Monday, 7 November 2011
An Allstate from Innocenti?
This is an Allstate from Sears. A Vespa for the US market, the first ones was for sale in 1952. I've never seen one in real life but it seems that the handlebar and headlamp from the Allstate ended up on the Vespa 125 U in 1953. It should also have floorboards without rubbers, similar to the ones on the Vespa U. But I think the Allstate has more floorboards than the U, three more since the U only has six.
The engine, the side cowls and the front fender differ though.
The picture above is peculiar, I didn't see why until recently.
Yes, the rubber grips are from another Italian Scooter maker, erm, Innocenti. You can see it clearly if you zoom in on them. Of course fitted when the original ones went missing.
The Allstate below was restored by Canadian guy Manwell from Ontario between 2006 and 2011. His first restoration and heavy one! There is a link to his blog on the right.