Thu May 03, 2012 5:57 pm

Molto Verboso
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Molto Verboso
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Thu May 03, 2012 5:57 pm linkquote
...I admit I'm new to scoots. But, I find a lot of similarity in this diatribe and that spoken in the classic car/ hot rod world from which my roots grow. Us guys, take the "tude" that "to each his own". That's it!, nuff said!
When the "fertilizer hits the ventilator" (reads as, when the frame buckles because the pop rivets were ground down too far), then, the truth will surface, end of story...Ta da! Until then, let's roll guys, the sun is setting on all our lives very quickly!
Happy Trails!
Thu May 03, 2012 8:18 pm

nothing at all
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nothing at all
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Thu May 03, 2012 8:18 pm linkquote
Screw the happy trails.

Lets try this another way.

Gick has a grocery cart with a wobbly wheel from Piggly Wiggly.
Bill Anthony has a cart with a wobbly wheel as well, but he found his at Farm Fresh.

The thing is, Gick is an expert on wobbly wheeled carts and as such knows that they all come from Piggly Wiggly. Bill is in deep denial and wants to believe that his cart has been nowhere near Piggly Wiggly, and thinks that Farm Fresh is okay.

Does that make sense.............................I hope not.
Thu May 03, 2012 8:31 pm

Ossessionato
ET2, PX150
Joined: 15 Jun 2007
Posts: 3410
Location: Denver CO
 
Ossessionato
ET2, PX150
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Thu May 03, 2012 8:31 pm linkquote
jimmyb865 wrote:
Screw the happy trails.

Lets try this another way.

Gick has a grocery cart with a wobbly wheel from Piggly Wiggly.
Bill Anthony has a cart with a wobbly wheel as well, but he
found his at Farm Fresh.

The thing is, Gick is an expert on wobbly wheeled carts and as such knows that they all come from Piggly Wiggly. Bill is in deep denial and wants to believe that his cart has been nowhere near Piggly Wiggly, and thinks that Farm Fresh is okay.

Does that make sense.............................I hope not.
Kind of scary but yeah...makes perfect sense.
Thu May 03, 2012 10:23 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
a not so normal vbb2 '64, a weirdo vbx '86, a not so normal pts100 '82 and a red lipstick '74 sprint
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Thu May 03, 2012 10:23 pm linkquote
its yellow, and its run, the owner like it.. then i am happy for you mate

u should ride it to vespa world day

have a nice day in England and cheer
Fri May 04, 2012 2:36 am

Molto Verboso
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Molto Verboso
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Fri May 04, 2012 2:36 am linkquote
koenig blues wrote:
its yellow, and its run, the owner like it.. then i am happy for you mate

u should ride it to vespa world day

have a nice day in England and cheer
...a nice ending mate!
OK, let's try Happy Motoring!
Tue May 08, 2012 5:28 am

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ET4 & GT160
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Tue May 08, 2012 5:28 am linkquote
Just to clear this one up once and for all.

I recieved an email from Niall at Retrospective Scooters regarding the bike after I sent him a few pictures.

Hi Aaron

Thank you for the enquiry , as you may or may not know we here at
Retrospective Scooters do most certainly not have any dealings with
any scooters from the Far East , that is our policy and remains so .
We source all our scooters from Italy/Spain and the UK and restore
them ourselves here in our London workshops.

The scooter in question was sold by ourselves 8 years previous to a
customer from the Norfolk region of the UK , there has been many
changes that I can see has been made to this scooter but I can confirm
it is not from Vietnam and was sourced in Italy.


Kind Regards

Niall McCart

Retrospective Scooters Ltd
1c Park Ridings
Hornsey
London
N8 0LB
02088885424


So indeed, someone has gone to the trouble of buying all that nam kit and putting on, for what reason is beyond me though.
Tue May 08, 2012 6:43 am

Molto Verboso
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Molto Verboso
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Tue May 08, 2012 6:43 am linkquote
Ouch. That is indefensible.

Why someone would go to the trouble of sourcing VN gas tank and glove box door gaskets is beyond me. Some of that other VN bling, while bad, certainly does not sell it as a VN bike. However, those gaskets do.

If that is true, I certainly stand corrected.
Tue May 08, 2012 7:03 am

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Tue May 08, 2012 7:03 am linkquote
GickSpeed wrote:
Ouch. That is indefensible.

Why someone would go to the trouble of sourcing VN gas tank and glove box door gaskets is beyond me. Some of that other VN bling, while bad, certainly does not sell it as a VN bike. However, those gaskets do.

If that is true, I certainly stand corrected.
Well, it's come from the guys themselves. I would suspect if it was a nammer they'd be quick to deny any involvement with it.

As for why someone has sourced all that crap to go on it, your guess is as good as mine!
Tue May 08, 2012 7:09 am

Mr. Clean
P,SUPER,V90, 50 Special
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Mr. Clean
P,SUPER,V90, 50 Special
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Tue May 08, 2012 7:09 am linkquote
Who cares... Bill is HAPPY!
Dude is happy with his new bike...
there's been enough "sleuth" work done here... (myself included)... I'm punching myself as I ty*@ h3 pe... !


Mr. Bill... enjoy your scooter...
Tue May 08, 2012 8:09 am

Hooked
1962 VESPA SPORTIQUE, 1980 VESPA 100 SMALL FRAME, 2000 VESPA PX 125, 1996 VESPA ET4
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Location: N.Ireland
 
Hooked
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Tue May 08, 2012 8:09 am linkquote
Thanks AKP collected the scooter on Saturday told my friend about the debate on the forum he told he did buy a few parts on eBay so it's all cool I have all the documents to prove it ain't from nam so I'm well happy with the scoot it goes wellsnd I'm very happy with her!
Tue May 08, 2012 8:36 am

TEAM #68
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Tue May 08, 2012 8:36 am linkquote
Nice one bud, you've got a genuine Italian scoot albeit with a few nam'esque addons. Enjoy it summers coming!
Tue May 08, 2012 8:47 am

Hooked
1961 VBB1; 1978 50 Special (no more)
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Posts: 342
Location: Just outside the Beltway
 
Hooked
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Tue May 08, 2012 8:47 am linkquote
If you like it it does not matter what parts have been added and where they come from. Just ride it. As for the last post.... having lived in Norn Iron for more than 5 years (left in 08).... summer is "optional" and rain gears are ALWAYS needed!
Tue May 08, 2012 9:05 am

Hooked
1962 VESPA SPORTIQUE, 1980 VESPA 100 SMALL FRAME, 2000 VESPA PX 125, 1996 VESPA ET4
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Hooked
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Tue May 08, 2012 9:05 am linkquote
Yes the weather here is shit for sure..whereabouts where you living? Cheers AKP it's only a few parts that can be removed I know it's a genuine scooter anyway I'm well happy with it and runs very well! Get some photos of your GT up looking forward to seeing it!
Just back with my friend he was buying a lambertta GP200 today lovely scooter will get a few snaps up of it.
Tue May 08, 2012 11:31 am

Hooked
1961 VBB1; 1978 50 Special (no more)
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Location: Just outside the Beltway
 
Hooked
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Tue May 08, 2012 11:31 am linkquote
I lived in Belfast. Worked as a faculty at QUB. Did not work out well in the end. Came back to the US although I am not originally from here but from the original birthplace of Vespas!
Tue May 08, 2012 11:35 am

Hooked
1962 VESPA SPORTIQUE, 1980 VESPA 100 SMALL FRAME, 2000 VESPA PX 125, 1996 VESPA ET4
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Location: N.Ireland
 
Hooked
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Tue May 08, 2012 11:35 am linkquote
I know queens well. You would notice a massive change in Belfast of late it's really buzzing lots of money has spent on the city in the last 10 years but the weather is still awful !
Tue May 08, 2012 11:41 am

Hooked
1961 VBB1; 1978 50 Special (no more)
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Hooked
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Tue May 08, 2012 11:41 am linkquote
oh I know Belfast got much better! I witnessed part of the changes as I was there between 2003 and 2008. being Italian, the weather was one of my MAJOR problem. Winters were great but... I never had a "real" (for my standard at least) summer!
Tue May 08, 2012 12:13 pm

Hooked
1962 VESPA SPORTIQUE, 1980 VESPA 100 SMALL FRAME, 2000 VESPA PX 125, 1996 VESPA ET4
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Location: N.Ireland
 
Hooked
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Tue May 08, 2012 12:13 pm linkquote
No we really only really get autum and winter here..nice to meet you anyway!
Tue May 08, 2012 12:51 pm

Hooked
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Tue May 08, 2012 12:51 pm linkquote
Likewise.
I never get a chance to ride my Vespa there. It was sitting in my mom's garage in Italy. I just recently imported and registered here and I am about to start riding it (I had to take the motorcycle driving test).
Well, have a Smithwick's (I liked it better than Guinness to be honest) for me or... even better, a double shot of Black Bush!
Tue May 08, 2012 12:55 pm

Hooked
1962 VESPA SPORTIQUE, 1980 VESPA 100 SMALL FRAME, 2000 VESPA PX 125, 1996 VESPA ET4
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Location: N.Ireland
 
Hooked
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Tue May 08, 2012 12:55 pm linkquote
No I try and get out when it's dry which ain't so often! I'm a Harp man myself! You wana see the titanic quarter now..fantastic!
Tue May 15, 2012 4:47 pm

Member
1962 Sportique
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Posts: 7
Location: South Australia
 
Member
1962 Sportique
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Location: South Australia
Tue May 15, 2012 4:47 pm linkquote
Vietname or not....
Interesting discussion.

I can see the parts and accessories that are commonly associated with Vietnamese "restorations", but I do know you can buy these from ebay, or any one of the Vietnamese parts suppliers. I guess the final answer is you'll never know, unless you can find its registration history.

One question though - the Arbath replica exhaust? Have you tried the scooter with any other exhaust? Reason I ask is I bought one years ago from Vietnam and put it on a PX, with the immediate loss of about 25% of power. The supplier ([redacted]) admitted they'd never actually tested one on a PX. I suspect its actually just an empty box with two pipes leading from it.

I have a 1962 Sportique myself - its had a 10 inch wheel conversion in its lifetime and has been resprayed yellow over what seems to be its original red paint. The engine now is an early GL unit with a Pinasco 177 kit and 24mm carb, Sito Plus exhaust.
Tue May 15, 2012 8:04 pm

Hooked
GT 200, Faro Basso, Cosa, VS5
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Location: San Diego
 
Hooked
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Tue May 15, 2012 8:04 pm linkquote
Looks are looks, and the things looks like complete crap! There, now go ride with a smile, but don't get pissed when real scooterist look and comment on your nammy.
Tue May 15, 2012 9:19 pm

TEAM #68
ET4 & GT160
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Tue May 15, 2012 9:19 pm linkquote
eric marin wrote:
Looks are looks, and the things looks like complete crap! There, now go ride with a smile, but don't get pissed when real scooterist look and comment on your nammy.
Eric, myself and probably some other members are curious as to what a 'real scooterist' is.

Could you enlighten us?
Tue May 15, 2012 9:23 pm

Banned
63' VBB 177, 62' Lambretta LI 185
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Tue May 15, 2012 9:23 pm linkquote
eric marin wrote:
Looks are looks, and the things looks like complete crap! There, now go ride with a smile, but don't get pissed when real scooterist look and comment on your nammy.
Yeah, cause real scooterists ride GT200's...
Tue May 15, 2012 10:28 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
a not so normal vbb2 '64, a weirdo vbx '86, a not so normal pts100 '82 and a red lipstick '74 sprint
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Tue May 15, 2012 10:28 pm linkquote
carmonaville wrote:
eric marin wrote:
Looks are looks, and the things looks like complete crap! There, now go ride with a smile, but don't get pissed when real scooterist look and comment on your nammy.
Yeah, cause real scooterists ride GT200's...
darn.. i though real scooterist ride their old vespa everyday and everywhere also fix their vespa by theirself after doing it for the last 15 years guess i am not a scooterist after all

ps: in Indonesia a real scooterist that only care for the look will always gave me a pissin comment about my unperfect shape due to non bondo in the bikes and proud for their shinny painted bike powered by bondo with God know who weld the frame in their bike shinny contest bike

the world is upside down i guess

have a nice day and cheer mate
Wed May 16, 2012 1:37 am

Hooked
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Wed May 16, 2012 1:37 am linkquote
HaHa real scooterist!!! you sound a bit silly Eric!
Wed May 16, 2012 1:46 am

Hooked
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Wed May 16, 2012 1:46 am linkquote
The discussion on my scooter has made a few people sound a bit daft to be fair, fair enough there is a few after market parts on my sportique whic h isnt really a crime i have already took some stuff off it..its an orginal 1962 sportique as AKP can back up with his detective work.
As for Eric the real scooterist I cant stand the snobbish attitude of people like you and for the record i have been rideing scooters for 20 years.
Wed May 16, 2012 2:24 am

TEAM #68
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Wed May 16, 2012 2:24 am linkquote
ebeth mate I would class you as a real scooterist
Wed May 16, 2012 2:36 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
a not so normal vbb2 '64, a weirdo vbx '86, a not so normal pts100 '82 and a red lipstick '74 sprint
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
a not so normal vbb2 '64, a weirdo vbx '86, a not so normal pts100 '82 and a red lipstick '74 sprint
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Wed May 16, 2012 2:36 am linkquote
AKP wrote:
ebeth mate I would class you as a real scooterist
thats so sweet of you mate
so much love in my big family of scooter in this forum, wish i can meet u all and ride along together

many thanks my British brother AKP and to Billy Anthony who appear been longer then me when it come to riding a vespa

have a nice day in England and cheer
Wed May 16, 2012 3:05 am

Molto Verboso
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Molto Verboso
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Wed May 16, 2012 3:05 am linkquote
koenig blues wrote:
AKP wrote:
ebeth mate I would class you as a real scooterist
thats so sweet of you mate
so much love in my big family of scooter in this forum, wish i can meet u all and ride along together

many thanks my British brother AKP and to Billy Anthony who appear been longer then me when it come to riding a vespa

have a nice day in England and cheer
Oh yes, I agree "much love in my big family of scooter in this forum....", but, we tend to stray from the subject a bit and are a bit cynical at times, as well. Eh!, before you "flame" me.....you all know it is true! ....Ha, Ha,!
Happy Motoring today!
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Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:50 am

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PX/T5 ..Sportique
Joined: 17 Sep 2012
Posts: 4
Location: Scotland
 
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PX/T5 ..Sportique
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Location: Scotland
Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:50 am linkquote
Hi Billy. I have known Brian, the previous owner, for most of my life and I KNOW he would not sell a dodgy bike. He does like his shiny things though, so buying bling from Nam doesn't come as a surprise to me !! I had my doubts about it being a Sportique though as he mentioned about it's 3 speed gearbox being too slow. At Blue Circle Rally a few weeks ago, I checked for myself and reckoned it was an Italian VBB and not a Douglas Sportique after all. (They all had four gears). All that really matters though is that it is a straight machine and it's probably better than a Sportique anyway. I'm in the middle of restoring one of the Bristol Beauties and have had loads of grief due to the contrary English habit of using 'Imperial' threaded fixing nuts and bolts. Plus, a 50 yr old Vespa restoration from Italy will have aged better than one made and owned in the damp and humid far East or just in the damp UK !! Good luck with it anyhow mate.
Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:08 am

Member
1962 Sportique
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Posts: 7
Location: South Australia
 
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1962 Sportique
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Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:08 am linkquote
Ruddock wrote:
Hi Billy. I have known Brian, the previous owner, for most of my life and I KNOW he would not sell a dodgy bike. He does like his shiny things though, so buying bling from Nam doesn't come as a surprise to me !! I had my doubts about it being a Sportique though as he mentioned about it's 3 speed gearbox being too slow. At Blue Circle Rally a few weeks ago, I checked for myself and reckoned it was an Italian VBB and not a Douglas Sportique after all. (They all had four gears). All that really matters though is that it is a straight machine and it's probably better than a Sportique anyway. I'm in the middle of restoring one of the Bristol Beauties and have had loads of grief due to the contrary English habit of using 'Imperial' threaded fixing nuts and bolts. Plus, a 50 yr old Vespa restoration from Italy will have aged better than one made and owned in the damp and humid far East or just in the damp UK !! Good luck with it anyhow mate.
Yep, couple of warning signs there, the 3-speed box being an obvious one. And as you point out, all the bodywork on Douglas scooters have imperial nuts and bolts.

I would still be suspicious of its provenance as it seems unlikely that an Italian scooter would end up with a Sportique badge on it. I'd be suspecting it was Indian.

Where is the frame number stamped? Genuine Douglas scooters differ from Italian and Indian scooters in having the frame number stamped into a aluminum strip which is riveted onto the body on the engine side - Italian scooters have the frame number stamped onto the body itself under the left-hand cowl.
Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:53 am

Hooked
1962 VESPA SPORTIQUE, 1980 VESPA 100 SMALL FRAME, 2000 VESPA PX 125, 1996 VESPA ET4
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Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:53 am linkquote
Hi Ruddock mate hows it going, thought you might have been over at this years rally!
No its stamped under the left hand cowl as already proved its genuine.
Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:14 pm

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PX/T5 ..Sportique
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Location: Scotland
 
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PX/T5 ..Sportique
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Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:14 pm linkquote
Rally.
Hi Billy. I was there !! Seven of us got ferry across on Friday afternoon and back home again on Sunday lunchtime. Crackin weekend. Maybe you expected me to be old gray and fat and coz i'm so young and energetic you just didn't recognise me ? It was at the rally custom show when I had a good look at your scooter. My impression was definitely Italian that someone had put a Sportique badge on. Piece of bling ? You have to admit that the badge has a better look and 'ring' to it than plain old VBB or 150. Sportique sounds sixties and sexy I think. Enjoy it for what it is, not for what others think mate.
Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:46 pm

Member
1962 Sportique
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Location: South Australia
 
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1962 Sportique
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Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:46 pm linkquote
Billy Anthony wrote:
Hi Ruddock mate hows it going, thought you might have been over at this years rally!
No its stamped under the left hand cowl as already proved its genuine.
Sorry to have to say it, but if the frame is stamped under the left-hand cowl it proves it is a genuine fake. It clearly is NOT a Sportique, and therefore someone is trying to disguise something and sell it as something else.

Like I said, 3 speed gearbox suggests to me that its an Indian-made scooter. Now there's nothing inherently wrong with an Indian-made scooter, what is wrong is when they are fraudulently passed off as something else. And make no mistake, if someone has stuck a Sportique badge on this scooter it's a deliberate attempt to pass it off as a model that is worth more money than an Indian scooter.
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Tue Nov 23, 2021 10:04 pm

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Vespa
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Vespa
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Tue Nov 23, 2021 10:04 pm linkquote
Billy Anthony wrote:
Hi new scooter to show you hopefully going to collect it tonight a 1962 Vespa 150 sportique. My friend owned it and was selling i couldnt resist it its a thing of beauty! the photos dont do it justice the paint job on this scooter is something else its 2 tone with a gold fleck. Orginal engine runs like a dream im well happy!!
Hi Billy, I have just seen this post & I was the original customer who had retrospective scooters do the restoration for me. This is an Italian scooter. Do you still have the scooter? Or if not know who the current owner is? I would be very interested in buying the scooter back.
Kind regards
Andrew
Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:47 pm

Ossessionato
'70 Super 150, Aprilia SR MT 125, Moto Guzzi Bellagio
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Posts: 2257
Location: Sydney, Australia
 
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'70 Super 150, Aprilia SR MT 125, Moto Guzzi Bellagio
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Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:47 pm linkquote
Send him a PM mate.
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