15th Nov, 2023 11:00

National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands

 
  Lot 114
 

1965 Vespa VBB2 (125)

Sold for £1,725

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: ACY 125C
Frame No: VBB2T254414
Engine No: E12 C3141042
CC: 125
MOT: Exempt

  • Very original in appearance
  • Replacement engine
  • V5C registered for UK roads
  • Probate sale

The VBA range of Vespas were the immediate successors to the long-running ‘handlebar’ scooters of the 1950s and in the UK was the successor to the 152l2 and had cast handlebars like the GS. The VBA had a completely redesigned body and engine which formed the basis for decades of future Vespas. The engine was a rotary inducted design which improved reliability, gave more power but reduced fuel consumption and required less oil in the fuel mix. The carburettor was relocated to a position just above the engine. The whole package was a much more professional-looking machine whilst retaining many similar features of the desirable lines of the GS. The later VBB models with 150 engine were sold in the UK with leg shield trim, Clamshell speedometer and GS style rear light. Today the VBB is an appealing Vespa and an appreciating model.

This VBB appears to have been originally registered in the UK and re-registered in 2007. It has a pleasant all-over patina. The frame number is correct for an Italian-made machine. In 2013 the engine was renewed completely by Worthing Scooter Services at a cost of £676, with a 125cc Indian manufactured unit. It has been converted to 12v. Looking at the file of invoices, there appears to have been quite a lot spent on this scooter over the years, to keep it roadworthy. We understand from the vendor that the late keeper wanted to change it to 125cc, in order to be legal, hence why the engine was changed. We can only speculate, however, the original Italian 150cc engine, with correct numbers, is also supplied with the lot. The engine was ‘free’ but we were unable to see it working at the time of consignment.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Diamond
info@vintagescooters.co.uk
07768 313001

 

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Auction: National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands, 15th Nov, 2023

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