Top Gear Mopeds Sold

Published: 08 December 2009

Two mopeds featured on the famous 2008 Vietnam special of BBC programme Top Gear have been sold at auction for more than nine times their value.

The 1967 Piaggio Vespa 150cc VBC Super and 1973 Honda City 50cc Chaly were bought for less than 15 million Vietnamese Dong (VND) (£500) and were sold for £2,530 and £1,955 respectively.

The Vespa was the preferred ride of Jeremy Clarkson, whilst the rather incongruous Stars ‘n’ Stripes Honda Chaly, that continuously played Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA, was intended as a punishment for those whose motorbike was afflicted by repeated breakdowns.

Both machines were bought by the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, as a contribution to their Top Gear exhibition.