Retrovespa opens the doors on their process
Retro Vespa are a Manhattan based importer of Indian restored classic Vespas VBBs from the 60s.
The concerns over Asian restored Vespas and Lambrettas imported and sold to wealthy western audiences has been hotly debated among the scooter community and we’ve discussed it at some length here. That said, we at NYCS Towers have had no personal experience with Retro Vespa. All we can say is caveat emptor.
To be fair, Retro Vespa has always been upfront about its status as an importer and has gone to some lengths to defend the quality of its products including actively participating in the online debate; and recently shipping one of its scoots to the folks at Scoot Magazine for a full test-ride, strip-down and analysis. The review turned out to be fair-to-okay with a couple of mechanical concerns raised but an appreciation of the tastefulness of the restoration and parts chosen.
Continuing to stand by their product, the company has begun using its Twitter feed to provide an insight into the restoration process during a recent visit to the Indian restoration and paint shops.
The founder of the company has posted a series of photos and videos from the trip, and for this we applaud them. Unfortunately the images do not however give much insight into either the bare-metal integrity of the frames of the scooters or the engine builds. We’ll let you make your own mind up. Either way, it’s interesting to get an insight into the behind-the-scenes.
We’ve included a couple of videos interviews from the trip with the restoration company founders Shekhar and Satish.
Retro Vespa sells the restored VBBs in four colors for $3750. The store has a small showroom at 41 Division Street in Chinatown. You can check out the entire feed of images and videos here.