Recycled Hawtness: Bitchin' Lowrider Vintage Vespa (w/ video)

What you’re looking at here is a steel-bodied vintage Vespa stripped down to its bare-metal frame and set down onto the same kind of lowering airbags used by lowrider aficionados (yes, I just typed that) in the hot rod and chopper communities. In a word? It’s awesome.

Built by German hot rod shop Kings of Cruisin, this Vespa is an eye-catching, high-mpg alternative to some of the louder, lower MPG custom bikes made famous by TV shows like American Chopper and South Park.

This is the second vintage Vespa we’ve featured in the Recycled Hawtness series, but it couldn’t be more different than Scooterworks’ resto-mods. This is a great example of what’s possible when you try to combine a “reduce, re-use, re-cycle” attitude to custom vehicles, and one of the coolest 90 MPG vehicles available anywhere.

You can check out the finished product in the photo gallery, below, and don’t skip the video if you want to get a sense of how the airbag suspension works. Enjoy!

Source | Photos: Scooterfile.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.