Be warned if looking to buy a old model Vespa. The owner of this scooter came to me because the bike wouldnâ€™t run and asked if I could fix it. The owner claimed the bike was a 1964 wide body Vespa and he had bought it from someone in NSW for $5000. I pulled it apart and came up with a list of parts that the bike required to get it running again. The best people in Melbourne to buy old Vespa parts from is GPS in Abbotsford. I gave them a ring and told them what parts I needed then gave them the engine and frame number. It was then I was informed that the scooter was not a genuine Vespa but a dodgy copy from India. The scam is that someone in India makes a Vespa look a like and what people are doing are going to great lengths to re-badge the fakes to look like the original 1950â€˜s 60â€˜s and 70â€˜s models then ship them into the country the same way the non-registrable mini bikes get in the country. The type of people being caught in this scam are your trendy Chapel street yuppies who want to look trendy on their old style scooters, have too much money and very little knowledge of Vespaâ€™s and take the scammers at face value when buying from them. This particular scooter now cant run because there are no parts available to fix it and even if the parts could be sourced the bike cant be register for road use because none of the rads departments recognise the VIN. So as it stands at the moment the owner of this one has a $5000 paper weight. My advice if your thinking of buying an old Vespa is to get the engine and frame number and ring the road department in your state to check itâ€™s a genuine Vespa.