Hong Kong’s love for the Vespa has always burned bright, right from the '50s, when the iconic scooter started grabbing attention outside Europe.
The Vespa, which means “wasp” in Italian, retains its cult-like status due to its largely unchanged design elements.
In the '50s and '60s in the British colony, the colorful scooter was seen everywhere from race tracks to being deployed by the police force. Enthusiasts were already tinkering and modding Vespas, and the fandom was strong.
These images come from the Chu family, which ran Bowrington Motors, one of Hong Kong’s first Vespa stores back in the ‘50s. The collection of photos was later given to Hong Kong scooter specialist, Christian Keith, who runs a vintage Vespa store on the island.
Adapted from an original article on Post Magazine.