In fact, the restoration business is booming, with not just Delhiites but also expats and scooter dealers from the US, Europe and Australia making a beeline to convert old scooters into new. About two dozen restoration workshops have cropped up in the city.
“I restore and ship about 100 scooters abroad every year. Lambrettas are sought after in the UK, while Vespas are popular in France,” said Sunny S Anand, owner of Vespabretta in west Delhi.
He explained that Delhi became a restoration hub because vintage scooters — two-wheelers produced before 1978 — are easily available here and in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.
“Restoration costs between Rs. 50,000 and Rs1.4 lakh,” said Deep Puri, who runs Vintage Auto World in east Delhi.