I fear asking this, but you fellows seem to have a good grasp of "authentic" and I'd love to solicit thoughts on these two 150cc vehicles (and I'm happy to send more pics of certain areas of the bikes that could inform opinions if you needed them)...
I was posted to the US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, and while there purchased and shipped these two home to the USA. The orange is a 1962 VBB with 8" wheels and the silver is a 1977 Sprint 150 with 10" wheels.
The work was done at a very small shop (that I visited frequently) in-town with very small production, catering mainly to the European and western diplomatic staffs posted there. The shop completed a bike or two a month with a staff of 5-6 guys (most had worked at the Piaggio plant in Pakistan before it closed a decade or two before) with each bike taking 2-3 months to restore.
Based on the premise that not all non-American/non-European outfits are scams, I'm really interested to get you all's take on the overall quality, workmanship, and keeping-true-to-Vespa standards of these two machines. What are the tell-tale signs of "bodge" work that I should be looking for?
Welcome any and all thoughtful comments... Thanks! I'm happy to keep adding pics of suspect areas if that helps.
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