Should I buy this GL?
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Hooked
1986 T5,
Joined: 30 Oct 2014
Posts: 449
Location: Oak Brook, Illinois
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:25 am quote
I've been on the lookout for another Vespa and I found this 1964 GL. I've offered the gentleman $2000 and he countered with $2200. I wanted to see what folks on Not-So-Modern think of this scooter. It runs, and has a title, but it's been repainted.

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Ossessionato
1979 P200e
Joined: 18 Mar 2013
Posts: 2479
Location: Lock Haven, PA
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:40 am quote
Give us some more info....

Does it run and ride?

Does it have and paperwork (like a title)?

When was it last run or ridden regularly? When was it last registered?

From here, it looks pretty nice for a 55 year old machine. It doesn't look like it was stored outside.
Hooked
1986 T5,
Joined: 30 Oct 2014
Posts: 449
Location: Oak Brook, Illinois
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:50 am quote
Iíve been told the scooter has a clean title and that it runs. I will go to see it tomorrow, with a trailer.
Hey Chandlerman, are you busy tomorrow? I think this scooter is in your neighborhood.
Ossessionato
1979 P200e
Joined: 18 Mar 2013
Posts: 2479
Location: Lock Haven, PA
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:56 am quote
I guess the only thing I would add is... is that an original engine? It certainly looks unmolested.... Or at least correct for the model.... I know determining an engine's originality is difficult without matching numbers on engine and frames....

I know some older engines are less desirable than others, but I know nothing of that.
Molto Verboso
1980 P200E project, 2005 Stella Mal 177 MKIII in pieces
Joined: 20 Jul 2018
Posts: 1128
Location: Staten Island, NY
Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:26 am quote
Not knowing enough about this model, yet I would consider this. If the trap headset is original, that is the kind of scoot I would spend more money than otherwise comfortable on.
Hooked
1986 T5,
Joined: 30 Oct 2014
Posts: 449
Location: Oak Brook, Illinois
Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:39 am quote
I just went to the bank and on schedule to go see the GL tomorrow morning. Getting ready to dig the trailer out.

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Member
Vespa Cosa 200 1994
Joined: 01 Oct 2019
Posts: 21
Location: Czech Republic
Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:51 am quote
JUUST TAKE IT!!!
Addicted
Honda elite
Joined: 19 Jun 2007
Posts: 630
Location: California
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:38 am quote
Looks excellent
Ossessionato
Joined: 22 Oct 2011
Posts: 4045
Location: Tega Cay, SC
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:36 pm quote
What's that white stuff on the ground?
Ossessionato
Joined: 22 Oct 2011
Posts: 4045
Location: Tega Cay, SC
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:40 pm quote
Just kidding, 2k for a GL seems fair. So, What's the worse that could happen? If it's all there, if you don't like it after awhile of owning it, you could sell for probably a wee bit more. Or at least break even.
Enthusiast
'62 GS160, '74 Rally 200, '76 Sprint V
Joined: 20 Sep 2017
Posts: 59
Location: Seattle, WA
Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:22 pm quote
Personally, the GL is one of my favorite Vespas. Great styling, and from what Iíve been told, very reliable and a great ride from people who have owned one. If itís legit - meaning it has its original motor, and the body is clean (despite the repaint), Iíd say do it.
Hooked
1986 T5,
Joined: 30 Oct 2014
Posts: 449
Location: Oak Brook, Illinois
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:36 am quote
I donít know if the guy was a scammer or just a jerk, but I drove 30 miles with my old trailer to buy the G.L. and he wasnít home. I even got there 15 minutes early. He wouldnít answer my texts. So I left and havenít heard from since.
Ossessionato
Joined: 22 Oct 2011
Posts: 4045
Location: Tega Cay, SC
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:53 am quote
Man, that sucks, been there. Keep in contact, something legit may have happened. Or the dude is a flake.
Molto Verboso
Joined: 26 Oct 2015
Posts: 1825

Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:07 am quote
...or someone offered him more money for it, is what i'm betting. But at least he should be decent enough to let you know.
Hooked
1960 Series 2 Lambretta, 1962ish API series 2 Lambretta, 1974 Vespa Super 150, 1978 Rally 200, 1965 Allstate VNB
Joined: 18 Mar 2008
Posts: 258
Location: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:07 am quote
It's on ebay currently and has been -- on and off -- several times before.
Ossessionato
1979 P200e
Joined: 18 Mar 2013
Posts: 2479
Location: Lock Haven, PA
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:38 pm quote
Aw man... I'm pissed now, and I wasn't even shopping for this scoot.....

Question for you....

Did he give you any info on the scoot, like if it runs, when it was last ridden regularly, and details on the parts/maintenance/upgrades?

Sorry you had to take a tour of cold Illinois with an empty trailer attached to your car.
Hooked
1986 T5,
Joined: 30 Oct 2014
Posts: 449
Location: Oak Brook, Illinois
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:55 pm quote
He said he rode it around the leafy suburb of Evanston during the summer and that he was a film director.
Molto Verboso
Joined: 26 Oct 2015
Posts: 1825

Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:14 pm quote
Vpfalcon wrote:
He said he rode it around the leafy suburb of Evanston during the summer and that he was a film director.
Did you talk to him verbally over the phone, or via email or text?
Hooked
1986 T5,
Joined: 30 Oct 2014
Posts: 449
Location: Oak Brook, Illinois
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:26 pm quote
All texts
Hooked
1986 T5,
Joined: 30 Oct 2014
Posts: 449
Location: Oak Brook, Illinois
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:30 pm quote
I think that was probably a red flag right there, but live and learn, I guess. Two hours of my time and some gas, but no money lost.
Hooked
1986 T5,
Joined: 30 Oct 2014
Posts: 449
Location: Oak Brook, Illinois
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:32 pm quote
Nice scooter though!
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