I picked this up to use as a pit bike. It was extremely fun to drive.
This was the bottom-of-the-line model; the VA Standard. It came in red, yellow, violet, and orange and had a tank that held about 1 gallon of fuel. It originally retailed for about $430.
It was powered by a Laura M48 engine; 48cc / 2.4bhp. It originally got about 150mpg. Nice. Tubular steel frame, front and rear shocks, stainless fenders, illuminated speedo, electric horn, lockabke steering, drum brakes and 16″ wheels. The standard was pretty basic; it didn’t have the blinkers and battery that the Deluxe received. The battery box on the Deluxe was pretty cool; it looked a little like an ammo box.
My moped was purchased as a non-operational moped. The tank was very rusty. I got out everything I could, and sealed the tank. New fuel lines/ filter/ petcock and it fired right up. Awesome.
When I moved to CA, I ‘registered’ it here to make it legal with the DMV, and I think I was allowed to drive it without a motorcycle license? <shrug> I ended up selling it to a young guy who was going to use it as his main transport. I dig that.