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Vintage Vespa fans cling to the past in Pakistan

Shahzad stands with his abandoned Vespa scooter in Karachi, Pakistan March 6, 2018. (Photo: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

Labor of love: Vintage Vespa fans cling to the past in Pakistan

As cheap Chinese-made motorbikes flood Pakistan’s roads, fans of vintage Vespa scooters are scrambling to find spare parts and preserve models that hark back to a bygone era.

Piaggio’s Italian two-wheeler was the ultimate status symbol for Pakistani bike aficionados in the 1960s and 70s, when bicycles outstripped motorbikes on the roads and only a handful of people could afford to import luxury items from Europe.

Over the past two decades, motorbike ownership rates have skyrocketed in Pakistan, with locally assembled Chinese and Japanese bikes clogging up the roads in a country where much of the population is below the age of 30. (Reuters)

Photography by Akhtar Soomro/Reuters and Caren Firouz/Reuters

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