Barry's Dayton Albatross Continental Twin
Classic Scooterist|December 2019 - January 2020
In my younger days, as well as motorcycles, I had a Vespa 90 and a Vespa 90SS, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I returned to scootering (after having several classic cars) with a 1965 Vespa VBB, but I had always hankered after a Dayton Albatross since I was about 12 or 13. Last year I decided to finally fulfil that dream…
Barry Hancox

In February 2019, I found a DaytonAlbatross Continental Twin in SouthYorkshire (the one with the Villiers Mark 2T 250 two-stroke twin-engine, reputed to be capable of 70mph). It ran well, but cosmetically it was challenged; not rough, but not a good paint job from a previous restoration. It also had issues with the centre stand and footboards, so I decided to strip it down – and that was when the wallet winced!

Luckily, I was able to call on a skilled friend, Darren English, to work his magic on the damaged and mis-shaped footboards, and also to make a new stand from the dimensioned photos that I’d managed to obtain.

Darren and his boss also put me in touch with a first-class chromer who does triple plating.

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