This is a good example of a mid-50’s handlebar Vespa. The classic Vespa shape is fully realized in this ‘56 beauty. While the previous European scooters in the early 50’s had the headlight located on the front fender, this was one of the first years with the headlight up on the handlebars. The VL3 is the frame designation, it is also one of the the last of the line before Piaggio phased out the older “wide body” style. This scooter was imported from Italy around 2010. The previous owner had the motor overhauled and the scooter repainted here in California. This scooter runs as good as it looks. There are not many Vespas of this vintage in the US that are not Allstates. It is hard to describe how much fun the handlebar Vespas are to ride. “Low and slow” as they say!