12th Jul, 2023 11:00

National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands

  Lot 44

1954 Vespa VL1T custom M244 Quattrini

Sold for £6,628

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: 309 XVU
Frame No: VL1T6560
Engine No: VSE1M0293036
MOT: Exempt

  • Impressive custom creation by Claudio Cattaneo
  • A subtle blend of old and new
  • 25hp with possibility to upgrade to 40hp
  • Only 300 miles recorded since restoration
  • V5C and ready for the road

The Piaggio industrial group was devastated by the consequences of World War 2. Amongst the projects muted to rescue the company was an idea to help mobilise the Italian public with a new transport concept ‘The motor scooter’. From the first appearance of the Vespa in 1946 it was such a success that it has become a symbol of taste, fashion and style and one of the favourite global design icons of all time.

We present here an intriguing custom vintage incarnation based on an early 1954 example of an Italian VL1T ‘Struzzo’ and a performance 244cc Quattrini engined conversion of a VSE1M Rally 200 engine. There are many impressive innovations throughout. The ‘Struzzo’ immediately followed the last of the Faro Basso models retaining their classic lines and wasp-like shape but with a headlight mounted on the handlebars. The Vespa Rally was a high-performance scooter noted for its impressive speed and superb handling.

This project, commissioned by the vendor, took 18 months to complete and was carried out in entirety by renowned Italian customiser and restorer Claudio Cattaneo. The Struzzo scooter and Rally engine were both sourced directly in Italy. Many original parts were retained including: Original frame and body panels were not modified in shape except for a modification to the front mudguard, enabling it to accept the upgraded front shock, original SIEM headlight housing and glass, original handlebar assembly, original Piaggio Genova front badge, original Vespa scroll badge - taken back to the brass, original style control switch, original inline spare wheel holder with custom made leather strap adapted to 10 inch wheel and original style floor runners correctly installed with correct period rivets.

The new and customised items are extensive and carefully designed to fit with the brief: The powerful Quattrini 244cc kit was installed in the original Rally 200 engine case with uprated 4 speed gearbox, clutch and gaskets - all BGM, Pinasco 26mm carburettor, SIP hydraulic disc brakes, BGM Pro Supercharger shock absorbers front and back, 10 inch BGM polished alloy tubeless wheels, SIP performance exhaust, SIP 120km/h digital speedometer/rev counter, 12v electronic throughout, LED rear light, brake light innovation switch at the rear wheel, secret security ‘kill switch’ located in the under-seat former carburettor tool box, custom made Quattrini 244 badges on front and side panel to match, ingenious use of a Lambretta choke lever under the seat front and PX spoked front wheel. The seat was custom-made for the scooter by Streamline of Denmark.

Finished in Pearl Olive Black paint, this M244 Quattrini is currently set up at around 25hp but, we are informed, with the ability to be tuned up to 40hp. Our consultant was able to ride the scooter at the time of consignment and, in his words, it was very quick. In very presentable condition this scooter is registered for the road with V5C.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Diamond
07768 313001


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

You can collect your new pride and joy from our venue until 1pm the day following the sale or our partners are on hand to help arrange safe transportation:


Auction: National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands, 12th Jul, 2023

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



Bidding will take place live at the venue, online via our website, by telephone and commission. 

Parking and entry into the auction is free for auction attendees with a catalogue, available at the door.

To enquire about entering your motorcycle or vintage scooter into auction please call our sales office on 01925 210035, email sales@HandH.co.uk or click the Get A Valuation button. Valuations are complimentary and without obligation.

To take part in the bidding please click 'Register to Bid | Sign In' at the top of the page




Wednesday 12th July 2023, from 9am

View all lots in this sale

Do you have an item to sell?

If so, contact one of our friendly specialists for your free valuation by completing the form below and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.

If you prefer to speak to humans, don't hesitate to call our office on +44 (0)1925 210035

Contact Us Today!



Drag and drop .jpg images here to upload, or click here to select images.

Cars from the 1910s to the 2010s head to auction for Buxton sale
H&H’s motorcycle sales off to a flying start in 2024 with market-leading 88 percent sales rate
Turning the Page: A New Chapter for H&H Classics
Goon, Goon, Gone: Unique Peter Sellers 1960 Bentley heads to auction
Eclectic 150-plus classic car auction helps round out H&H’s milestone 30th year celebrations
One of the UK’s best driving Aston Martin DB5s heads to auction
Mid-century sports car icons race to Buxton auction
Former front cover ‘star’ heads to auction
Classic British motorcycles shine as 230 lots head to the National Motorcycle Museum auction
Racing legend Patsy Burt's Jaguar XK120 speeds to Buxton auction
22-strong single owner classic motorcycle collection heads to auction
Norton's racing heritage set to ignite the auction stage
Rare Frazer-Nash BMW with rich racing history to be auctioned
“The Rolls-Royce” of the motorcycle world, heads to      auction
Martini inspired Porsche 911 ‘RSR’ Tribute to head under the hammer
Rare ‘Car on Two Wheels’ heads to auction for the first time in 30 years
More than 100 classics sold in H&H’s 30th anniversary sale
Stunning classics worth more than £9 million offered in 30th anniversary auction
Rare Aston Martin DB1 heads to anniversary auction from long-term ownership
Rare Bentleys to star in 30th celebration auction
H&H Classics 30th Anniversary Auction
H&H unveils details of its 30th anniversary celebrations
Classic car owners handed ULEZ lifeline
H&H Classics auction Hurricane X-75 Prototype to National Motorcycle Museum
Vintage and modern classics lead the way at latest H&H sale
H&H offers exceptional range of vehicles spanning 11 individual decades
Pavilion Gardens. Wednesday 26th July 2023
A whimsical blast from the past: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang recreation heads to auction
From Italy with love: auction showcasing the essence of Italian design and sprezzatura
250 Motorcycles & Vintage Scooters Set To Go Under The Hammer!
March of the Mods: Lambretta owned by Paul Weller heads to auction
Lawbreakers to law enforcers: historic scooters with infamous connections up for sale
Jaguar SS100 among £2¼  million worth of classics sold at the Imperial War Museum
British classics to shine at H&H Classics’ sale
Historic Guinness Collection heads to auction
Browse The Catalogue Now! 135 Classic & Performance Cars To Go Under The Hammer.
Robbie Savage’s Ferrari F430 to be sold at H&H Classics
RAC Rally winning ‘Jaguar’ to be sold at auction
Former MP’s Bentley and Facel Vega ‘garage find’ among £1.3m worth of classics hammered away by H&H
Pavilion Gardens, Buxton Auction Preview Video
Genuine ‘matching numbers’ 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback among 89 strong classic car auction
Rare Facel Vega ‘garage find’ heads to auction
Indian 4 and Lambretta DL200
Golden opportunity to acquire famous limited edition Italjet scooter
H&H Classics commences landmark year with sale of 121 cars
‘Brand new’ Porsche 911 heading to auction after 21 years
Brooklands race winning Bentley to go under the hammer
Actor, Sir Michael Caine’s first car, heads to auction. £100,000 - £150,000