Category Archives: Restorations

Vespa GS 160 MK 1

This GS 160 MK 1 is  now a world traveller, and in 50 years she is has done a full circle of the globe.
She is was originally imported from the USA (non-battery model GS160)
and brought to Sandy at S.S Scooter in need of a full restoration a year ago.
But now she is heading back with her owner “Obie” to the UK to reside with his formidable collection of Lambretta’s.
Unfortunately, the hard-core Lambretta collector will not have time to be ribbed by his Lambretta riding mates in Oz
about his latest and  gorgeous  addition to his vintage stable. But I am sure I know a few boys in Blighty that will.
Farewell Graham O’brien you will be sorely missed. Safe travels and GodSpeed.

 

VESPA VN2T

Like most Australian imported Vespas and Lambrettas we find a huge discrepancy in our models compared to their Italian mothers.

This Vespa, with its frame number VN2T should be a Faro Basso model (low light or lamp down). In other words, the headlight is mounted on the mudguard, and should also have a 125cc powered cylinder.

But this barn find had neither, the headlight proudly sits atop the handlebars and the cylinder was still at its original 145.5cc bore.

She had either been modified in Australia by the dealer, or she arrived on our shores in her current guise.

I still like to think that the Italians, on a Friday afternoon, would get around to the Australasian export scooters and give them a touch of uniqueness (in other words, they would get rid of excess parts from different models and years and ship them off).

Either way, this bellissima is on her way to a very proud owner in Adelaide. He’ll be riding (not hiding) this uniquely Aussie Vespa, and it will join his vast Vespa and Lambretta collection.

Vespa SS90- Double

With two of the rarest and coolest Vespa’s made in the SS Scooter  workshop, the opportunity to photograph them could not be  missed. With Sandy’s unmolested and unrestored SS90, sitting next to Tony Dunham’s beautiful and  meticulously restored SS90 made for a rare and beautiful sight on a steamy  Sydney summers day.







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Vespa PX 200 Street Racer

Friday feature scooter: Vespa PX 200 Street Racer (photographed by Wolfwerk Photography , built by SSScooter:

With an initial brief to turn his every day ride into a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”, this machine quickly went the opposite direction when just before the build the owner went for a “full-on” orange veneer.

With the stainless SIP expansion pipe hanging out the side, the Garelli carbon mudgard out front and the bright red Bitubos keeping her on the ground; all point directly that this is a wolf, inside and out.

She is definitely not disguising the fact that she is not only a tyre burner but also a work of street racer art to hit the roads from SS SCOOTER!

 

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Vespa Street Racer with NOS

After 2 years of planning, painting and building Sandy’s (owner and head mechanic at S.S Engineering) Vespa Street Racer is now finally rebuilt and ready to tear up the roads again. However this time she has been finished off with a high reflective virtual titanium paint. With further refinements in breaking, handling, power and esthetics have not only reinforced this Vespa’s pedigree and street-cred as a brutally fast machine but have also reinforced Sandy’s love affair with this gorgeous machine.

Specs:
Body: Worb 5 drop bars, digital speedo, digital tacho, Billet master cylinder, full hydraulic Billet front disc brake, semi-hydraulic rear disc conversion, front tubeless rim, rear wide tire kit with 130x70x10 tire, rear Bitubo, front BGM damper, STO spring and SIP sport seat.
Engine: ported and blueprinted T5 cases, ported Malossi barrel and piston, RD 350 reed block, V force 4 reed, 28PHBH carb, upgeared primary drive, reinforced MMW clutch, Nitros Oxide System with 6 HP boost in 3rd W.O.T and 4t W.O.T

 

Photos by: Wolfwerk Photography

Mail Order Ride, Lambretta TV 175 series 3

A customer orders a whole scooter piecemeal through the postal system all the way from South America.
Check it out in the Restoration Gallery.

Photos by: Wolfwerk Photography