Price 1: £3,995
Price 2: £N/A
Model information: PIAGGIO BUILT VESPA 125 TS
VNL3T 1001- VNL3T 29804
Total 28804 units produced 1975-77
Switching around components to produce a “new” model is the oldest trick in the world, and one that Piaggio has played many times. The TS 125 is, in essence, a Rally frame and bodywork combined with a “smallblock” 125 GTR motor and a Sprint/Super/GT seat.In fact the compression ratio is slightly higher than the GTR it replaced, resulting in 8bhp @ 5000 rpm. As a measure of progress, twenty years before the GS150 had required another 2500 revs and 25 cc to achieve exactly the same output. The reason for the new model may have been product rationalisation; this being taken to its logical conclusion when the subsequent P Range models had identical frames and bodywork for all three engine sizes. In which case it is hard to fathom why the 150cc Sprint Veloce was not upgraded at the same time as the GTR.