For much of the time there was an electric start option. The “Elestart” variant had a modified chassis with an access hatch on the left that housed two 6v batteries to drive the Bosch starter motor. In all other respects, though, the Elestart was the same as the normal 50 Special – even down to being made in the same colours. Developments of the two versions were concurrent, so the V5A3 is the original Elestart from 1969 with nine-inch wheels; the V5B2 from ’72 has ten-inch wheels, and the V5B4 from 1975 has the four-speed gearbox. In fact, very few Elestarts were actually sold despite being available until the late seventies.
First series V5A3T/V5B2T ( 1969 - 1975 ): Although always been easy to start the engine with the crank 50 Special, Piaggio has created this model aesthetically the same, with an electric starter of the engine on the left side of the rear of the body (with a second flap) staying there two batteries from 6 volts , while on the right side remained the engine compartment. The electric starter took advantage of the stator assembly-fly ' alternator , this system was called " dynamotor . " The key is inserted into a lock on the handlebars and started the engine with the starter system of today's cars (the painting was shown on a big red light between the lock and the odometer) on the steering tube remained the lock to only the insertion of the lock, and as with Special, behind the shell could be placed the spare tire or the glovebox. The transmission was a three speed transmission.
Second series V5B4T ( 1975 - 1976 ): the change has been increased from three to four gears and the words "sale" and "50 Elestart" are straight and oblique rather than in printed in italics as in the first series.
Of this model were produced about 7805 copies of the first and second series, and he had great success by overcoming Special: this option of electric start is designed for women, while the male audience preferred orient its choices on the Special, which does not differ much from the new model. Chrome yellow is a new color after dyeing the Special, a color that has always characterized this model.

Vespa 50 Elestart - Series description

V5A3T  1969-1972 (#1 series - MK1)

V5B2T  1972-1975 (#1 series - MK1)

V5B4T  1975-1976 (#2 series - MK2)

Vespa 50 Elestart - Technical specification

Frame type Rim Gears speed km/h Specification

V5A3T  1969-1972 (#1 series - MK1)

V5A3M

smallframe 9" 3 gears 40 km/h

engine: single cylinder, air cooled 2-stroke induction: disc valve bore: 38.4 mm stroke: 43 mm cubic capacity: 49.77 cc bhp at rpm: lubrication: 2% oil transmission: 3 speed constant mesh 1st gear: 1: 25.12 2nd gear: 1: 14.13 3rd gear: 1: 8.94 clutch: wet - multiplate carburetor: Dell'Orto main jet: slow running jet: diffuser: main air bleed: starter jet: ignition: contact breaker & coil ignition timing: 19 degrees BTDC breaker gap: 0.3 - 0.5 mm voltage: 12 volt wheels: 9" tires: 2.75 x 9"

V5B2T  1972-1975 (#1 series - MK1)

V5B2M

smallframe 10" 3 gears 40 km/h

engine: single cylinder, air cooled 2-stroke induction: disc valve bore: 38.4 mm stroke: 43 mm cubic capacity: 49.77 cc bhp at rpm: lubrication: 2% oil transmission: 3 speed constant mesh 1st gear: 1: 25.12 2nd gear: 1: 14.13 3rd gear: 1: 8.94 clutch: wet - multiplate carburetor: Dell'Orto main jet: slow running jet: diffuser: main air bleed: starter jet: ignition: contact breaker & coil ignition timing: 19 degrees BTDC breaker gap: 0.3 - 0.5 mm voltage: 12 volt wheels: 10" tires: 3.00 x 10"

V5B4T  1975-1976 (#2 series - MK2)

V5B4M

smallframe 10" 4 gears 40 km/h

engine: single cylinder, air cooled 2-stroke induction: disc valve bore: 38.4 mm stroke: 43 mm cubic capacity: 49.77 cc bhp at rpm: lubrication: 2% oil transmission: 4 speed constant mesh 1st gear: ? 2nd gear: ? 3rd gear: ? clutch: wet - multiplate carburetor: Dell'Orto main jet: slow running jet: diffuser: main air bleed: starter jet: ignition: contact breaker & coil ignition timing: 19 degrees BTDC breaker gap: 0.3 - 0.5 mm voltage: 12 volt wheels: 10" tires: 3.00 x 10"

Vespa 50 Elestart color (colour)

* Blue: MaxMeyer 1.298.7490
* Chromium Yellow: MaxMeyer 1.298.2933
* Coral Red: MaxMeyer 1.298.5880
* Katmandu Red: MaxMeyer 1.298.5875
* Racing Red: MaxMeyer 1.298.5806
* Red: MaxMeyer 1.298.5847
* Silver: 2.268.0108
* White: MaxMeyer 1.298.1715
* (Fork, Hub, Flywheel, etc.) Aluminum: MaxMeyer 1.268.0983
* Inside Gray Primer: MaxMeyer 8012M

Vespa 50 Elestart - VIN numbers; VIN serial numbers; Chassis number

  VIN prefix Year VIN Chassis Number Vespas made  
V5A3T #1 series - MK1
V5A3T1969 1001 - 102019
V5A3T1970 1021 - 36962 675
V5A3T1971 3697 - 48331 136
V5A3T1972 4834 - 5708874
V5B2T #1 series - MK1
V5B2T1972 1001 - 1106105
V5B2T1973 1107 - 1932825
V5B2T1974 1933 - 32081 275
V5B2T1975 3209 - 3667458
V5B4T #2 series - MK2
V5B4T1975 1101 - 1282181
V5B4T1976 1283 - 1533250

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