and a half pages of itâ€™s virtues and how wonderful the bike is and further on in the book you get to “V” for Vespa and it simply says â€˜small scooter made in Italyâ€™.”
Great story, great quotes.