In 1950s, the French Vespa licensee, Ateliers de Construction de Motocycles et Automobiles (ACMA), produced five hundred examples of this military vehicle. M20 recoilless rifle was integrated into a Vespa with a 150cc engine. The Vespa 150 TAP could be dropped by parachutes and was almost instantly ready for action. This vehicle was developed for the French Troupes Aéro Portées, and hence the name TAP. The Vespa 150 beated the Valmobile 100 and the Bernardet 250 to bag the order of supplying to the armed forces. There were two production runs; one in 1956 and then followed by the next in 1959.

Source: Gizmag.com

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