I met a guy on my travels who excitedly told me he had a '68 Sprint that needed to be reassembled. He said it was all restored with a rebuilt motor 17 years ago and ready to go back together but he can't find anyone to do it.
I was riding the SS and told him I was pretty good with these things and he showed me a picture. I just had to tell him it had all the earmarks of a SEA resto and he said that was because he lives in Vietnam for part of the year and he had his friend who is a top notch Vespa dude do all the work on it and ship it over here. He added that he had a bunch of parts to complete it and anything left over was mine. I told him to bring it on down.
He also told me about a five day ride along the entire length of the Ho Chi Min Trail to scout motels , etc. for a Vespa club tour.
So... this is what he shows up with..... a true Vietnamese Classic
It does look fairly good from what I can tell ( I've only found one patch) and maybe wasn't as bad a machine before the restoration as we have seen and maybe the guy's work is above average over there, but it was definitely an old worn out Vespa now smoothed with bondo and painted a light pearl/citrus yellow. Had to throw that in.
I like the what-appear-to-be stick-on hub covers. The crash bars are solid SS. He had the floor mat custom sewn. It needs cables and some electric and brake work and the motor is said to have been started a few years ago. We'll see.....
The bonus score for me are the four sets of NOS yellow boots !!! I bet you can't get those from Scooter Mercato....