Need opinions on value on my 1971 VBC 150 Super
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Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:54 am quote
I have a 1971 VBC 150 Super that I am thinking of selling. It is hard to believe that I first posted here about it exactly 10 years ago. You can see pictures of it in this old thread : http://modernvespa.com/forum/post609999?highlight=#609999

It looks the same now but it is actually running better than it ever has in the years I have owned it. Everything works including the running lights, front and rear brake lights and the horn. From what I've read, 1971 was the first year for auto lube and the design changed a lot beginning one year later in 1972. I don't know if that is accurate, but the auto lube is still working I have never had an issue with it. It has under 6,000 original miles and was sold new in the U.S. and still has an original dealer decal on it from 48 years ago. It is rough but not terrible, and has the original paint. Very early 1970s color for sure.

Anyway, what do folks here think it is worth? Also, where is the best place to advertise it? Thanks in advance for your input.

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Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:16 am quote
Nice scoot!

Always iffy when someone post the question "what do folks here think it is worth" because most of the folks here are looking for a deal (cheap sob's with me being cheap sob #1).

You may get different opinions but a range of $1500-$2500 is my suggestion.
Being that's it's original and running properly is a huge plus.

Clean it up if you can. Remove some of the surface rust with diluted CLR and a scrub pad. Clean, wax seal it and post in the for sale section here, scoot.net, craigslist and facebook vintage scooter classified. Of course, be aware of scammers.

Someone may make you an offer, as is, from just this posting.

Good luck!
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1976 Super (x 2), 1974 Primavera (x 2), 2006 Fly 150
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Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:40 am quote
I agree with rowdy. Very cool scoot, has a lot going for it... US bike, complete, unmolested, lots of original parts, still rocking the 8ís. The tuna can light and fender reflectors are hard to find items, and that puke green paint is a color you donít see often. Itíll make somebody very happy.
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Honda elite
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Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:41 am quote
Cool scoot seen one other original color like that one in 30 years
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PX150 and 1 drowned P200,
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Location: Hustletown, TX
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:09 am quote
Atomic Booger.... the best Vespa color ever made.

If I had 2.5 to 3K, I'd buy that thing faster than you could crumple a kleenex....

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1980 P200E, 1974 Primavera, 04 Ninja 250
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Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:02 pm quote
Yeah I'm a sucker for originality and that bike oozes it. I'd hit it for what birdsnest said - it's worth it.
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Vespa
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Location: US
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:42 pm quote
It seems to be very unfair for this kind of legit, original scoot where it's getting pretty low value comparing to the shinny bodge from SEA at an easy price of 4-6k.

Why is it all the newbies in the market for a scoot always go for those shinny crappy one?

With the assumption engine is all good, this Super at its decent condition should be at least 2.5k
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1980 P200E, 1974 Primavera, 04 Ninja 250
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Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:32 pm quote
Yeah itís crazy what people shell out for bodges but they arenít part of the legitimate market. Solid USA scoot with ugly signals or signal holes for me any day and Iím interested.
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1980 P200E, 1974 Primavera, 04 Ninja 250
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Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:34 pm quote
In this case itís too early for holes but the signs of authenticity outweigh any lack of bling!
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Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:48 pm quote
My wife explained it to me. She said "If it looks good, and it's nice and shiny, people will pay for it because they see themselves driving it.". The issue is the "driving it" part! Dooohhhh!

For the complete novice, that would be the appeal. More money than common sense. And the desire to own it outweighs stuff like, "It ran when I parked it" comments from dubious sellers looking to unload said bodge.

The OP's beauty of a scooter - If it was closer, I'd go for it. I LOVE the color - Atomic Puke. It's awesome....
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1979 P200e
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Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:10 am quote
THIS is the scooter I keep telling everyone is a great entry into vintage Vespa.

It's a rider. It's currently ridden. And it's original. You can't ask for more than that in an almost 50 year old scoot.

It's not all boogered up with a different engine, modified fork, or weird modifications. Nobody took it upon themselves to remove autolube or the battery to "make it more reliable".
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'62 GS160, '74 Rally 200, '76 Sprint V
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Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:58 am quote
A 150 Super was my first scooter as a teen. I rode, and rode, and rode that scooter and never had any issues with it. Very dependable, and agree with others that itíll make a good first scooter for someone. Some advice for giving it more curb appeal if you want to put in the effort:

1. Gumout and 0000 steel wool are great for removing surface rust, and wonít harm your paint or metal surfaces. Gumout is also great for removing decades of grime and crusty oil. Just spray it on and youíll see that stuff melt off. For rubber parts, like handle grips, some Simple Green on a cotton ball can remove dirt that lodges into all those nooks.
2. Give it a good, thorough wash.
3. Follow up with polishing compound. I apply it with cotton cosmetic pads you can get at any grocery or drugstore. Go easy as being too aggressive can harm the paint, but it will get some surface marks and even some types of discoloration off.
4. Follow with two coats of wax.
5. Hereís a trick a mechanic taught me back when I had a classic T-Bird: for rubber, put some Johnsonís Baby Oil on a cotton ball and saturate things like the grips, center mat, etc. Yes, itís going to make them all oily but the rubber will absorb the oil, and it helps to ďremoisturizeĒ it. Takes a couple of days, and then your rubber parts will look almost new unless some parts are really shot.

Unfortunately, Supers arenít the most sought after Vespas, so I think the low figures others quoted are accurate, which is a bummer as you have a really nice looking, original scooter. That said, hopefully itís held its value for you and gave you lots of fun rides.
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PX 150
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Location: Dublin, Ohio
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:45 am quote
Thanks to all who chimed in. SEA--thanks for the specific advice but in light of the scooter being nearly 50 years old, I think I am going to leave the "patina" as is because some folks might find it appealing. I actually do prefer its current look, rather than having it all shined up. I have now listed it for sale here on the forum. If nobody here wants it I will post it up on sccoot.net and other places people here suggested. If a buyer wishes to shine it up, a lot can be accomplished quickly with some 0000 steel wool and Kroil, some cleaner/wax and some 303.
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Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:06 pm quote
I think itís a cool bike too. Sell it for 2500 or less. Sounds like you had fun with it, probably make someone very happy at that price.
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2017 White Vespa 300 GTS Super/2017 Vespa Sprint "S" 150 Platinum
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Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:52 am quote
rowdyc wrote:
Clean it up if you can. Remove some of the surface rust with diluted CLR and a scrub pad. Clean, wax seal it !
What do you mean by sealing it and how do you do that ? Is it to get the rust off and leave the metal exposed and seal it so it doesn't rust again and you can see the missing paint as its great patina??
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Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:53 am quote
Yep...thats exactly what he means
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2017 White Vespa 300 GTS Super/2017 Vespa Sprint "S" 150 Platinum
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Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:05 am quote
fraggleexport wrote:
Yep...thats exactly what he means
What do you use ? A clear coat paint and do you apply to complete vehicle ???
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Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:33 am quote
scooter jones wrote:
fraggleexport wrote:
Yep...thats exactly what he means
What do you use ? A clear coat paint and do you apply to complete vehicle ???
Some paint with clear coat but it does not look natural. Several coats of car wax will seal it ok especially if it is stored inside. Clean it up with soap and a clay bar to get all of the rust and dust off before polishing and wax.
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Fri May 10, 2019 3:25 pm quote
She now sits in my garage .Thanks Apex !!!
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