*** 1965 VESPA SS180 ***
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*** 1965 VESPA SS180 ***
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2008-01-09, 12:43PM PST
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This is a 1965 Vespa Super Sport 180. The SS180 was the successor of the GS160 and predecessor to the Rally 180 and 200. These were the top of the line, fastest and most expensive scooters of the day. They were at the top of every "Mod's" wish list and are still very much sought after to this day in the scooter community. The SS180 is the rarest of the pack being extremely hard to find and usually not complete or original.
As for this particular example the story goes as so... The original owner purchased the bike brand new and then shipped it to Africa to use as his sole transportation on a Missionary trip. He put around 10,000 miles on it then shipped it home to Portland OR. where it sat in his garage for the next 30 years. It was then purchased by the second owner who brought it back to life then shortly after sold it to the third owner who had it maintained at P-town scooters. It was his first Vespa and he LOVED it although he didn't ride it much. When the time came and he had to part with it I jumped at the opportunity and became the fourth owner.
During the time I have had with the bike it has been the most reliable scoot in my stable. Ironically too, as the ss180 was always reported to be one of the less reliable Vespas. But whenever My P200 would give me trouble (supposedly the most reliable vespa ever made) I knew I could count on the old SS180 to fire on the second kick and get me where I needed. Now that being said, I would not recommend this as a first bike. There are a lot of Scooters out there that are way easier to learn on and not so finicky. Also it's a true collector's piece, and should be treated and ridden accordingly. But that's just my own opinion.
This SS180 is no beauty queen because it is, as I stated, all original! (except for the glove box door) The body is good and straight for a 40 yr old bike. No holes, no rust, no filler. The paint is original and faded to hell but I like it that way. The front mudguard has a nice size dent in it but I'm told that it could be fixed rather than replaced, again, to keep it original. All the badges and trim are there and in good shape All the rubber could be replaced. Most importantly, The rear cowls are in great straight shape. You will probably never find another set unless you buy a whole bike. This is very important!! I have some some old paperwork like the original owners registration and other neat stuff.
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