A VINTAGE moped is to be auctioned off after sitting unused for almost 50 years as its Edinburgh owner kept failing his driving test.
The Raleigh RM8 moped was bought new in 1967 but hasn’t even racked up 50 miles.
Its owner had plans to tour Europe with the moped but after failing his driving test for the second time, he parked it up and never used it again.
The vehicle is to go up for sale during the Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club’s auction near Glamis in Angus.
The club is confident it will sell due to its good condition and miniscule mileage during the sale of around 40 vehicles and hundreds of other lots.
Allan Burt, club chairman, said: “This moped has never ridden on the roads.
“The owner wanted to take it and tour the continent with it but he kept failing his driving test.
“He pushed it to the test site in Edinburgh but twice had to push it back home again when he failed.
“He finally gave up and it hasn’t been ridden since.”
Mr Burt said that mopeds are becoming a more popular commodity and expects the item to fetch up to £500.
Other auction highlights include a rare 1933 Triumph 500 motorbike which could sell for between £2,000 to £4,000.
Mr Burt said: “The owner of the bike never got round to using it so has sat in a shed in Dundee.
“It is a very rare model so we expect to get a lot of interest in it and get a good price.”
The auction is to be held at Bridge View House near Glamis on Saturday, October 26.