Original MSRP for Vespa/Lambretta in the 60's, 70's or 80's
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1980 P200E project, 2005 Stella Malossi 166 MKIII
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Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:05 pm quote
Thinking about the current cost of modern Vespas and the vintage secondhand counterparts got me wondering if anyone knows the original sticker cost for various vespa models in the 60's, 70's and 80's were? I have mentioned in a few different posts how, while I do love vespas, I think they are an expensive luxury brand currently.

It would be an interesting look back to understand how the brand has or hasn't changed from cheap to luxury commuter vehicles and the value these scooters retain or possibly gain throughout their lifetime.

Any of you out there lucky enough to be alive and owning Vespas back then from new have any memories on what you paid for various models throughout vespa history?

Same for Lambrettas if anyone was an original owner.
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P200e
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Location: Orange , Ca
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:00 am quote
I purchased a P200e in Southern California in 1983 . Brand new at the vespa dealership it was $1135.00 out the door . They had three colors.White , burgundy,and silver .
Hooked
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Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:22 am quote
Inflation calculator shows that $1135 is $2,918.32 in today's money. A steal!
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1972 Vespa Rally 180, Piaggio LT 150
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Location: Austin, TX
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:08 am quote
Vespa 50 in 1964 was $244. That price can be seen in several ads from the time. That's $2,015.69 in today's money. Keep in mind that the tech in a modern Vespa is way beyond what they put into the vintage ones. They were simple machines while the new ones are packed with tech by comparison.

Cars have also become comparatively more complex and more expensive.
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74 50s x2 78 P200 84 Cosa 58 AllState 68 Sprint 80 50special + projects
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Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:16 am quote
I wanted one but couldn't find HUNDREDS of dollars so I just looked at the pictures for a few years, always waiting for the new catalog. They looked so sexy, practical and hopefully nonthreatening to my mom.

sears.jpg

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Ossessionato
1976 Super (x 2), 1974 Primavera (x 2), 2006 Fly 150
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Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:35 am quote
“2 cycle 6.5 to 1 compression ratio and 123cc displacement means real power.

“So here’s your chance to get out of the house. Take it.”

Sears sure knew how to write ad copy, didn’t they?
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1980 P200E project, 2005 Stella Malossi 166 MKIII
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Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:19 am quote
Love hearing about these prices and seeing the marketing for them back then!
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74 50s x2 78 P200 84 Cosa 58 AllState 68 Sprint 80 50special + projects
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Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:31 am quote
SoCalGuy wrote:
“2 cycle 6.5 to 1 compression ratio and 123cc displacement means real power.

“So here’s your chance to get out of the house. Take it.”

Sears sure knew how to write ad copy, didn’t they?
Yeah but they straight up lied to me and as a potential customer, I was completely deceived at the time:
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... This is the scooter that thousands of tourists tour Europe with every summer. Its front end coil spring, rear shock absorber and huge coil-spring saddle really soak up the jolts.

That's NOT the scooter. Those tourists enjoyed a front shock too, as we all know today.
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Vespa
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Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:58 am quote
Man... I love to look at Sears catalog up until the 90s.
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'66 Super 150
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Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:16 am quote
I'm totally sold on the racing red Cruisaire. Imagining the open fields and twisty narrow paths I'd travel all across Europe. Throw in those waterproof saddlebags for $24.95 and I am all set. Who couldn't afford $17 a month for such a raring good time!

Thanks for sharing the ad. Loved it.
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Modded Vespa 2017 GTV 300, BMW 2017 C650GT, Ural 2019 Gear Up
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Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:20 am quote
ph0ngvu wrote:
Man... I love to look at Sears catalog up until the 90s.
Yeah those were awesome.

Mind you many a curious young boy used to enjoy looking at certain sections of the catalogue for other reasons than looking at all the cool stuff. Today all a kid has to do is go online and they figure out how to turn safe search off pretty quickly.

I remember I paid $500 a piece cash for my 1st 2 scooters. Both used but with very low milage as in under 1000k. A 79 P200e and a 79 Lambretta Jet 200.
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PX150E
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Location: Florida, USA
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:40 pm quote
In the Summer of 1987, while stationed in Germany with the US Air Force, I bought my new U.S. spec 1985 PX150E for $1150. However, someone had scuffed the right cowl and broken the front brake lever.
The manager of the base military store had the lever replaced and the scooter prepped free, with an additional $ 300 discount. So, it cost me only $850 total.


Today, I am still riding it almost daily.
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85 Vepsa PX150E with sidecar, 80 P200 with sidecar, 96 Goldwing with Hannigan Sidecar, LR87aj5, LR91aj3
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Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:25 pm quote
Sears and big dreams
in 1961-62 the Sears catalog was well worn around our house. I dreamed of long rides across the country but making a whole 85 cents an hour part time it just was a dream that would have to wait.
Ossessionato
LXV 150 3v ie. Midnight Blue (Sold)
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Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:10 pm quote
SoCalGuy wrote:
“2 cycle 6.5 to 1 compression ratio and 123cc displacement means real power.
Most 2-strokes had low quoted compression ratios. It is the way they are calculated.

Not unlike the quoted compression ratios for turbocharged cars now.
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