How do I Restore a Vespa Scooter?

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How do I Restore a Vespa Scooter?
A nicely restored Vespa usually includes a new paint job. (Vespa Scooter Seat image by Billy Tait from

Restoring a Vespa scooter takes a bit of research and getting your hands dirty. Much of the success depends on patience and the initial condition of the scooter. In some cases, having the scooter already in pieces makes the job far easier. Whichever the case, a good restoration will cost money and time.

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Restoration depends on what you want. If the restoration is just to get the Vespa running again, then most of the effort is on repairing the scooter to make it reliable. If the goal is to restore it to an original "new" state, then the process can be lengthy and expensive.


Vespas are not hard to work on. Many owners restore the scooters themselves, outsourcing the paint work for a professional paint job. However, if you are not mechanically inclined, some scooter shops will handle the restoration for a set price. Shop packages usually include a teardown, paint job and a full engine rebuild.


Accurate restorations involve rebuilding a Vespa with entirely original parts. For scooters made in the 1950s and 1960s, this task can be challenging, because you have to chase down old spare parts through private owners and auction sites. It also involves a big investment because some models are rare and expensive to restore.

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