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Book "How to restore Classic

Largeframe Vespa Scooters"
disc valve, 2-stroke, 1959 -
c. 878 illustrations,
hardback, ISBN 978-1-845843

The 2-stroke Vespa is a style icon – an undoubted classic, and an immediately recognised symbol of its native Italy. Demand for these stylish scooters is booming, and interest in restoring and renovating them is at an all-time high.


This book investigates the reality of Vespa restoration in detail. The author strips and rebuilds both large and small frame models in his workshop, outlining common problems and how to address them. Aimed at the do-it-yourself enthusiast and featuring 1100 clear colour photographs, it is an essential step-by step-guide to the complete renovation of your beloved scooter.


With its clear and concise text aided by extensively captioned full colour photographs, this practical book guides the DIY enthusiast through all the stages of restoring a classic 2-stroke Vespa, taking it from a rusty unroadworthy wreck back to its factory fresh, former glory. It shows how to assess wear in all mechanical components, Then assists in deciding the best and most cost effective method to renovate or repair. Both large and small frame power units are covered in detail, giving the reader confidence to carry out their own repairs to a high standard, which is both satisfying and cost effective. Brakes, suspension, electrical systems and brightwork are all addressed, from changing a bulb to welding in a new floor pan. An essential reference for all Vespa enthusiasts.


Additional Information

Period covered: 1959 - 2008

Models covered: Large Frame –Vespa 150, VNB, VBB, GL, 125 Super, 150 Super, 150 Sprint, 125GT, 180 and 200 Rally, 150 Sprint Veloce, 125GTR, 125TS, P125 and 150X, P200E, T5, PX125, 150, 200.

The information is also of use to owners of Spanish Moto Vespas and Indian produced LML, Stella and Bajaj scooters.



  • Real life restoration carried out by the author
  • Covers areas not found in traditional workshop manuals
  • Advice on whether to repair, renovate or replace components
  • Clear, concise text
  • 1100 full colour photographs
  • Step by step guidance for those tricky jobs
  • Advice on parts
  • Special tools, their purchase, use and alternatives
  • Advice on what to leave to the professionals
  • No Vespa owner would want to be without this book


ISBN: 978-1-845843-24-3

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