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Details about  1966 VESPA SUPER VBC 150 - UNIQUE LOOKING BLACK 'RAT BIKE'. RUNS GREAT!

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1966 VESPA SUPER VBC 150 - UNIQUE LOOKING BLACK 'RAT BIKE'. RUNS GREAT!
1966-VESPA-SUPER-VBC-150-UNIQUE-LOOKING-BLACK-RAT-BIKE-RUNS-GREAT
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A classic bike that has been thoroughly reconditioned, yet has superficial scratches and marks on

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£1,850.00
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151125861130
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
An item that has been previously used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Seller notes: A classic bike that has been thoroughly reconditioned, yet has superficial scratches and marks on the paintwork from long-term storage, and some superficial rust to chromework.
Reg. Mark: Get the Vehicle Status Report VSR Date of 1st Registration: 01/01/1966
MOT Expiry Date: 09/2014 Engine Size: 145
Road Tax: 12 Months Remaining Gears: Four-speed manual
V5 Registration Document: Present Start Type: Kick start
 

UP FOR SALE IS MY 1966 VESPA SUPER VBC 150 ‘BLACK RAT’

A FUN BIKE THAT TURNS HEADS WHENEVER I RIDE HER AROUND CENTRAL LONDON.

 

V5 STATES MANUFACTURE/FIRST REGISTRATION IN 1966 - THE VIN IS VBC1T12079 SO FEEL FREE TO INVESTIGATE.


V5, TAXED UNTIL 31ST AUGUST 2014 AND MOT VALID UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2014 (NEW MOT LAST WEEK - DETAILS ARE BELOW).

 

A BIT ABOUT THE BIKE…

 

I SHIPPED THIS BIKE OVER FROM IN VIETNAM A FEW YEARS AGO (I THINK IN 2008) – IT HAD BEEN COMPLETELY REBUILT MECHANICALLY FROM THE GROUND UP AND SHE WAS IN IMMACULATE SHINY CONDITION. THE MOTOR WAS COMPLETELY REBUILT, THE ELECTRICS WERE NEW AND UPGRADED TO 12 VOLT SYSTEM, THERE WERE NEW TIRES, BRAKES, BUSHES, CABLES – BASICALLY A MECHANICALLY NEW BIKE WITH NEW PAINT. UNFORTUNATELY THOUGH, AND FOR WHATEVER REASON, SHE THEN LAY IN STORAGE FOR ABOUT 4 YEARS GATHERING DUST, SCRATCHES AND SUPERFICIAL RUST UNTIL LAST YEAR.

THE BIKE IS A BIT OF A ‘FRANKENSTEIN’ AND WAS NICKNAMED SO BY SCOOTERWORKS (BERMONDSEY, LONDON) WHO RE-COMMISSIONED HER IN SEPTEMBER 2012. AS I UNDERSTAND IT FROM THE GUYS AT SCOOTERWORKS, THE FRAME IS 1966 SUPER VBC, THE ENGINE IS CORRECT BUT PROBABLY NOT ORIGINAL, SHE HAS A PX FRONT END AND WHEEL AND BRAKE ASSEMBLY FOR BETTER HANDLING, AND HAS A CUSTOM-MADE 1953-STYLE FRONT END (HANDLE-BARS AND FRONT FENDER/HEADLIGHT) THAT GIVES HER THAT UNIQUE LOOK. THE ENGINE RUNS VERY STRONGLY AND LIKE NEW – ALL UP I’VE PROBABLY ONLY CLOCKED UP ABOUT 50-60 MILES SINCE SHE’S BEEN ON THE ROAD. IN MAY I REPLACED THE CLUTCH AT R. AGIUS (EDGWARE RD, LONDON), AND LAST WEEK I HAD HER IN THE SHOP AGAIN FOR A FRESH MOT IN ANTICIPATION OF A NEW OWNER AND I HAD THE FOLLOWING WORK DONE: NEW FRONT WHEEL BEARING, NEW SPARK PLUG, NEW BATTERY, THE CARBURETTOR WAS STRIPPED, CLEANED AND REPLACED WITH ALL NEW GASKETS AND THEN TUNED (RECEIPT FOR TODAY'S WORK = £278), SO NOW SHE’S PURRING LIKE A (NOISY) KITTEN AND PRETTY MUCH AS GOOD AS I CAN GET HER MECHANICALLY. 

I WAS AWAYS HAPPY TO LEAVE HER SCRUFFY LOOKING - THE DISTRESSED LOOK SEEMED TO SUIT THE BIKE - HOWEVER I DID GET A QUOTE FROM R. AGIUS FOR A FULL RESPRAY THAT CAME IN AT ABOUT £600-650, BUT I’M SURE IT COULD BE DONE MUCH CHEAPER. THERE IS SUPERFICIAL RUST ON THE CHROME HERE AND THERE, BUT AGAIN, I DIDN’T MIND THAT. IF YOU WANTED TO ‘PRETTY HER UP’ IT WOULDN’T TAKE MUCH TO SOURCE NEW BRIGHTWORK OR RE-CHROME WHAT IS THERE. NEEDS A NEW LOCK FOR THE BACK WHEEL-ARCH COMPARTMENT (CURRENTLY OPENS WITH SCREWDRIVER OR 5P COIN).

ALL IN ALL I HAVE BEEN AS HONEST ABOUT THE BIKE AS I CAN – SHE IS A STRONG RUNNING BIKE THAT IS MECHANICALLY SOUND AND FUN TO RIDE AROUND TOWN. A FUN, UNIQUE BIKE IF YOU’RE IN TO THAT SORT OF THING. FOR THE VESPA PURISTS OUR THERE IT’S PROBABLY NOT YOUR CUP OF TEA FOR ALL THE ABOVE-MENTIONED REASONS AND ESPECIALLY FOR MENTIONING VIETNAM, BUT I GUESS FOR OLD BIKES AND CARS IT’S A CASE OF EACH TO THEIR OWN AND MUCH RESPECT TO ALL. I AM CERTAINLY NOT A VESPA EXPERT BUT IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS I WILL ATTEMPT TO ANSWER THEM AS BEST I CAN. OH, I AM HAPPY TO THROW IN TWO BLACK OPEN-FACE HELMETS (ONE X LARGE, ONE SMALL) WITH THE BIKE IF YOU WANT THEM.

I’VE SET A COMPETITIVE PRICE, BEING WHAT THE BIKE OWES ME – I’M NOT TOO FUSSED IF SHE DOESN’T SELL, IT’S JUST THAT I’M NOT ENJOYING HER AS MUCH AS SOMEONE ELSE MIGHT SO IF I CAN FIND HER A GOOD HOME THEN SO BE IT. I HAVE LISTED THE BIKE ELSEWHERE AND THEREFORE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO WITHDRAW THE AUCTION FROM EBAY. I’M HAPPY TO ARRANGE VIEWINGS – I LIVE IN MAIDA VALE, LONDON, AND WORK IN MAYFAIR, SO I’LL BE AS FLEXIBLE AS I CAN TO MEET UP SO YOU CAN SEE THE BIKE FOR YOURSELF.


MANY THANKS & HAPPY BIDDING!



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