One of the more unusual motorcycling collaborations in recent memory has seen Vespa and Disney join together to create a scooter with colours and detailing inspired by the iconic animated character, Mickey Mouse. To mark the 100th Anniversary of the Walt Disney Company this year, the ‘Disney Mickey Mouse Edition by Vespa’ was announced just ahead of Disney’s official centenary on 16 October.
The limited-edition scooter celebrates two brands that, according to Vespa, have always been in the zeitgeist thanks to unmistakable shapes and colours. Going further, Vespa says their values of freedom and fun, shared with Disney’s values of storytelling and escapism, makes for the perfect collaboration.
“A timeless icon like Vespa could not fail to celebrate this very special occasion of Disney’s 100th Anniversary, and an equally everlasting icon like Mickey Mouse, with a tribute to creativity, imagination, light-heartedness, and fun – the very values that have always anchored Vespa,” said Michele Colaninno of Piaggio Group.
Claire Terry, a Senior VP for Disney Consumer Products, Games & Publishing, adds: “Just like Mickey Mouse, Vespa is a cultural icon, evoking a sense of fun and adventure. Together, they form a wonderful combination, truly extending our timeless storytelling.
“We are incredibly excited to bring this version of the iconic scooter to our fans in our centenary year and bringing all of Mickey’s charm and personality to road trips wherever people want to go!”
The collaboration hasn’t been a one-way street, as a Vespa features in Luca, the 2021 animated fantasy from Disney and Pixar. Set in 1950s Italy, the story pivots around the lead character’s desire for a Vespa that he and his friend can travel around the world on.
While the Disney Mickey Mouse Edition by Vespa is based on the Primavera 125 and 150 for other markets, the version for the Australian market will be based on the Primavera 50. Defining features include a black body with red accents that reference the pants of the world’s most famous mouse. Yellow wheels pick up on Mickey’s shoes, while the black mirrors echo the cartoon character’s iconic ears.
A Mickey Mouse silhouette pattern adorns both engine covers, as well as the leg shield, where the Mickey’s “signature” is also added. The same signature is embossed into the offside leading edge of the seat, with an additional Mickey Mouse graphic below.
Colours and graphics aside, the Disney Mickey Mouse Edition by Vespa is unchanged from the standard Primavera 50. A compact scooter with an air-cooled, four-stroke 50cc single that produces 3.2kW and can reach a top speed of 55km/h, the Primavera 50 also features adaptable combustion technology, an automatic transmission, monoshock front and rear suspension and 12-inch alloy wheels. Disc front and drum rear brakes with ABS, LED lighting, electric starting and a digital instrument display are all standard.
The latest version of the Primavera 50 features more room between the handlebars and the seat,as well as more underseat storage space. Seat height is 780mm, fuel capacity 7 litres and dry weight 102kg.
While the regular Primavera 50 is priced from $6,940, the Disney Mickey Mouse Edition is available from $7,590 ride away. Australian allocation is strictly limited, though, so check with your Vespa dealer for availability. More details can be found at: vespa.com/au_EN/