I was browsing old photos of custom Vespas and Lambrettas that I’ve taken over the years so thought I’d share some here.
Awesome custom Vespas and Lambrettas
Most of the scooters here are multi trophy winners and have the most amazing murals, engraving and chrome. As the wife of a custom scooter builder I know how many hours goes into the design of each tiny detail.
From the first inception to the finished article, and then subsequent tweaks, the scooters are a reflection of the owner’s passions, whether it’s a band, a movie or other theme.
This tidy Lambretta used to belong to Geoff Hope from Nuneaton. It has a smart paintjob and lovely engraving, including the front hub and forks.
The A5s are one of the biggest clubs in the country and their members have always put on a good display of custom scooters. Here is their club display at the Portsmouth custom show, from the early 2000s.
Memphis Belle was one of the biggest trophy winners in its time and is a stunning example of a themed custom Lambretta.
Many thousands of pounds are spent on custom Vespas and Lambrettas each year, on multiple deliveries from UK suppliers, Europe, USA and even China; yes, we had a delivery yesterday from the Far East! It’s enough to keep UPS in business, with specialised parts, nuts, bolts, chrome, electronics and other shiny bits being ordered on an hourly basis.
I love the fact that there is so much ‘real estate’ on scooters to decorate, paint, and otherwise customise. Other two-wheeled methods of transport don’t have much more than a petrol tank to make their own. We have comparatively vast side panels, front fairings, mudguards, toolboxes and headsets.
There have been many sport-related custom Vespas and Lambrettas over the years, including this Vespa PX which combines Manchester City with Oasis to bring football and music together perfectly.
Bands have always been represented well among custom Vespas and Lambrettas, reflecting the wide tastes of scooterists.
Other eclectic themes include this Lambretta from a few years ago with a horse theme. I took these photos at a Camber Sands rally in the early 2000s.
The attention to detail is awesome on this Lambretta. From the barbed wire on the floorboards to the engraving and amazing murals. It’s a great example of the theme being reflected all over the scooter.
This is one of my favourite scooters from the 1980s, Sign Of The Snake, which is still going strong!
Trafalgar is one of the most expensive and detailed custom scooters ever conceived. No expense was spared and the finishing touches are awesome.
I realise this collection represents only a tiny fraction of the custom Vespas and Lambrettas we’ve enjoyed over the years. I have more examples in other posts on this website, including
I also cover rallies and rideouts, with amazing custom Vespas and Lambrettas featured, including
I hope to see you on a rally or rideout soon! Do grab me to take a photo of your scooter if you see me and join my mailing list below to receive my monthly newsletter!
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