THESE ARE "DADDY'S GIRLS" - MY PERSONAL HAREM OF SCOOTER HOTTIES:
SOMETIMES FULLY RESTORED, SOMETIMES JUST RESCUED AND TWEAKED TO RUN, BUT ALWAYS POLISHED, RIDDEN AND LOVED.
ALL THE GOODIES: MOTOR, MECHANICALS AND ELECTRICAL ARE WORKING, ROADWORTHY AND SAFE.
ALL HAVE CLEAN HASSLE-FREE TITLES.
IN OTHER WORDS, THESE LADIES ARE LOCKED, COCKED AND READY TO ROCK - BOOYAH DADDY, BOOYAH!
NOTE FROM YOUR MOTHER:
CYBER-PARKED HERE IS MY SELF-IMPOSED LIMIT OF NO MORE THAN 4 PERSONAL SCOOTS THAT YOUR'S TRULY DRIVES ON A DAILY BASIS.
ANOTHER NOTE FROM YOUR MOTHER:
MY THERAPIST HAS SUGGESTED THAT I PUT A PRICE ON EVERY SCOOTER I OWN - EVEN MY PERSONAL SCOOTS.
SHE REASONS THAT THIS WILL KEEP ME FROM BECOMING A HOARDER.
I REASON A SECOND INCOME FROM BEING FEATURED ON THE TLC CHANNEL'S "HOARDING: BURIED ALIVE" IS A SOUND FISCAL PLAN - BUT WHAT DO I KNOW?
THIS TIME FROM YO MAMA:
YOU THINK THE LISTED PRICE FOR A "DADDY'S GIRL" IS TOO FAR UP THAT MODEL'S
VALUE SPECTRUM, THEN IT'S SAFE TO ASSUME I'M NOT ANXIOUS TO PART WAYS WITH A FAVORITE MISTRESS!
ALAS, NOTHING LASTS FOREVER. EVEN A FAVORITE MISTRESS IS SOMETIMES READY FOR ANOTHER LOVER.
MAKE ME A REASONABLE OFFER IF YOU'RE THE NEXT SUGAR DADDY! (THERAPISTS SUGGESTION - NOT MINE)
1967 Vespa GT125 @ Coming Soon!
Here's another "rare-bird" Europe-only model that I really dig for a lot of different reasons.
Although the frame is identical to it's trapezoid headlight sister Sprint model, a mere 50,000 units were produced.
It had a smaller 125cc engine that could skirt the driver's license laws of the day. This made it possible for Piaggio to sell to large European market of teenagers without a drivers permit.
Considered by most vintage scooter enthusiasts to be the last of a bygone era.
Why you ask? . . . Because the Rally was the last of the all metal Vespas to come off the Piaggio factory assembly lines in Pontaderra, Italy.
The Rally in its 180 and 200cc incarnations had a 12 year run before the P-Series took over incorporating the boxier lines and plastic body parts (headset and horncast) indicative of the "new" style that would usher in the 80's.
Although I love all Rally's, I am particularly fond of the Euro version never imported into the U.S. Partly because of its rarity but more so because it's as the Italian designers intended.
These designers had to scramble to change elements of the U.S. versions: mandatory turn-signals, a smaller sealed beam headlight, a funky, clunky "tractor-style" tailight and decidedly cheesy reflectors on the front fender.
All these changes were required by the U.S. Department of Transportation's motorcycle saferty laws of the 1970's and Piaggio couldn't export Vespas here unless they made a U.S. version.
By contrast, the Euro version had a much sleeker look because gangly turn signals and reflectors weren't yet required by European law. It was also was equipped with a much larger (non-sealed beam) headlight and a sportier "flush-mount" tailight.
Euro look was definitely preferred by owners in the U.S. So much so that it's hard to find a U.S. version where its owner did not remove the turn-signals, reflectors and stalk tailight in favor of achieving sleekness!
Back to our gal . . . she was imported from Italy about 15 years ago by a local San Francisco scooter shop and has remained in the Bay Area ever since.
She's sporting a new coat of paint in her original Italian "Rosso Canyon" paint code. I'm in love with the color because of its unique funky coolness. It's hard to describe and looks different depending on light and shadow - It's part orange, part brown, part caramel and part fabulous!
MECHANICAL WORK: Older engine rebuild & mechanical restoration. Gas tank clean. Carburetor rebuild.
COSMETIC WORK: new paint job
1965 Vespa SS 180 @ $8,000
The SS or "Super Sport" vies with the GS as my all-time favorite 60's-era Vespa with the "must-have" trapezoidal headlight!
Produced for just two (1965-66) years,
only around 36,000 units were produced making it fairly rare and sought
after. It was a continuation of the GS piston-ported engine design
that added a larger bore cylinder and piston to give it more power.
The most obvious change from "top-of-the-line" sporting GS
it replaced was the shift from the voluptuous Sophia Loren curves of
the past. Drastically different. angular and squared off edges found
their way onto cowl, front fender, horncast and headset design.
much-coveted Mod icon SS has the distinction of having the widest cowls
that Vespa ever made giving it a positively massive and sexy rear end -
the modern day scooter equivalent of Eva Mendes - yowza, yowza, yowza!
This one was first restored 10 years ago and then put into storage and
never ridden (I know - crying shame!) With a few hours of attention she
started right up.
From the previous restoration, there are a couple of holes drilled in the wrong place for mounting the rubber floor strips. Not a biggie if you are looking for a daily driver, but will need attention if you are planning to show the scoot.
She also had an incorrect front Super fender installed as part of the older restoration. Not an uncommon restoration shortcut 10 years ago because the one-model only SS fender and Cowls simply were not available. It's been only recently that the "maestro" Mauro Pascoli started reproducing quality versions making enthusiasts very, very, happy!
After ordering the Pascoli fender and painting to match the rest of her outfit - this Italian sex goddess is elegantly dressed to impress whether at a Puccini opera or a Small Faces concert.
Check out her pics before booking your concert tiks:
MECHANICAL WORK: Older engine rebuild & mechanical restoration. Recent: Gas tank clean. Carburetor rebuild.
COSMETIC WORK: Older off-the-frame restoration. Recent: Front fender replaced with correct version and painted. Touch-up paint nicks and scratches. New spare tire cover. New kickstand and boots.
1973 Vespa Rally 180 (euro) @ $6,000
very first scoot and the one that started this crazy addiction that manifests
itself on these very "Pazzo" pages was a Vespa Rally.
I sold that first (1974 U.S version) Rally to prove to myself that I could do it.
Sound strange? Not really. I had accumulated 23 scooters without ever actually having sold one! I was in serious hoarder denial and selling her was the only action I could think of to sever the "head of the beast" and end my downward spiral of addiction!
Vespa made two versions of the Rally that were pretty much identical.
The primary difference between them was the size of the motor. The
first had a 180cc motor and the second a a slightly larger 200cc motor
with electronic ignition. The
motor finally got a rotary valve powered design that was not only more
efficient than the preceding GS/SS piston ported design (2% vs. 5%
two-stoke oil) but more reliable and less finicky.
styling cues on the Rally somewhat paralleled those of the Super Sport
that it replaced, but the front fender and side panels were not as
wide. In addition, the aluminum trim formerly used to give a "luxury"
appearance was eliminated giving the series a sleeker and sportier look.
This version is the classic European model most often sought by purists for its cleaner "old school" lines. "Cleaner" because being
non-battery / non-oiler, there is no key switch in the headset and no
oil sight glass protruding from the frame. Adding to the silhouette is
the sleaker Euro flush
mount taillight adopted by Piaggio from the Sprint. The US models were
required by law to use the clunkier metal stalk "tractor style" units. Our gal came by way of a "friend of a friend" in Florida. He called me last year and told me
his buddy was thinking of parting with his prized Rally. Needless to say, I
was all over it like marinara on pasta! Not long after she was on a semi trailer making her way from one sun drenched coast to the other.
The Rally will always be my first love and if I only could have one
scooter ("Say it isn't so Joe!") . . . well . . . need I say more? It's generally agreed the Rally is the quintessential balance of classic Vespa style with modern speed and reliability.
And now for something completely different . . . ultra-rare . . uber fast . . . quasi funky . . . and never imported into the United States.
This bad-ass lady reeks of the "futuristic" eighties in a delightfully Jeff Bridges "Tron" (ala 1982) inspired techno hip tip. If you've never seen the speedo and control panel of this one-off original - you're gonna love when I post her pic gallery.
Having come of age in the 1980's, this baby screams of big hair babes and dudes sporting shoulder pads in their suits . . . a dated esthetic? . . . of course . . do I love it? . . hells to the YES!
Speaking of screaming, she also screamed on the open road with a stock factory 125cc motor designed by the Piaggio engineers to be as fast as a P200 . . . No way . . Yes way - look it up.
But a 125cc motor as fast as the P200 wasn't good enough for our gal picture here. Yes my "speed freak scooter geek" friends, she has a 5 port aluminum Malossi 172 cc racing kit designed especially for the T5.
I could care less about racing. However, quick 0-60 acceleration, comfortable 70 mph cruising on the straight-aways and zippy response in the curves is my cup of scooter tea!
Cosmetically, this survivor looks great with her original paint, nicks, minor dings and scrapes in tact. I love patina so I have no plans to repaint her. If anything, I'll detail her with Penetrol to preserve her "beauty marks" for posterity.
MECHANICAL WORK: brand new malossi 177cc top end kit.
COSMETIC WORK: water, soap and elbow grease!
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