It isn't hard to understand why the Vespa was not a big success in the United States. It was a small car when big was what sold. Its real advantage - awesome gas mileage - did not mean much in the US, where the fuel was cheap. Still, almost 1,700 were imported in 1959 and 1960. The price was $1,080, which included the folding sunroof and heater.
What makes this very distinctive car
even more unusual is the mileage. After 35 years of existance,
it has only 212 miles on the clock! It was delivered to B and J
Distributing Corporation of Denver. It was never sold by the dealer and
languished in a shed under an old rug until August 1994.
The paint was shot and there were dime sized surface rust areas
everywhere, but otherwise the car was intact. Owners Steve
Sego and John Ker disassembled, cleaned, and repainted it. A replacement for a
missing headlight bezel was located; Steve made molds for
it and the tailights which were also shot. A new folding sunroof
was also made.
Instrumentation, like the rest of the Vespa, is spartan. In addition to the speedometer, there is a fuel light (no gauge) and generator light. There are headlight and wiper switches, but no provisions for a radio.
The Vespa manual, almost as charming as the car itself.
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