100 best gadgets ever: The Engineering Age

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Piaggio Vespa (1946)

Piaggio Vespa (1946)

With the war over, the Italians were free to get back to drinking coffee and ogling women but the country’s crushed economy meant few people could afford a car to get to the local piazza. Piaggio, which had been building fighter planes, went beyond the call of duty to produce this timeless two-wheeled design classic, which became a 1960s icon across Europe.

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