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Hot Italian scooter maker opening store in Oakland
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^
| Thursday, November 28, 2002
| Teresa F. Lindeman
Posted on 11/28/2002 3:08:31 PM PST by Willie Green
Edited on 04/13/2004 2:34:55 AM PDT by Jim Robinson.
When the Italian manufacturer of Vespa motor scooters came back to the United States two years ago, it opened boutiques in places such as Denver, Chicago and the California community of Sherman Oaks.
But this trendy vehicle -- sort of the Volkswagen Beetle of the motor scooter world -- isn't being limited to America's trendiest cities. Even now, construction workers are putting together a 1,500-square-foot boutique along Forbes Avenue in Oakland. The store should open by January, not long after the state's first Vespa boutique opens in Philadelphia.
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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: globalism; recession; tariffs
To: Willie Green
posted on 11/28/2002 3:20:26 PM PST
The new Vespa's are really not my taste.
I kind of like the new agressive look!
posted on 11/28/2002 5:05:08 PM PST
The restored scooters on that link are really sweet.No prices are given,I'm curious how much they run? Do you know if the new models are two-stroke or four?
posted on 11/28/2002 5:45:03 PM PST
In college, I rode a 1975 Vespa 150 Sport, it was a 2 stroke, so you had to add oil.
The last time I checked, restored models from ClassicalWheels were running $2800 - $3800, plus shipping ($400,fully crated, on a boat to a west coast port).
I'm still trying to talk my wife into buying one for old time sake. But with our first child on the way, I think it's on the back-burner for a while.
posted on 11/28/2002 8:40:38 PM PST
I looked at the Vespa USA website and the new ones don't look nearly as stylish as the vintage ones.They do make a 4 cycle model now,and they are not cheap.About 4 grand for the 4 stroker.The vintage have better lines,but the 4 cycle is cleaner burning of course.I'll buy one when they start making retro ones that are 4 stroke.
posted on 11/29/2002 5:35:46 PM PST
HUY'S SCOOTER is a direct exporter of Vespa scooters and supplies, processing monthly shipments of vintage scooters and rare memorabilia direct to foreign countries. We feature a full-service/repair department and deep inventory of scooter parts.
Our 1960s Vespa has the price of USD 1299 per Vespa FOB Saigon port - Vietnam. Should you wish to know any further, please contact us at:
Le Tuan Huy
The old Vespas are cool but I'd take a Cushman Eagle over a Vespa any day.
posted on 01/05/2004 8:40:07 PM PST
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