I’m not particularly taken with radically customised scooters as a rule, but do think these 50’s hot rod inspired Vespa’s are simply stunning.
I’ve got no information where they are from but would hazard a guess they are perhaps German or American.
My early recollections of early custom scooters that went beyond the typically de rigueur mod style of chrome crash-bars, racks, lights, whip arials, back-rests and flags began in the mid to late 70’s.
My mate Martin had metalflake Union Jack side panels on his LI 150 with ‘Omega’ in gold in recognition of the Northwich scooter boys of the early 1970s.
A Vespa P200E called ‘Psychedelic Soul’ owned by the Jaguars SC Number One was an early scooter that had murals around the same time. My friend Gary bought a full-blown customised and much-admired P200E called “Firefly” and ran with our club the “Midnight Runners”. As we ventured out of the North-West we began to see much more ambitious and creative scooters, often attributed to big soul anthems of the 1960s and 1970s. Scooters from Yorkshire clubs called ‘East Coast Connection’, ‘Time Trouble & Money’, ‘Nowhere to Run’, ‘Superfly’ spring to mind. Frankly the scooters were all together on a different level.
These pair however are just stunning. Pieces of art. I love them.
The wide body Vespa from the 1950’s really lends itself to this kind of work more than any other design.
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