The Vespa Sei Giorni is a special-edition scooter based on the Vespa GTS 300. The first limited run was revealed back in 2017, sporting classic green ’50s Vespa Squadra Corse livery. Earlier this year, the Vespa Sei Giorni II was unveiled in gray for 2019. The Vespa Sei Giorni is a tribute to the winning Vespa Sport machines of the 1951 “Sei Giorni Internazionale di Varese,” also known as the International Six Days Trial (ISDT) regularity rally held in Varese, Italy in 1951.
“Sei Giorni” translates to “Six Days” and the Racing Vespa became the unexpected star of that historic event in 1951 by bagging nine gold medals. Soon after, Vespa sold 300 units of the Vespa 125 Sport Sei Giorni with high-performance features — purpose-built to participate in regularity rallies. The original Sei Giorni model (circa 1952-1953) is now one of the most significant, desirable, and valuable Vespas today.
Because of the success of the 2018 Vespa Sei Giorni in green, Vespa decided to put out a second iteration — the Vespa Sei Giorni II Edition, this time in a dedicated gray scheme. The 2019 Sei Giorni II is equipped with the new 278 cc High Performance Engine (HPE) of the current GTS 300, an evolution of the water-cooled single-cylinder engine with EFI. The 300 HPE makes 23.8 PS at 8,250 rpm and 26 Nm of torque at 5,250 rpm.
The Vespa Sei Giorni II is built around the GTS 300’s steel monocoque body designed to suit both urban riding and touring. On the special endurance rally-inspired edition, the headlamp is placed low on the front mudguard, the steel handlebars are exposed, and the gauges are white analog meters — protected by a polished windshield. Like the Squadra Corse (Racing Team) livery of the ‘50s, the Sei Giorni II’s retro look incorporates white racing numbers on black circles. Meanwhile, Sei Giorni badging and a special-edition plate highlight the model’s uniqueness. It also comes with a sports seat with white stitching, a spacious storage compartment, USB port, and ABS as standard — with a seat height of 790 mm, fuel capacity of 8.5 L, and weight of 160 kg.
The 2019 Vespa Sei Giorni II has been available to order in Europe and the US, and is apparently now making its way into the Asian market. Japan seems to have gotten it first, where it sells for ¥788,400 (including tax). Availability and pricing in Southeast Asia has yet to be announced. Around three months ago, Vespa Philippines was finally able to sell the 2018 Vespa Sei Giorni locally — which might be a good sign that the archipelago will manage to get a couple examples of the 2019 model.