The Original Beauties 

The Original Beauties
Vespa Museum

Open for visitors: between 06th-09th June 2019
Location: Zanka Sports and Event Center – former Restaurant “Sirály”

What makes this exhibition a truly unique experience is the presence of “the Conservatas“. These scooters are considered as exceptional rarities even in vintage Vespa terms – they all have been manufactured between 1947 and 1970.They are preserved in factory state, down to the smallest details.

You can’t find conservatas in these numbers even in the Vespa Museums of Italy. The classification “Conservata” is not be confused with FIVA or other historical classifications. The later is a vintage vehicle restored to factory state, while the conservata is THE factory state. Not a single sparepart has ever been changed or replaced on these scooters.

You will have the chance to witness them exactly in the same condition as when they have left the production line 70 years ago.

It all began in 1884, when the Piaggio company in Italy started out producing timber, seaplanes, and airplanes. Due to its success, it became one of the largest airplane companies in the world! Unfortunately, that happened to not be the best thing in Italy when World War II started in 1933.

After the war, in 1946, the company had to “switch gears” and came up with the stylish motorbike that we know today. The “Vespa” became so popular worldwide, that limitations were put on it.  However, Vespa still topped the market especially with the release of a movie starring Audrey Hepburn on the famous bike in the 1950’s, which sparked the beginning of the “Golden Era of Production” for Vespas (1960’s-1970’s).

The Vespas came to Vietnam with the French, who occupied the country until 1954. When the French left, their Vespas stayed. After the Vietnam War, Vespas became very rare due to economic isolation and borders that were closed to foreign imports. In 1990, when the borders opened back up, many brand new Vespas got into the country. Many of the old Vespas from the “Golden Era” were salvaged and have survived until today!