I'm getting rid of my fully restored Vespa; it's no longer something I need or want.
Despite having suffered some water and impact damage, it's been fully restored to the condition it was in when it left the factory, with a few stylish extras. A list of parts that have been replaced is below, if that's your kind of thing.
For the chance to win this fine example of mod transportation all you need to do is guess what she would have sold for in 1965. You only get one go, but if you're right she's yours - no strings attached.Terms
This competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone that entered and good luck.
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About the seller:
Name: Jimmy Cooper Living in: London
WHObay member since: 12/11/1963
One of WHObay's earliest members, Jimmy seemed to stop visiting our little site some time in 1965, which we can only attribute to a general loss of interest in the mod scene. This scooter is the first item he has bought or sold since then.
A final farewell to the affiliations of his youth or just clearing some space in the shed? Who can say...
Work carried out on the bike:
Any damaged parts have been replaced with new, plus some additional customisation to achieve that signature mod style:
Vespa PX125 frame
Vespa 2-stroke single cylinder engine
White-wall tyres and custom hubcaps
Passenger back rest (chrome)
Front luggage rack (also in chrome)
Mod-style extra mirrors
Period-style handlebar tassels
Faux fox tail aerial.
Electrical and kick starter
Engine capacity: 123cc
Bore: 52.5 mm
Stroke: 57 mm
Cooling system: Forced air
Gearbox: Four speed manual
Front brake: 200 mm steel disc
Rear brake: 150 mm drum
Wheel rims: 2.10 - 10”
Rear tyres: 3.50” - 10”
Wheelbase: 1,260 mm
Seat height: 810 mm
Fuel capacity: 8 litres
Ask Jimmy a question:
Questions from other bidders:
Q: How much do you pay for the scooter new?
A: Around £195.00 but that was a few years ago.
Q: How much did you spend on the repairs?
A: Quite a bit actually. All in all, repairs and new parts cost about a week's wages. I'm on an average wage for a bloke in 1965.
"I never thought I'd get let down by being a mod" Jimmy
Your parents drink themselves silly. The only job you can get is as a dustman. You've found out that the girl you love is now seeing your best friend and you've just seen the Ace Face from the Brighton riots working as a bell boy.
Full of leapers, gin and despair Jimmy dumps his scooter in the sea. The next day, would he have gone back to get it? And sold it?
The scooter for this competition has been built by Vespa to be as close in spec as they can get to Jimmy's. If you can guess what Jimmy's renovated scooter would have sold for in 1965 then it's yours! Bids should be made in pounds, sterling. There is only one prize. If more than 1 person guesses correctly the winner will be drawn at random. That's it!