Quite randomly, I found myself at a Halloween party last weekend where I knew virtually no one. After stumbling upon some Vespa enthusiasts, I talked to a guy whose parents were looking to sell a 76 Primavera that had been in their garage for 20 some years. It looks exactly like a bike that hadn't been touched in twenty years, but is otherwise okay (pics will be forthcoming). There's no rust and the engine looks good. It obviously no longer has fluids of any sort and after opening the gear box, even the grease is long gone. It wouldn't kick over, but the owner stated that it wasn't seized or anything (who knows, however...). I have limited experience with Vespas and am not particularly looking to buy, but he only wants $1,000. I can prob. get him down to $800. As stated, the frame is straight and looks solid. I have much more experience with body work and frames than engines, and I must say, it looked good.
The problem is that I know nothing about Primaveras. I might buy it for a long, drawn out project bike. My wife and I are moving out of Toledo shortly, but I could store the scoot until we move. What are the parts like for a Primavera? Are they available? Easy to find? Cheap? I will base my decision largely on whether I can find parts easily. I like my Rally because I can get virtually anything I need for it (esp. since I'm not concerned with everything being original). Sorry for the long post - but would you pay $800 for it?
The economy may suck right now, but the good thing is that people are looking to sell whatever they can. I feel like I could get a good deal here...