The iconic Vespa has just celebrated its 75th anniversary, during which time it has produced over 19 million scooters and has become a style icon the world over. The worldwide demand for the Vespa was such that in the 50’s it was manufactured in 13 countries and sold in 114.
Douglas, a British motorcycle manufacturer founded in 1907 and based in Bristol, built Vespa scooters, under license from Piaggio, from 1951 until 1965, producing 126,320 Vespa scooters during that time. After production ended with the Vespa Sportique in 1965, they continued to import some models up until the end of the 60's when Piaggio took over importing directly.
The Vespa 150 sprint was one of the first models featuring the now iconic Trapezoid headlight and had a 2 Port 150cc Engine that was famed for its reliability. It was also one of the first of the "standard" range of scooters that featured 10 inch wheels taken from the GS range; a vast improvement from the 8 inch wheels of earlier models.
This lovely 1968 Vespa 150 Sprint is a UK Market from new machine which are very hard to find due to the corrosion issues presented from life in this country.
The scooter came into the possession of the current owner only recently, having bought it from a friend who had had it a couple of years but never really used it. It came from a large collection of bikes that were part of an estate sale, and unfortunately that is all that is known, as there is very little paperwork other than the original log book and the current V5, showing only 3 previous keepers.
Looking at its condition it has probably undergone a fairly intensive and sympathetic renovation somewhere in its life, and perhaps there was a new speedometer fitted at this time, which now shows just a shade over 300 miles.
The bike comes with the V5 showing 3 previous owners, and the original UK log book for when it was first registered in 1968.
The V5 states that its current plate is non-transferable, possibly because it was kept in a collection and off the road for a long period of time, but again there is no certainty that this was in fact the case.
It is registered as an Historic Vehicle and thus requires no MOT or Road Tax.
Condition overall is pretty good, with the paintwork and chrome looking bright and shiny. Tires are all new and it is fitted with a full set of touring bars and racks, which are all straight, and without dents or scratches.
There are a few blemishes and paint runs in the paintwork as shown in the photographs, and some scratches here and there on the side panels, but the seat is in good shape and all the lights are free from any cracks. Some of the chrome is beginning show its age a little, as you would expect from a bike this age.
The running boards are a bit marked and scuffed here and there and there are some larger scratches to the underside. The wheels look very good and all the switchgear functions and shows very minor signs of use over the years.
Mechanically things don’t get much more simple than the Vespa. The bike has been fitted with electronic injection in place of points and has a magneto coil system which powers the lights once the engine is running, although there is space to fit a battery should the new owner wish to power the parking lights which it would have had since new as was a legal requirement in the UK in the 1960's.
Two stroke oil has to be pre-mixed in the tank at 2% mix. The scooter starts easily and the engine sounds sweet so this is a bike you can just ride away on.
With the Vespa’s bright colours and all that chrome this is one hard to miss bike, proudly standing out from the crowd, bringing a smile to those who encounter it on its travels, and of course the lucky rider.
For its age, this scooter is in great condition and should provide the next owner with years of classic two-wheel, stylish, motoring fun.
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