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Vespa Scooters - Classic 2-Stroke Models 1960-2008

The two stroke Vespa is rightly regarded as an iconic scooter. It's initial purpose was to provide low cost transportation to the masses in the 1950s, but it evolved through the vibrant '60s to became a symbol of the burgeoning youth culture, and on into the '90s when it became firmly entrenched as an Italian icon. The history of this phenomenon has been well documented, as has the subculture that surrounds it, but there has been no previous attempt to provide a guide to buying one of these classic scooters. This book will help ensure that you avoid the main pitfalls and end up with your very own slice of La Dolce Vita on the driveway.This Essential Buyer's Guide is packed with good advice from running costs, paperwork, vital statistics, valuation and the Vespa community, right through to whether your scooter will fit in with your lifestyle. This is the complete guide to choosing, assessing and buying the Vespa of your dreams.
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ContentsIntroduction - the purpose of this book1 Is it the right scooter for you? - marriage guidance2 Cost considerations - affordable, or a money pit?3 Living with a Vespa scooter - will you get along together?4 Relative values - which model for you? 5 Before you buy - be well informed6 Inspection equipment - these items will really help7 Fifteen minute evaluation - walk away or stay?8 Key points - where to look for problems 9 Serious evaluation - 60 minutes for years of enjoyment10 Auctions - sold! Another way to buy your dream11 Paperwork - correct documentation is essential!12 What's it worth? - let your head rule your heart 13 Do you really want to restore? - it'll take longer and cost more than you think14 Paint problems - bad complexion, including dimples, pimples and bubbles15 Problems due to lack of use - just like their owners, scooters need exercise!16 The Community - key people, organisations and companies in the Vespa world17 Vital statistics - essential data at your fingertipsIndex

About the Author

A dedicated petrolhead, Mark Paxton has been addicted to two wheels since first wobbling unaccompanied on to the road over 35 years ago. His entire working life has revolved around vehicles, initially in transport management, then through running his own garage, and latterly writing for classic car and motorcycle magazines. He also has a number of other books to his name, including several other Essential Buyer's Guides, and How to Restore a Volkswagen Bus, also published by Veloce. A long-term admirer of Vespas for their engineering as well as their style, Mark uses a PX daily.

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