VBB was purchased here in Indiana via e-bay from a "project collector" that obtained the bike un-running in the early 1980's, where it sat in his shed till April 2013.
I obtained it with all parts except Piaggio Emblem, a chrome trim piece on the engine housing, and the cylinder shroud tin.
Piston is stuck, lots of crusty bits, and dents. Tires are a Michelin on the front and a "Made in USA" on the back... so with 8000 miles and change on the odometer I would guess those miles were pilled on fast from about 1963 to 1971... I found a marina registration tag of some sort on it dated 1971, from Ohio.
Photo below of its condition.
As of this posting I finally got the flywheel nut off/circlip. The piston is still stuck, but now that i have the nut off I will replace it with a new one and not be afraid to turn it hard. Vicks Vapo Rub, and PB blaster applied to piston.
I had a few people remark that the "patina" is nice, I am in the throws of a sympathetic restoration to user condition, or a 80% restoration with fresh paint. Daughter and I think a pistachio green or lemon yellow... I also like the "international orange" used on Porsche and Volvos back in the 70's.
Photos before I started restoration.