The high-powered, zooming Vespa scooter was birthed on April 23, 1946. Immediately adopted as a symbol of Italian freedom, this revolutionary vehicle helped Italian society drive out of the destruction caused by the World War II. The Vespa offered Italians an inexpensive means of travel, which jumpstarted the country from its post-war standstill and catapulted the people into an age of acceleration that was not only physical, but mental. Citizens once forced to walk everywhere in order to purchase medicine or food could suddenly be seen speeding around town on a vehicle whose name translates in English to ‘wasp’. This new motorized wonder was, and still is, equipped with antennae-like handlebars that crown its wasp-like body.