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Vintage Vespa fans cling to the past in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: As cheap 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…