Some background first. The New Zealand 180SS story has been told many times on the forum but basically it is like this. In the 1960s we lived in a heavily protected economy so if we wanted something from overseas then the best thing to do for motor vehicles etc. was to bring it in CKD (completely knocked down) and get about 20% local input, including the assembly labour. So these arrived as kit sets and they were assembled using NZ wiring looms, NZ tyres and NZ seats primarily.
Gina is one of these, assembled and sold here in 1965.
How I come to have her is another of those funny tales that life lets us be part of occasionally. In this case I have reached a stage in life where the Government has just started returning some of my taxes in the form of NZ Superannuation and I thought a "retirement" project for when that actually happens would be fun and productive. I had gone to the point of making an arrangement to buy a Lambretta that needed extensive work from a friend. However, before that transaction took place I got a text message from a friend who supplies me parts asking if I was serious about wanting a 180SS. When I was at secondary school these were the scooter of my dreams, only money separated my dream scooter and I becoming one. Having casually answered of course he gave me a contact and a deal was struck.
The first challenge was getting the scooter from where it was to where I live. Below is a map of our little country, I live in Hamilton in the North Island, it was in Invercargill in the South Island, and not just in the South Island, as far south as you can go south almost - it feels like the South Pole is closer to Invercargill than Hamilton is. Keep in mind also that we had severe earthquakes in the Kaikoura region last year and State Highway 1 was, and remains, blocked around the Kaikoura township. I priced trucking her north, and I work for a company with trucking interests throughout NZ, but it was cheaper to drive down and back because I have full private use of my company car and the fuel is free. So that was arranged.
More to follow.
Note Hamilton in the North, Invercargill right at the bottom of the South Island. Kaikoura is on the East Coast of the South Island between Nelson and Christchurch. The alternative route is through steep country with many trucks using a road that is not d
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