29th Mar, 2023 12:00

National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands

  Lot 105

1963 Vespa GS160 Mk2

Sold for £5,750

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: NSX 435A
Frame No: Not visible
Engine No: Not visible
CC: 160
MOT: Exempt

  • Many original GS160 parts
  • Supplied with original spare GS160 engine and parts
  • V5C for use on UK roads

Launched in 1962 the GS160 was quite a departure from the earlier 150 version and marked the beginning of the new era of the more powerful and many would say more reliable Vespas. With a larger cylinder and clutch the engine case being altered and with spare wheel mounted on the left side of the body. Almost every internal engine part was changed and a different air box and carburettor were used. This necessitated even wider engine cowls than the 150 and the most pleasing and the widest (yet still rounded) ‘behind’ ever seen on a Vespa. And it helped credibility being the fastest standard Italian scooter on the road for a short period in 1962 before Lambretta could launch their TV200 (it was reportedly faster than the TV175). The GS160 Mk2 differed in that the large luggage box inside the leg shield replaced the small boot seen on the Mk1. Overall with a fairly blistering performance of 8.9 HP and with rounded design features that hid the spare wheel and internalised the luggage the GS160 Mk2 is regarded by many as the pinnacle best combination of Vespa performance and style.

This example has been offered as a bereavement sale. We understand that it was in running condition and has been stored in a storage facility. We were unable to see the engine running ATC due to no fuel being allowed in the storage facility. However, we were able to determine that the engine is a later Vespa engine although we are unsure of which model. Although we were informed that it was a deliberate attempt by the late owner to have a faster scooter. The lot is supplied with a verified genuine spare GS160 engine and a set of spare white side panels and other parts. We were able to notice a large number of correct original parts including: Full set of keys including original FAS key, switch, KMH speedometer, Siem front headlight and Bosatta rear light. The panels look good. It appears to have had a 12 volt electrical conversion and supplied with Continental whitewall tyres. Also supplied is a very useful parts spares, operation and maintenance book and wiring diagram. GS160s rarely come to market. Offered with V5C this could represent a very good purchase at a realistic reserve.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Diamond
07768 313001


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Auction: National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands, 29th Mar, 2023

Established in 1993, H&H has sold some of the world's most significant motorcars and motorcycles over the past 30 years. Trusted by over 75,000 clients worldwide, we are the longest established auction house of our kind in Europe. 

An auction of classic motorcycles & vintage scooters taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, West Midlands on March 29th. 

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Wednesday 29th March 2023, from 9am

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