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)
1959 Vespa 150 VBA (roundtail) @ $4,500
Pretty in Pink!
I love pastel colors - especially when it's classic pink combined with sharp
retro black and white accents! It screams late 50's early 60's - think
of Elvis's pink Caddy mounted on a set of stylish Conti whitewalls - luxurious baby, luxurious.
There's probably not a more recognizable scooter silhouette in the world than our gal pictured above. The Vespa 150 series, first sold in 1959, quickly became the epitome of form, function and fun! . . . Did I mention it was fun?
It introduced the covered headset (versus the bicycle-like handlebars prior)
to the masses and quickly became an icon in film, music, magazines and
popular culture the world over!
This one is a killer "resto-mod." A resto-mod or "restoration-modification" is a particular type of restroation where you restore the exterior vintage-correct but modify various mechanical components for either dependability, power or modern convenience.
So what "upgrades" you ask?
Instead of the original 3 speed 125 cc (slow as molasses) motor, this baby is sporting the very powerful, very dependable 4 speed electronic Rally 200 cc (keeps up with modern traffic) engine. Very cool and totally unassuming mounted on her original 8" rims and old-school Conti whitewalls.
As if that weren't enough, the engine's been retro-fitted with a battery powered push-button electric-starter! While convenient, you can still use the old school kick-start (I do!) but a simple push of a button and you're off to work without breaking a sweat. Nice if you're dressed up, in heels (yeah, you too guys - I don't judge) or just like pushing buttons!
Can you say "Sleeper Speedster" in a "Betty Boop" package? Yes, then go get all up in that pink by clicking on her gallery link:
This is a slick little restoration that I would love to take credit for . . . except somebody else beat me to it.
She was designed and built south of me by Moto Paradiso in swanky Santa Barbara - chez, chez pooh pooh! They did a striking job with subtle touches like painting the horncast a "soft white" to tie-in the sexy whitewall tires - simply gorgeous.
I also like the decision to keep original little things intact for authenticity and personality: the brass steering column lock, the glovebox latch and the rare 6-window "clamshell" speedometer. These Items are almost always replaced with new but give great subtle character when preserved.
Speaking of the speedo, it was rebuilt with a custom faceplate to tie into the theme by maestro Steve Burdette (shameless plug - he does great work) at Speedo King in SoCal - nice.
She was obviously commissioned for a
private client because you don't go pink unless you've got a buyer. Why
you ask? Because your audience of buyers is greatly narrowed when you don't play it safe!
Why the heck did I buy her then then you ask? Quite simple . . . I love this scoot and I don't play it safe!
She spoke to me wearing that Marilyn Monroe pink evening gown draped around those voluptuous curves . . . Ooohhhh . . . I need to get a room!
MECHANICAL WORK: Engine (Rally 200 motor) rebuild and replacement. Battery powered electric start unit. Full rebuild of electrical and mechanical systems. All cables replaced. Rebuild (Speedo King) of the original 6 window speedometer including a custom faceplate.
COSMETIC WORK: Previous: Full bore off-the-frame restoration sandblasted to bare metal before bodywork and paint.
Recent: Touch-up paint nicks and scratches. Stainless steel passenger grab rail. New Continental whitewall spare tire. New SIP gel battery to power the electric -tart motor.
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 I order the Pascoli fender and paint her to match the rest of her outfit - this Italian sex goddess will be 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. Touch-up paint nicks and scratches. New spare tire cover. New kickstand and boots.
1975 Vespa Rally 200 (euro) @ $6,500
Ah yes, the venerable Rally 200 - heart be still!
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
1980 Vespa P125 & California Sidecar @ $5,800
I love original patina - If you've read through this website, that's a given.
What else do I love you quizzically ask? I also love the P-series . . . and . . . I love the unique, cool and quirky sidecar.
Here's all three in spades with a nod to my native California; the coveted Vespa sidecar from the famed California Sidecar Company (CSC)!
THE SIDECAR: CSC is known more nowadays for custom motorcycle trikes and trailers but back in the day they were the "go-to" company for specialty motorcycle sidecars.
Founded in 1975, they immediately partnered with Piaggio to produce a specialized sidecar for the Vespa P-Series appropriately named the "California Partner." All the Partner sidecars were were custom painted at the factory to match the Vespa colors available at U.S. dealerships.
The Partner was stylish and compact but had room enough for an adult. Weighing in at a sprite 95 pounds, its fiberglass design was perfectly matched for the power of a scooter.
It sold new in 1980 for $800 with carpet, upholstered bucket seat, windshield, body molding and torsion bar suspension standard. The original tonneau cover pictured above was an accessory that has kept the interior "factory-new" - very cool!
If you cant wait any longer, check out this 53 pic gallery link:
THE SCOOTER: An original, low mileage mint P125 mated with its matching sidecar from the California (sales tags intact) dealership.
P125's engine was an evolution of the dependable and quick Vespa Sprint
150 design retaining a points ignition system. However, the electrical
was upgraded to a much better 12 volt battery system. This allowed for a
brighter headlight and solidly functioning turn signals - sensible
Vespa commuting was born! She's a first-kick time capsule in great shape - straight tin,
original paint, intact reflectors and a working "neutral" indicator
light - practically unheard of!
Garaged all her life, she's stood the test of time. It's easy to see why I would rate this as a collector's "unrestored excellent, original condition" It's only original once and it's rare to find them as clean as this - I'm stoked to have her as a "Daddy's Girl" . . . YOWZA!
MECHANICAL WORK: new michelin tires (safety first - but have the original italian rubber if your a purist!) gas tank clean. carb rebuild. new fuel tap and lever.
COSMETIC WORK: water, soap elbow grease and Penetrol!
1985 Vespa T5 (euro) @ $3,800
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 it when you click on her gallery link below:
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!
While I would never kick a shiny, repaint scoot out of bed for eating crackers . . . I go out of my way to court an original paint survivor!
Cosmetically, this "survivor" looks great with her factory paint, nicks, minor dings and scrapes in tact. I love, love, love (have I mentioned love?) patina so I have no plans to repaint her. In fact, I've clay barred her and detail all surface areas with Penetrol to preserve her "beauty marks" for posterity.
Daddy likey and you should too, damn it!
MECHANICAL WORK: brand new malossi 177cc top end kit.
COSMETIC WORK: water, soap elbow grease and Penetrol!
2007 Vespa PX200 (euro) @ $4,800
Here's something truly exciting, even to a jaded vintage scooter geek like me!
Why is that, you ask? Well, I'll tell you why mon frere and soeur:
It's the last PX series to roll off the Italian assmebly lines before everything went completely 4-stroke-twist-n-go-plastique.
It was NEVER imported into the U.S. (I won't tell if you don't) . . . and . . . wait for it . . .
It's a PX200! The last evolution of Vespa's most powerful 200cc engine . . . Yes ! ! !
Meet the modern incarnation of the classic P-series - technologically updated for a new millennium. You have to take the "Hot Tub Time Machine" back to 1981 to buy the last P-series 200cc scooter that Piaggio sent to the U.S. shores.
Our gal was manufactured in Italy sometime between 2004-2007 (exact serial number guides aren't published) before production for the PX200 ceased forever - and I do mean forever.
These final models had certain visible design features that are telltale of this last production run: redesigned instrumentation and speedo, steering column ignition key, clear turn signal lenses with colored bulbs, halogen headlamp, old-school two tone Piaggio badging on horncast.
You also see the addition of elegant and subtle chromed accents on the mudguard trim, hand grip ends and the bezels of the turn signal and tail light.
The PX200 combines the design silhouette of its original 1970's all-metal monocoque frame with all the modern technology that Piaggio was able to cram in before focusing all their attention on the new generation of "modern" scoots.
This end of an era was marked in 1996 when Vespa celebrated its 50th Anniversary with the introduction of the Vespa ET4 - a fully automatic transmission - 4-stroke - plastic bodied scooter.
No, Im not a hater - I just love classic - and this represents last gasp of air that these Italian maidens were able to make before their time simply ran out. Romantic, yes . . . but sadly true.
So here's the nitty griitty:
1. She has less than 100 original kilometers on the euro speedo (that's about 60originalmiles!if your calculator's not handy)
2. Disc brake on the front fork (you can stop on a dime and keep the change!)
3. Electric start (but you can still kick-start if you're an "OG Playa")
4. More chrome than a rapper's Escalade (not even close, just like using the analogy)
5. The paint is pristine (factory shipping stickers still on the body just like the sales tag on a gangbanger's baseball cap - yo dog, this place is lousy with urban analogies)
6. She's street legal, titled and registered in Cali (worth the price of admission - not an easy task in the current climate friendly environment if you know what I mean - and I'm sure you do)
MECHANICAL WORK: none - she's brand new and still being broken in!
COSMETIC WORK: none, damn it - I said she's brand new. I lied - I replaced the original factory "grandma" seat with an Ancillotti racing seat cause its cool and sleek.
Coming Soon @ $0,000
Time to have some fun!
Nothing stirs up the hornet's nest on the Vespa-Lambretta chatboards and scooter geek blogs like the humble "Asian restoration"
Love 'em, hate 'em - doesn't matter. They've infiltrated our shores like a bad case of the Bird Flu and they're here to stay!
So if you've read up on the humble bodge, and have worked yourself up into a frenzy . . . you may ask yourself . . . "Why the hell is it here smelling up the joint and sharing space with "real" scooters!"
Cause I found one I dig . . . and one that suits my personality laundry list:
1. I have a sense of humor . . the bodge-thing is funny to me.
2. I embrace The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!
3. I find warts attractive (maybe I shouldn't share such things)
4. I like irritating Haters - life's too short to be a Dick.
5. A little controversy makes for good conversaton.
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