To start out with, i picked up the scooter from an insurance auto auction (Copart) about 8 years ago. It happened to be up for auction at their Portland, Oregon yard. The bidding is all done online, but you can preview the autos/motos beforehand (if you live close enough to one of their yards). I decided to NOT drive the 30 miles over to the yard to preview it. I placed a bid, and boom...later that week i found out i was the highest bidder! I was working a remodel job that was about 15 miles away from the auction yard, so i had a friend give me a lift over there in his car. I paid for the scooter (and all of the crazy auction fees as well), kicked it over and started it up, and rode it back to my jobsite. My buddy and i then stuffed it into the back of my 1980 Civic hunchback. I then transported it the 30 miles back home.
I didn't have much time to look it over until the weekend, but i pretty much knew what i had (more on that later)...which was an Allstate that was in pretty good condition. I took a picture of the two piece stamped steel headset, and showed it to my friend who builds very nice Lammys and Vespas. He recognized this particular scooter right away just by looking at the headset color. Turns out he was the one who was commissioned to build it for someone else!
The previous owner wanted a very nice, very quick, great handling, and very reliable Allstate. So that means that there was already installed a stock P200 engine, aftermarket shocks, PK fork, 10" wheels, and a semi-hydraulic Grimeca disc brake (which is exactly how i would build an older Vespa for the most part)! I only rode the Allstate a couple times because there was damage to the legshield where the badgebar had torn though the sheet metal. I didn't like the looks of the damage, so under a tarp it went for MANY years. About a month ago, most of my other scooters were apart, and i needed something to ride right away. So i pulled out the Allstate and it fired right up with fresh fuel in the tank! That ride definitely jumpstarted my motivation and love for the scooter! I wanted to do a few things to it to "make it my own". But there's only so many things you can do to a vintage scooter that has already been built pretty darn nicely. So my goals are to bring it up to the year 2020 with some modern-ish touches. Yes, all of the expensive stuff has already been done for me, but there are some tricky things that i still want to do to it. My two main goals are a full hydro front disc and MUCH better lighting (planning for LED on a 12VAC system). I'm sure other stuff too will happen...whether planned or unplanned.
Anyhow, here's a pic of the Allstate in the back of my little Civic right after i picked it up 8 years ago!
Notice the Lambretta sticker on the back window of my car?