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2008 Aprilia Scarabeo 500ie

City Commuter meets Light Tourer!

Fully equipped European/American (LHD) expedition ready Adventure 4x4, perfect for driving the Sahara, down narrow cobbled streets, over mountain passes, and remote wilderness exploration, with all the comforts of glamping.  

Here's a quick bit of history:  We purchased the 130 in Cape Town, South Africa as a standard pickup in October 2015 with 142,000kms.  We spared no expense when we set it up for long range and remote African Safari.  When we got to Europe, we removed the rear "tub", canopy, and rooftop tent, and in 2019 fitted it with a custom adventure camping box from 


Checkout the video from February 2021 in Turkey, before we were planning to sell.  Further down I've added some more videos after our graphics and personal belongings were removed, and it was professionally cleaned.  There's heaps of storage - 15 cabinets in the camper living area, 5 boxes on the exterior, and 3 in the backseat area.

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FOR SALE:  2006 Td5 Defender 130 Dual Cab

  • 149,000miles / 240,000km  (I drove 60,000miles / 98,000km since purchase in 2015)

  • 2.5 liter, 5 cylinder Engine

  • Built in South Africa, converted to LHD in Lisbon, Portugal in 2019

  • Registration: Through Nov 2022 and renewable

  • Insurance: EU Green card til Aug 2022 and renewable

  • Recent work:  Rebuilt transfer case, wheel bearings, bushings, brake pads, rotors, new starter battery

  • Located in Hungary (Bad Kissingen Oct 20-24) - Delivery options available

  • PRICE:  €53,500 with renewable ZA registration (what I do, no MOT required)
                   or €64,500 with EU registration provided

Manufacturer (Make)Aprilia

Model NameScarabeo 500




Engine Capacity (Displacement)460 ccm (28.07 cubic inches)

Engine TypeSingle cylinder, four-stroke

Bore x StrokeØ92.0 mm x 69.0 mm (Ø3.62 inches x 2.72 inches)

Bore/Stroke Ratio1.33

Compression Ratio10.5:1

Valves per Cylinder4

Timing SystemSOHC

Fuel System(Carburetion)Injection


Cooling SystemLiquid


ClutchAutomatic centrifugal.

Transmission (Final Drive)Belt


Frame TypeHigh strength tubular steel frame with closed double cradle.

Front BrakesDouble disc

Front Brakes DiameterØ260 mm (Ø10.24 inches)

Rear BrakesSingle disc

Rear Brakes DiameterØ240 mm (Ø9.45 inches)

Front Tire110/70-16

Rear Tire150/70-14


Overall Width765 mm (30.12 inches)

Overall Height1411 mm (55.55 inches)

Seat Height785 mm (30.91 inches)

Wheelbase1535 mm (60.43 inches)

Dry Weight189.0 kg (417 lb)

Fuel Capacity13.20 litres (3.49 gallons)

Reserve Fuel Capacity2.00 litres (0.53 gallons)


Max Power39.00 HP (28.5 kW) at 7500 RPM

Max Torque43.00 Nm (31.62 ft*lbs) at 5500 RPM

Power/Weight Ratio0.18 Hp/Kg

Top Speed160.0 km/h (99mph)

Acceleration (dart, speedup) time

0-100 km/h7.6 seconds

0-60 mph7.2 seconds

  • 1/4 mile


  • 60 to 140 km/h, highest gear



  • 55 liter reserve fuel tank. 78+55 = 133 liters  ~1,100+km

  • 4x Old Man Emu rear shocks

  • 4x newer springs

  • Wheel spacers

  • LED lights front/rear

  • LED light bar (removable)

  • Larger inter-cooler and turbo

  • Snorkel (actually works!)

  • Bull bar with branch busters

  • Winch - 12000lb / 5,443 tons

  • Air compressor

  • Rock sliders

  • Rear towing hook

  • Front crash plate

  • Easy-lift spare tire rack


  • High output A/C - as used in sealed armored cars

  • Electric front windows

  • Heated windshield

  • Madman engine monitoring: EGT, sensors, service hours, etc.

  • Td5 rev counter

  • Tire pressure monitor

  • Battery monitor

  • 4x charging ports

  • Rear camera

  • Dash cam

  • Additional drink holders

  • Airhorn

  • Additional fire extinguisher

  • 110+ piece tool set, including specialty tools (hub nut, prop shaft)

  • Recovery gear: Straps, hooks, etc.

  • Tire changing gear including 2x lifts, jack stand

  • Emergency vests and safety triangle

  • Spare Td5 fuel pump

  • 26 liter fridge between front seats

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