The Vespa scooter made its debut in post-war Milan in 1946. Intended to get Italy back on the road, it sold poorly at first, selling only 2,500 in 1946. The VBA/VBB series replaced the original design in 1957 and went on to sell over 750,000 units. Find this 1968 Vespa VBB 150 with Sidecar for sale in Undisclosed, WA for $6,995 via craigslist.
The VBA/VBB refers to the prefix of the serial number of the scooter and has become the short hand for identifying this model. The VBA came first and was followed shortly by the VBB. They featured a new, larger frame than the outgoing model and a new design rotary valve two stroke displacing either 125cc or 150cc. The 150 was capable of 50 mph, given enough time and room. With a sidecar and passenger, I’d guess you’d be lucky to see 40.
This Vespa was recently restored and has only gone 300 miles since the rebuild. It’s said to retain its original pink and white paint scheme. In my opinion, Vespa’s don’t look right unless they are post-war austerity olive green. It also comes with a dog harness and a set of doggles for your best friend.
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