The world’s oldest Vespa is up for auction – and the ancient 98cc put-put has a reserve price of £282,000!

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The scooter, with serial number 1003, is complete, a runner and comes from Piaggio’s ‘0 Series’.

It’s believed to be Number 3 from the original 60 prototypes made by Piaggio in 1946. That means that this scooter would have been the third scooter to roll off the production line and probably was the first actual bike to be ridden on Italian roads – the first two were kept as display models.

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According to reports from Italy, those first two display models have been lost in various moves by the factory over the years which makes this particular scooter the world’s oldest Vespa.

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The auction is being hosted by Catawiki who says that the bike should sell for something between $268,150 (£214,251) and $341,600 (£272,938). For that money, even on the lowest amount of the reserve, you can buy 79 new Vespa 125cc bikes!

As of right now (Thursday morning) there are five days left for those who want a very unique part of Italian automotive history.

To find the auction yourself, just click HERE 

Here’s a video of the bike and we’ve put a load more images below the film, too:

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