27th Mar, 2024 11:00

National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands

  Lot 105

1976 Vespa Rally 200
Extremely original with full provenance

Sold for £11,500

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: PFK 248R
Frame No: VSE1T 0032587
Engine No: VSE1M 0032850
CC: 200
MOT: Exempt

  • Original sales receipt
  • Original all over including paint in rare Azzuro China colour
  • Full known history and only 2 owners from new
  • British registered from new on 22nd October 1976
  • V5C present for use on UK roads

The Vespa Rally 200 made between 1972 and 1979 is much sought after by collectors due to its excellent and powerful performance coupled with attractive lines. Just over 41700 were produced. The Rally also known as the Queen of Vespas was a large performance step up from the earlier models of the 1960s. The 180 versions were well-received for their performance and appearance. The 200 was similar to the Rally 180 but with a larger capacity cylinder capable of producing over 10hp and crankcase modifications were made necessary to accommodate that. There was also a new FEMSA electronic unit and the Rally 200 was produced in a range of vibrant colours in tune with the fashions of the 1970s.

Here we present a remarkably original example. The original old blue-type logbook confirms it was bought brand new by a Mr Robert Ross of Dudley from Joseph Devey and Co. (Motorcycle Agents) of Wolverhampton and the original sales receipt shows the price paid was the sum of £395.81. It is the extremely rare 30th anniversary model of which it is said only 400 were produced in the Azzuro China colour. Our vendor purchased it from the first owner in 2013 and has never used it (the V5C is showing 3 previous users because our vendor put the scooter into his father-in-law's name and then back to himself, although neither of them actually used the scooter). The mileage is showing 8,284 miles and this is believed to be genuine. We can see from the MOT test in 1979 the mileage at 8,150 miles. It is believed to have been stored away soon after 1979 and not used since. The original logbook, guarantee and service book are present as is the original user manual in English.

All over the scooter we can see originality and the paint has no touch-ups anywhere that we could see. There are no holes cut for crash bars. The engine is unmodified, the seat is the original. The Femsatronic ignition is the original 6v. We noted that the wheel rims and tyres are new as is the horn and stand feet rubbers, but that was all. The original VARTA battery outer casing has been re-used with a smaller modern battery inserted inside. Everything else is as it was when purchased. It also comes with the original tool bag and tools (not photographed) and full original keys, of course. Remarkably despite being laid up since 1979 the scooter starts and rides. This is a very rare opportunity to acquire one of the best original Rally 200s to come onto the market for some considerable time.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Diamond
07768 313001


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Auction: National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands, 27th Mar, 2024

An auction of classic motorcycles & vintage scooters taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, West Midlands. Venue Details

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