A VESPA’S ALLURE cannot be denied. The scooter first came to public attention in 1946 as a cheap alternative to navigate the cobblestoned streets of bombed-out Rome. Yet, despite its wasp-like structure – hence the name vespa in Italian – the scooter remains chic to this day.
Its popularity is universal and in Penang, Vespas of different colours and models abound. In the town of Bagan, San Motors specialises in repairing and restoring Vespa scooters. Its owner Leong Hooi San can often be found tinkering about his workshop until the early hours of the morning, fixing his customers’ beloved rides.
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