What we love:
We love to travel, we love Vienna and we love funky sightseeing solutions.
What we also love is to show you the beautiful city of Vienna through our local eyes and on our three Italian wheels.
Who we are:
We are a small team of travel addicts, tour choreographs and driving freaks, who have gathered some valid experience with innovative tourism with the Hotrod Tour: These tiny karts are a hell of a fun to ride and are our other sightseeing tour.
What 's our quest:
Extraordinary transport has always fascinated us. Since we are always on the run for more exhilarating ways to show you Vienna, the iconic Italian Ape Calessino popped up on the Viennese horizon...
This fresh sightseeing tour is another unique way to see the hometown of Schubert, Tafelspitz and Sacher tart.
We are certain you'll love it, too.
History and design
The Piaggio Ape (Italian for 'bee'), is a three-wheeled light commercial vehicle based on a vespa scooter produced since 1948.
At the end of World War II, most Italians, badly affected by the war, lacked means of transport and, more importantly, the financial means to buy and maintain full-sized four-wheeled vehicles.
In 1947, the inventor of the Vespa, aircraft designer Corradino D'Ascanio, came up with the idea of building a light three-wheeled commercial vehicle to power Italy's economical reconstruction, an idea which found favour with Enrico Piaggio, the son of the firm's founder, Rinaldo.
The very first Ape model and the mark immediately following it were mechanically a Vespa with two wheels added to the rear, with a flat-bed structure on top of the rear axle. The early sales brochures and adverts referred to the vehicle as the VespaCar or TriVespa. The first Apes featured 50 cc, 125 cc or 150 cc and more recently 175 cc engines.
By the time of the 1964 Ape D, a cab was added to protect the driver from the elements. The Ape has been in continuous production since its inception and has been produced in a variety of different body styles in Italy and India.
The name refers to the work ethic of this vehicle – "ape" in Italian means "bee".
Controlled with scooter style handlebars (current TM version could be bought with a steering wheel), the original Ape was designed to seat one, but can accommodate a passenger (with a tight fit) in its cab. A door is provided on each side, making it quicker to get out of the vehicle when making deliveries to different sides of the road.
The Performance is suited to the job of light delivery, with good torque for hills but a low top speed, which is irrelevant in the urban settings for which it was designed. Outside of towns, Apes are customarily driven as close as possible to the kerb to allow traffic to pass.