Mod Scooters

Mod scooters are still extremely popular some 50 years on from their heyday in the 1960s.  For some admirers they never went out of fashion, but the mod revival in 1979, fuelled by the release of Quadrophenia, brought them to the attention of a new generation.

The best mod scooters are vintage Lambrettas and Vespas, covered in accessories including lights, mirrors, badges, chrome and whip aerials.  Add a sprinkle of chrome and you have the perfect posing machine.  Goodness knows what they’re like to ride though, with all that weight on the front, and they are as wide as a small car!

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Here are some of the mod scooters I’ve photographed over recent years.  Some of the best are from the Isle of Wight scooter rally in Ryde, as they seem to be extra shiny in the sun.  Ryde still attracts many mods over the August bank holiday despite the alternative rally held in Brighton.  The great thing about the scooter scene is the variety of tastes on show, and I don’t think there’s a more eclectic subculture in the world!

A mod sitting on a Vespa scooter in Brighton

Mod scooter mirrors at the Isle of Wight scooter rally

This image received a lot of attention after I posted it.  It’s one of the most extreme mod scooters I’ve ever seen, covered in so many lights an mirrors.  The photo was taken on the green at Ryde at the Isle of Wight scooter rally.  

A mod sitting on his scooter which is covered in lights and mirrors.

A mod Vespa scooter with lots of lights and mirror accessories

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Mod lambretta with lights, flyscreen, backrest and badges

This is Nita’s custom Lambretta Mr Whippy which has won many trophies over the years.  It even features a horn which plays an ice-cream van tune!



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This Quadrophenia-inspired reproduction of Sting’s Ace Face scooter is owned by Neil from Coventry.

 

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Mod lambretta with flyscreen, lights and whip aerial with fox tail at the top

 

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Series 1 Lambretta with green horncasting and AA badge on the front fairing

You need plenty of polish to keep all the chrome clean!

 

Mod scooter with union jack seat and many lights and mirror accessories

Two mod lambrettas with lights and mirrors and other accessories

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Lambretta TV with lights and badges on the front rack

Many mod scooters on a rideout

Mod Lambretta with lights and mirrors

A vintage lambretta with may lights and other accessories

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5 thoughts on “Mod Scooters

  1. Mr Michael Benton says:

    hi,when I was about 18 in 1980, a friends dad was in the raf. at the bottom of his garden oon camp, my mate and I found this weird machine. it was marked up with a lammy babge. no running board. all I can describe as a weird type w handlebars which were criss crossed In the middle and it was about a 50 cc. any ideas what it was please?

    • AliRichards says:

      Hi, I wonder if it was a Model D? Sounds like it was an actual Lambretta rather than one of the other array of early scooters which were available after the war.

    • Bananajez says:

      My money is on it being a Luna range..a Lui. That had no real running boards and a Rally Chopper type W handlebar and came in 50cc.

  2. Alan Bush says:

    in the very first top photo you can see at the end of that row of scooters a blue and white lammy GP that’s my GP 200 and the lady sitting on the wall in the blue fleece is my wife angela we were there on the isle of Wight rally with the ODD MOD SQUAD unfortunately her MS got too bad for her to ride on the back any more so after a lot of soul searching we sold the GP we owned that scoot for 21 years and really miss it. But it means someone else can get to enjoy it as much as we did and not be left to rot in some old shed. Regards Alan Bush

    • AliRichards says:

      Oh wow, I’m so pleased you spotted yourselves! Shame you had to sell it… There are some lovely scooters in the post!

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