i've been flooding facebook with updates about this shit, so here's moped army's chance to be bored as well
picked this up a couple days ago from a dude that lived 40 blocks from where it was purchased new in 1976. it was his dad's, who recently passed away. saw it on craigslist for $200, so i ran down to check it out. i had 200 TOTAL to my name, so i was just hoping he'd come off the price. got there, the engine was seized, but overall it was super complete, low miles, everything was there. offered him $100 since it was seized, he took it and i was on my way. the cool thing is, iowa is a titling state, so title is pretty crucial, but when something hasnt been registered in years, you have to pay back taxes for all those years. the thing had a 1977 plate on it when i picked it up (hadnt been touched since) so it was not looking good, but incredibly, the old guy had kept it registered anyway since the day he bought it, so ALL the plates over the years were with the bike, and its registration is just coming up due for the 2013 tags. incredible.
it has all the paperwork, manual, brochures, original sales receipt, etc. most complete collection of stuff i've ever gotten with a moped. when i got it it had a windshield, rack basket, and nice Cimatti saddlebags, which i am keeping, but not sure if i want to re-mount if i'm going to be using it.
i got it home, tried getting it started, and it budged, then kicked over. no spark yet, but once i swap out the stator it should fire up i'd imagine. tank is clean, carb was actually pretty clean, etc. i tore it completely down and cleaned and polished every part, then re-assembled it. so here it is. the plate thats on it currently was in with the paperwork. pretty cool. 383 original miles, one owner, just beautiful. there is corrosion all over parts of the rims, and on a lot of the paint unforunately, but i'd almost prefer it to be not-quite-perfect anyway, otherwise i'd feel bad riding it.
anyway, i know city bikes arent particularly interesting bikes, and honestly i thought they were pretty ugly for the longest time, but i've fallen in love with this thing. can't wait to get it running and take it for its first ride in 35 years. the plan is to keep it bone stock, and at most maybe swap out a pipe or a kit just to make it a little faster, but not change anything that cant be put back to bone stock. cosmetically NOTHING will change. i'm kinda over chopping up nice mopeds. theres not gonna be any left someday at this rate, and they really are a thing of beauty.
and a shitty phone photo from when i first got it: