FOREIGN TRADE: Country on Wheels

Not since the Roman chariot, have the Italians made a vehicle so peculiarly and proudly their own. Throughout the country, Italians ride swiftly to work & play on streamlined little two-wheeled scooters that do more than 100 miles on a gallon of gas. The motor scooter, invented in the U.S. but never a big seller, has become the model T of Italy, putting the country on wheels, breaking down regional barriers, and filling the air with its sputtering roar. Whole families ride a scooter. While the father drives, and one or two children stand on the tiny floorboard between...

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