Vespa from 1946 set to break records for online auction .
Built as part of the ‘0’ series pre-production run, this 1946 Vespa scooter is claimed by the seller to be the oldest Vespa in the world. As such, it’s also trying to claim a pretty hefty price on the auction site Catawiki as the sellers are expecting it to fetch in the region of €300,000.
Currently the bids stand at €163,000 so if you get in quick you might grab yourself a bargain – relatively speaking of course.
As one of only 60 of the ‘0’ series bikes ever made the single-cylinder, 98cc two-stroke has a 3 speed gearbox and is said to be in full, working order. As it’s a pre-unit the bike has been mainly built from hand, has hand-beaten metal work and the current owner has sand-blasted the paint to reveal the patina before protecting the 60-year-old bodywork in clear coat.
It’s also said to come fully documented (Italian) and the seller would prefer you pick it up in person from Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Although for near a quarter of a million pounds, you could probably persuade them to bung in international shipping for free if you ask nicely.