There is a phrase that says that in order to reconcile the war began. Ending a war or conflict in a region other than produce peace, sometimes it is never unexpected. This unexpected fait can be all sorts and even irrational, such as the growing popularity of one type of two-wheeled vehicle that is the Vespa.
As we both know, the war that raged in the African continent in a decade of irrational 1960'an impact on the popularity of the Vespa, especially in this beloved homeland. As part of the Indonesian people caring for world peace, then after the end of Congo War (the country changed its name several times, Congo, Zaire, Congo), dated July 31, 1960 ouster of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations sent troops to become part of a peacekeeping force in Congo State. Being a high concern for peace on earth, Indonesia has sent his best troops to the Congo with a password Garuda Indonesian troops through several landings.
After duty as peacekeepers completed, Garuda Indonesian troops receive sign recognition from the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, where one of them a Vespa (from several sources said that in granting that there is also a form of money, and some sewing needles crate). Vespa actually seen here already binds us (the scooteris) with our nation in the international arena, although never written in gold ink history of this republic.
Interesting that the award be listened Vespa is also not free from tradition in the military world. Some sources say that for the green Vespa 150 cc of soldiers who aimed for a higher rank level, while the yellow and blue 125 cc for the lower rank levels. In addition to complete identity of Vespa Pin a sign referred to also in the number of soldiers is concerned, on the left handlebar (handlebar) oval-shaped material made of brass and an award plaque that accompanies it.
After that it is in these years with the title ramailah Vespa Vespa Congo milling in the streets, which adds a new Vespa Vespa type had previously been present. This condition was also a positive impact on sales of Vespa in the homeland at that time. Vespa Congo who have been rounded to contribute in the form of free advertising for Vespa importer in Indonesia. This then lead to the development of such a stigma here that turned round Vespa yes; Vespa Congo.
Along with the passage of time will begin an evolution of the Vespa Congo extinction in the ground water occurs. Many reasons that make it happen, as he had sold the Vespa referred to by its original owner, or there are some parts of the severely damaged so it is very difficult to repair. This is the limited number of these species caused Vespa is also very significant presence with a number of our troops are receiving. Although the author had met with the Vespa type forces which do not belong to Garuda Indonesia (the Vespa seems to have also these kind of entry into Indonesia via the Vespa importer that time), but still will supply spare parts or other things that accompany it, such as front or Speedo spakbor the meter is minimal available. Not so with other types of Vespa is still produced, although many by local production houses.
With the above conditions, the Vespa Congo began to enter the list as one of The Most Wanted Vespa in Indonesia, which is used as a mount scooteris as well as collectables for collectors Vespa.
Sibling Vespa Congo
One of the unique Vespa Vespa Congo is not the type manufactured by Italy but by Germany. With raw material steel plate is louder than the generally rounded Vespa, Vespa Congo has a completeness level greater than the Vespa made in Italy are generally distributed in Indonesia (VBB1T or VBB2T). Congo is proof penetration Vespa scooter Italy products that swept the world. To be able to know this can be started from Vespa developments in Germany.
Jacob Oswald Hoffmann is the owner of a bicycle manufacturer in Lintorf, a city located in the North Dusseldorf. He built his own factory to buy a parcel of land upon which had stood for a former factory building hoe / hoe after the end of the war. Once upon a time in early 1949 he found some photos vespa journalists shots above his desk. From here there are fundamental differences, and Hoffman find out more about the object image.
The opportunity came when at the Frankfurt Show, where Hoffmann and Vespa met for the first time. From there later Hoffmann Vespa eager to build factories in Lintorf. He later submitted to the Piaggio Vespa for granted license to build the market for Germany.
Piaggio Hoffmann strongly supports the request. They then saw firsthand likely Vespa market in Germany and found acceptable by the market Vespa Germany. The next step is to them an approach to some importers, but the importers are not interested. The delay is minimized by accelerating the signing of cooperation agreements between the two, and start Hoffmann as the main license for owners of Vespa products for all of West Germany was also partly Vespa market in the northern part of the country and are entitled to export to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Danish. Sales responsibility for the southern area of the state is handled by Vespa Marketing GmbH in Frankfurt.
Vespa quickly proved popular in Germany, the news media picked it up as an innovative product and stylis and praising the ciptaanya Piaggio two-wheeled form of transport vehicles are very interesting. 1953, Hoffmann factory has produced more than 400 units per week Vespa. But entering the following years the production rate decreased by half. In Germany the economic conditions are unfavorable, Hoffmann believes that the solutions remain in the points competition and he created the Vespa with a better performance.
Then he created the Vespa with the title Konigin model that looks stout with the added touch of chromm and headlights and so forth. Konigin development costs are very expensive, and endanger the financial condition of Hoffmann. Manufacture of new types of other scooter made by Piaggio cooperation between Hoffmann lost, entered the partnership in early 1955 they disbanded.
Piaggio and then build a relationship with Messerschmitt Co., Which then issued the production of the first Vespa in 1955. They brought out two models: GS 150 Touren and which claimed more powerful. They also provide after sales and service and spare parts for Vespa Hoffmann production. This cooperation continued until the end of 1957.
After that stand Vespa Augsburg GmbH, a joint venture between Piaggio and Martial Fane Organisation, this joint venture and then also provide some parts for Vespa Messerschmitt. Both models are made when kongsian with Messerschmitt (150 Touren and GS) and then developed with some modifications. In addition it also gave birth to Augsburg GmbH Vespa 125 cc Vespa first introduced in 1958. Production continued until 1963, which represents the peak of the scooter and production changes that are not too many. In the sequel Germany and then imported directly from Italy's Vespa.
From the above description sibling Vespa Congo where we really are? There are several noteworthy thing here is, first of the year partnership between Piaggio with several companies in Germany and two from the side of the year and production numbers that accompany the Vespa Congo itself. From the author of several Vespa penulusuran Congo who are based in BPKB output in 1958 is the year until 1963, when it is very synchronous completion of the task forces associated with Garuda Indonesia as a peacekeeping force in Congo. For this period, the cooperation between Piaggio with Hoffmann does not count. This is due kongsian both disbanded in 1955 and rose-shaped product of the cooperation model of a Vespa with a bicycle handlebar and using Fender Light. The second partnership in Germany with Messerschmitt Piaggio. From this collaboration came out Vespa GS products are often called in Indonesia, Germany and GS 150 Touren version which is the origin of our Congo Vespa, but kongsian too did not last long because in the year 1957. they broke up. However, the development of GS and 150 Touren continues, when Piaggio cooperation with Fane Martial Organization by establishing Vespa Augsburg GmbH 1958, the collaboration is then born of what we call a Vespa Congo