WHAT MAKES AN ALLSTATE?
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.