Believe it or not this Vespa motor scooter has travelled just 38km in the last 6o years.

Yep. That’s what the odometer says and Shannons which is auctioning the scooter says it has no reason to disbelieve the figure.

The 1961 Vespa Piaggio 150 Scooter is expected to sell for a figure of between $5000 and $8000 when it goes under the hammer on February 23 in Melbourne.

The Vespa motor scooter has become a cult object in recent years, worshipped by enthusiasts around the world.

It’s fair to say that it has thoroughly transcended its original design brief — to provide cheap transportation to millions of Italians.

Popularised using clever marketing and an association with celebrities, the Vespa is perhaps best remembered for its role in the movie Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

The Vespa has become the Godfather of scooters and can be found on pavements outside the hippest cafes and bars around the world thanks to the recent revival.

The arrival of the VBA model in 1958 saw the most significant change in design to that point.

Sitting on a narrower frame, the body was subtly changed in shape, some minor controls relocated, and the whole design freshened up.

A classic Vespa scooter makes an ideal choice of commuter vehicle, being reliable, easy and cheap to maintain but with loads of style.

Finished in perfect period cream with a black saddle and pillion seat, both with contrasting stitching, this original 1961 Vespa is in super condition.

It really is as good as new having covered just 38 kilometres at the time of cataloguing, said to be genuine.

The vendor has known this scooter for at least 20 years and confirms it has always been stored undercover throughout that time.

As a result of all this, it presents like a brand-new Vespa from 1961 and is as cool as.

This irresistible 1961 Vespa scooter is being sold unregistered and with No Reserve.

There could be few cooler ways to get around our inner urban and CBD streets than this gorgeous scooter.

Bids close Tuesday, February 23 at 8.17pm AEDT.

 

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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