VESPA SCENE IN VIETNAM
Once the epitome of ‘50s Roman jazz-age cool,
the Vespa experienced something of a fall from
grace between the 1970s-1990s. No longer
considered hip, most were reduced to the scrap
heap or left long forgotten in storage bins or
Why Vietnam ?
During the 1960s,
Vietnam was the biggest export market for Piaggio (Vespa) and Innocenti
To an old statistic, fifty nine thousands scooters had
been exported to Vietnam by Piaggio Corp, Italy. It included all model from
Lambrettas, VBBs, VBCs, VLBs, GS, ACMA, 50cc, 125cc, 150cc, 175cc, 200c,….
Vietnam have never produced these bikes and will never.
Fast forward to the present day and the humble
little scooter is undergoing a global revival.
In Vietnam where the Vespa never truly died off,
because people couldn’t afford to replace them,
retro scooters from the 50’s-70’s are more
popular than ever.
Vietnam’s streets are jam-packed full of your
run of the mill models, the Honda’s Dylan, @, SH,
Suzuki’s Hayate and Yamaha’s Nouvo that all
clamor for attention in some of the world’s
most bizarre urban waves of traffic. But it is
the chic old models that have been custom
painted and fitted that are turning heads in HCM
However, it’s not all easy trails with the old
Italians and French, they are up to 50 years old
and require some pampering from time to time.
They are generally less convenient than the
newer models and are prone to problems such as
difficult start-ups, frequent breakdowns and
stalled engines. Enthusiasts say its all part of
the charm and the little acts of maintenance
love they dote upon them make the relationship
that much more special.
With decades of restoration work under their
belts, Vietnam’s scooter restorers have gained a
reputation as some of the best in the business.
The interest has sparked a new cottage industry
in the country as buyers, dealers and collectors
from abroad flock to the country’s shores in
search of a good deal and a rare find.
We only restore
genuine Italian built scooters - not the license built copies made in India or
Italian scooters have been a regular
site here since the early 1950s.
In most countries around the world, these scooters have been regarded
as a throwaway item. Hence, earlier models are extremely rare and hard to find
in restorable condition. In Vietnam, a 200% import duty on all new vehicles
means that motorcycles and scooters are the main form of transport for most
families. War has also devastated the Vietnamese economy - so it follows that
older scooters are cherished and looked after like in no other country.
Scooters have played a major part in
everyday life in Vietnam for generations
The most popular models we restore are the Vespa VBB,
VLB and VBC models.
These scooters are remarkably nippy and cruise comfortably at speeds of
up to 58mph, making them ideal commuting vehicles. Both the Vespas and
Lambrettas have high revving, quick accelerating 2 stroke engines, giving the
unmistakable exhaust note that gave Vespa its name - the Italian word for
With their unique stylish design, many of our customers choose to
display them indoors as a piece of artwork, using them mainly for sunny summer
touring! Either way, what you get is a depreciation-proof investment, along
with the knowledge that you own one of the best classic scooters available