The term Tuk Tuk is often used to describe what is in fact a Piaggio Ape. The Piaggio Ape, an iconic Italian design, is a three-wheeled light commercial vehicle that has seen itself transformed into the most beautiful Prosecco, Coffee and Ice-Cream carts.
The three-wheeled vehicle is generically known as an Auto rickshaw, and has many names and varieties around the world. For instance, India has a version they call the Bajaj.
Although, it’s such an amazing vehicle that will be a shining gem on the street, that when converted in line with your mobile business aspirations, would be deserving of whatever name you choose to call it.
The possibilities with the Ape are endless and we take a closer look below.
The Start of an Iconic Trend
Ape, pronounced Apeh means “bee” in Italian. The vehicle was designed by the same creator of the Italian Vespa. Piaggio have been manufacturing the Ape since 1948 after its creator, Corradino D’Ascanio, designed the vehicle to meet demands for low-cost transportation after WWII. Thus, the vehicle was built to be functional and practical, which is why its stylish character is even more of a treat.
The Typical Features of an Ape
The typical features of an Ape make it the ideal vehicle for using in small-streets, which is why the vehicle is suitable for those who have a business involving maintenance work. This includes gardeners, painters, and alike.
As previously mentioned, the Ape has three wheels and a light-framed body. There are doors on each side of the vehicle, making it easier to get out on different sides of the road – perfect for making deliveries. While its small size means, it can be parked almost anywhere
That’s right, the Ape doesn’t exist as a one and only “queen bee” vehicle type. There are various configurations, including vans and pickups.
There’s the Ape Classic with the handcrafted gull-wing back, which provides the vehicle with a retro three-way-opening-back-box.
The Ape 50cc, the 50cc referring to the small engine size, is a quirky smaller alternative to the Ape Classic. What’s more, the Ape 50cc is available as an electric vehicle!
The Ape and Mobile Cart Conversions
The best Ape conversions will use the finest materials to enhance the Ape’s striking appearance, to all those who spot it.
The latest conversion trends for the vehicle include gleaming and pristine white-wall-tyres. This carries through to the chrome side-mirrors and a quadro lucido steel-top work surface.
Iconic and Trustworthy
Those wishing to purchase an Ape can still benefit from the confidence installed with its Italian beginnings, by ensuring they purchase a vehicle that comes with an official Piaggio warranty.
The Big Coffee.com is the sole importer of Piaggio commercial vehicles who provide a 2-year UK warranty, to ensure your little gem continues to run smoothly. It is the only warranty that ensures any spare parts obtained, will be to the same quality as those initially fitted.
For further information, call our friendly team of experts today on 01482 655020.