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This par­tic­u­lar All­state dates from 1965 and is vis­ually sim­i­lar to the Ital­ian VNB4/5/6 but as Niall ex­plained there are sev­eral dif­fer­ences from its Ital­ian cousin. Most ap­pear to be cost cut­ting mea­sures. The front fork has no dam­per and ap­pears to be taken from the early 1950s ‘Model U’. Early style tail-light, rec­tan­gu­lar shaped and painted, again from a mid-1950s Ital­ian Vespa. The electrics were com­pletely dif­fer­ent to the VNB. In com­mon with ex­port mod­els Niall’s seen from Scan­di­navia and Aus­tralia, there was a very small extra light­ing coil on the sta­tor plate that pow­ered the brake light. The other two light­ing coils join to­gether to run the main lights and horn. Sim­i­lar to a bat­tery sys­tem and with bat­tery style switches, yet no bat­tery was ever fit­ted. A unique leg shield badge with ‘All­state’ in an out­line map of the USA, and a plaque below the fuel tap with ‘Sears Roe­buck and Co’. There was no horn cast­ing badge on this model al­though ear­lier ver­sions fea­ture a square ‘All­state’ badge in the usual lo­ca­tion. Most All­states seem to be red with white wheels. Niall has seen the oc­ca­sional white frame but these ap­pear to be scarce. Num­ber plate mount­ings are adapted to ac­com­mo­date US style li­cence plates with elon­gated fas­ten­ing holes.

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