Paul Weller signed scooter for sale at Goodwood

Paul Weller signs the Vespa
Paul Weller signs the Vespa
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A 1988 Vespa 125 Sport scooter, signed by ‘The Modfather’ Paul Weller will be up for grabs at Bonhams Goodwood Members’ Meeting Sale on March 20.

The unusual two-wheeled addition to the sale is all for a very special cause.

The 1988 Vespa signed by The Modfather

The 1988 Vespa signed by The Modfather

In October 2015, 11-year old Jacob Breckon was taken seriously ill whilst playing football for his local Woking District team.

Subsequent investigations revealed that he had suffered a brain haemorrhage, caused by a previously undetected condition.

Facing a very uncertain future, Jacob requires urgent specialist medical treatment that is only available in the USA.

Funds raised from the sale of the scooter will help meet the cost of taking Jacob to the USA and his subsequent treatment.

Upon hearing of Jacob’s plight, neighbouring rockstar, ‘The Modfather’ Paul Weller, provided support to the family, and has autographed the scooter to increase the bidding.

Although best remembered as a 1960s style icon favoured by the fashion conscious ‘Mods’, the Vespa motor scooter was initially intended as basic transport for the non-enthusiast masses.

Manufactured by the Italian industrial giant Piaggio, the Vespa gained instant acceptance in the immediate post-war years, its convenience as well as its fashionable design appealing to those who regarded the more powerful motorcycles with suspicion.

Countless different versions have come and gone since, yet the Vespa of today remains recognisably related to the first one made 70 years ago.

James Stensel, Bonhams Head of Motorcycles, said: “The Vespa scooter is a design classic, synonymous with ‘Mod’ culture, and the mobilisation of post-war Italy.

“Offered for a fantastic and very important cause, the machine will be offered without reserve – we hope bidders are able to dig deep at the upcoming Goodwood Members’ Meeting sale.”

Bonhams Members’ Meeting sale will take place at Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, on Sunday March 20.

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