Wed, 7th Dec 2016 14:30

Chateau Impney

  Lot 45

1958 Vespa 400 Cabriolet

Estimated at £15,000 - £20,000

Lot details
Registration No: EU-Reg
Chassis No: 2677
Mot Expiry: Exempt

- A very rare car apparently produced in France from 1957 to 1961 using a design by the Italian Piaggio company

- Factory specification believed to have included a rear mounted air cooled 393cc two-stroke engine

- Reported to have been completely rejuvenated in 2015 ad described by the Italian vendor as being in "very good" condition

The Vespa 400 was a small car built in Fourchambault, France, in relatively small numbers between 1957 and 1961. It had been designed by the Italian Piaggio company that produced the Vespa scooter, and looked very similar to the Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile. The engine was a 393cc rear-mounted two cylinder air cooled two-stroke unit that was mated to a three or four speed gearbox. This brightly hued version was restored in 2015 and will be imported from Italy for the sale. Wearing French registration plates, it is easy to imagine it parked beside a harbour in the South of France with its roll-back roof revealing the yellow and white vinyl interior. It is described by the vendor as being in "very good" condition in all respects, and must represent a very unusual opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts of the Vespa marque and small fun cars to acquire such a rare and characterful car.

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