10 VINTAGE SCOOTERS So Ugly They’re Beautiful


– [Narrator] Hey everyone, it’s Reacher, your voice of reason for this video. I was sitting around
thinking about my ex wives, so I felt it was only fitting to bring you 10 vintage scooters, so
ugly, they’re beautiful. (digital static) Number 10. The name of this one sounds
so flowing and lovely. But when you see it, your first
instinct is to swipe left. Looks aside, this prototype
was ahead of its time when it appeared in at the
1958 Geneva Motor Show. It was characterized by
its self supporting chassis created by the inverted
U-shaped stainless steel body. It had two adjustable seats on rails that would allow for a
third seat or spare tire to be attached. A side hatch in the body
allowed quick access to the fundamental
components for maintenance. An electric starter
and a 15 liter gas tank connected to a two-cycle,
one cylinder engine produced eight horsepower for a maximum speed of
100 kilometers per hour. And like most prototypes, it never went beyond the concept stage because of high production costs. (digital static)
Number nine. The Maico Mobil is an
early touring scooter made between 1950 and 1958. The Mobil had steel and
aluminum body panels bolted on to a tubular steel frame. The rear body work included
panniers and a mount for a spare wheel. Mounted on the dashboard
behind the windscreen were the ignition switch, the speedometer, and the fuel filler cap. Lower panels contained a glove box and a provision for a car
radio to be installed. Originally it had a 150cc one
cylinder two-stroke engine, but this was later increased to 175cc’s and then an optional 200cc engine became available soon after. In addition the three speed
transmission was replaced by a four speed. One has only to look at the
capabilities of today’s scooters to realize this one was more than just a
little ahead of its time. (hip hop music) (digital static)
Number eight. The company that made this
scooter is named Faka. And no, that’s not a
mispronunciation of the F word. It’s an acronym for a name I’m not even going to try to pronounce. In 1953 the company
started making scooters. Inspirations from the aviation industry led to some unique design features such as a fake jet air
intake under the seat. The two-stroke one cylinder engines, could produce up to 9.5 horsepower, for a maximum speed of
93 kilometers per hour. Offered braking systems
were either mechanical or hydraulic and could
be operated by pedals in the foot well. Due to a high price, the press mentioning
certain disadvantages, and an onslaught of cheap three
and four wheeled mini cars, production ended in 1957. (hip hop music) (digital static) Number seven. A quick look at this one and you can see that
it’s far from ordinary. The original, named the Type 501, was introduced in 1957
with it’s signature design being compared to the shape of a torpedo. The long torpedo like appearance came from having the fuel tank integrated into the front mud guard with the headlight in front of that. The front mud guard is fixed to the body and fully streamlined into the leg shields with full length running boards
along the two meter body. This placement left a
significant amount of free space under the seat for storage. The scooter was originally powered by a 175cc two-stroke
single cylinder engine giving a top speed of
88 kilometers per hour. A limited number of side
cars were also produced before production of the
scooter ceased in 1964. (hip hop music) (digital static and beeping) Number six. Once again, little is
known about this one. But I have to mention it because it’s an example of badassery that has to be acknowledged. This little green bullet is called the Vespa Sport Squadra Corsa. In 1951, it was driven in the International Six Days
Enduro held in Varese, Italy. The Enduro is a grueling
test of the limits of both man and machine in
an off road environment. It ended up taking the gold in the race. Not just once, but nine individual times. To give you perspective,
the gold is only given to finishers in the top 10%. Vespa recently released a new
model to their scooter lineup called the Sei Giorni. The name translates to six days
and it’s meant to pay homage to the model used in the race. And I’m assuming it will be just as tough as its predecessor. (hip hop music) (digital static) Number five. The Super Sport was
built from 1964 to 1968. The motor and suspension design were very similar to that
of the Vespa Grand Sport. On the other hand, the styling
of the SS180 was totally new. The new design was much more angular. The cowls of the 180 stuck
out farther than any other of the Vespa models. The brushed aluminum badges
on the SS were different than on the other models of the time. It was also the first large
frame Vespa to be available in a choice of colors. There was a glove box
behind the leg shields and a spare tire hidden
under the left cowl. The motor on the 180 was an evolution of the
Grand Sport’s 160cc. It retained the piston ported
design but simply bumped up the size of the cylinder
to a 180cc displacement to give it an 8.9 horsepower output. (hip hop music) (digital static) Number four. Most Vespas share a
similar basic structure. The Super Sprint 90 was
developed as a sporting variant of that structure with a dummy fuel tank, a centrally located spare wheel, a more aerodynamic faring up front and a pad on top of the dummy tank so riders could crouch
low behind the headlight to reduce drag. The two-stroke 88.5cc
engine used in the SS90 is a single cylinder, air cooled unit, producing 5.87 horsepower. It’s paired with a four speed gear box that gives a top speed of
93 kilometers per hour. The SS90 is much sought after due to it’s extreme
rarity, as just over 5300 were made between 1965 and 1971. Sadly, most of these have been lost to the ravages of rust, time
and overly ambitious riders. (hip hop music) (digital static) Number three. In 1955, a young motorcycle manufacturer named KTM introduced its first scooter, the Mirabell, which was unveiled
to great critical acclaim. And true to the meaning
of the word Mirabell, which translates to
admirable and attractive, the scooter was dynamic,
tasteful, and elegant. Depending on the year model, there was either a 125cc or
a 150cc two stroke engine producing either six or eight horsepower. This allowed for a top speed
of 85 kilometers per hour. Other design features
included an electric starter, 12 inch wheels, a swing arm at the front, and a motor unit swing arm at the rear. At the end of the 1950s the
European motorcycle crisis hit KTM and sales collapsed, leaving the Mirabell as
one of the many scooters lost in time. (hip hop music) (digital static) Number two. It was advertised as the most iconic
motor scooter ever made. This awesome orange red piece came in two different variants. The standard and the deluxe. Both were identical except
for the front cowling, recessed headlamp, and
the plexiglass windshield included on the deluxe. Both models included chromium bumpers, a locking package compartment, locking ignition, a foot starter, auxiliary hand throttle and a leather covered spring cushion seat. Additional accessories
included tandem seating, a spare tire, speedometer, a side car, and front wheel breaks. The cost for a custom color was $150 extra and was available in several colors including blue, black, white, and green. But don’t get your hopes
up on finding one though. Currently only one model of
the deluxe is known to exist. (hip hop music) Before we announce our number one pick, we’d like to give an
honorable mention to this one. Moto Rumi, the branch
of the Rumi foundries that produced motorcycles and scooters, was only active from 1950 to 1960. The 125CC, 6.5 horsepower,
two-stroke twin, fed into a four speed
wet clutch transmission that produced a top speed
of 75 kilometers per hour. During this short span, the factory also enjoyed
numerous endurance and sprint racing victories. The 160 kilogram weight of the Formichino gave a performance advantage over the conventional steel
framed Vespas and Lambrettas on Italy’s roads and
added to their appeal. After Rumi’s three Italian
speed championships, Vespa upped their game and unfortunately Rumi was
no longer able to compete. (hip hop music) (digital static) Number one. In terms of styling, the body on the Lambretta TV175 Series II is essentially identical
to that of the Series I which preceded it. The art deco style of this scooter was not lost on consumers of the time, so it’s easy to see why
there were limited changes between the models. With the Series II motor, they essentially used a Series I motor, overboard the 62 millimeters. This allowed the 175cc two-stroker to generate 8.6 horsepower. Coupled with the four speed transmission, this put out a top speed
of 90 kilometers per hour. It may sound odd, but the Series II was created solely to try and
recover from the disaster that was the Series I. Talk about wanting to prove a point. (hip hop music) – Hey guys, this is Amber. – And Alex from Mind’s Eye Design. I hope you guys enjoyed this video. – Tell us in the comments below what you found to be the
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100 Replies to “10 VINTAGE SCOOTERS So Ugly They’re Beautiful”

  1. 📢Thank you for watching everyone! 😍
    👉 Check out our playlist of Scooters, E-Bikes, Folding Bikes and more @
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  2. Japan has dominated the scooter industry like forever and yet not one featured in this lineup. Im thinkin they never made a ugly one

  3. Some real fugglies there, but the Series 2 Lambretta is one of the most beautiful creations of Man.
    It was designed with the shape of a reclining curvaceous woman in mind.
    I have a Li150 series 2 and the only 2 wheeled vehicle ever made that is even more beautiful is the Series 3, of which I have several.

  4. vespa and labretta are the best scooters and you can see much theme in italy and spain the others are prototypes

  5. i used to have a moto guzzi zigolo. not especially ugly but it had a few odd features, such as an adjustable height body

  6. What's ugly about the Vespas? And I'm shocked to see the Lambretta LI 150 S 1/2 scooters at Number 1. I own 2 Indian Lambrettas, and think they are the most beautiful old style scooters ever. Here in India, we do have some odd looking scooters from the 60's, 70's and early 80's. There was a redesigned Lambretta for the Indian market called the Lamby Polo. I think the company outsourced the design to Japanese engineers. The result is a scooter that has none of the charm or beauty of the Lambretta. Smaller companies produced some odd looking scooters which consisted of a terrible mix of Lambretta and Vespa styling.

  7. That last lambretta was gorgeous and the Vespas but so were many of the others, they shouldn't have been in this list lol, great little video though

  8. out of all scooters all you talked about was foreign scooters and never mentioned U.S. scooters like Cushman, they had a normal scooter and a full bodied model which people called an upside down bath tub. i had one of each. in the early 1950s.

  9. اقسم بالله هذه من نعم الله عليكم يامن نقول عنكم كفار ومن اهل النار فانا بالنسبه لي اسف كل الاسف وارفع لكم القبعه يامن تنظرون الى الحياةه وجمالها ؟؟؟؟؟؟ لاكن اود ان اخبركم عن العربان اهل القمل والصيبان ؟؟؟ يهدمون اوطانهم يقتلون اخوتهم يرهبون بعضهم يخرجون عن طاعة اولياء امورهم يوردون الارهاب ينتهكون الاعراض يغزون بعضهم البعض يرسلون ويجندون القتله يفتكون بممتلكاة الوطن والوطن ينزف كل يوم من شرور اعمالهم يتحالفون مع اعداء العرب ومغتصبي اراضيهم وقدسهم ثاني القبلتين ؟؟؟؟هذه الحقيقه

  10. they are all very beautiful machines. vespa is the king but the others are interesting and they sure were fancy for their time. I wish today that manufacturers would take pride in their products rather than cost being a motivating factor

  11. A very good Design an ever antique models should be available on date should be manufactured in these modern days

  12. I had a TV175 Series 1 in the late 60s. A great machine until I blew it up. Pre-metric, so I can only give its top speed at around 65mph (around 110kmh).
    Before that, I owned a model D 125cc. The D was the "naked" Model LD with a bare frame and only a half-height leg shield. That was a truly ugly machine. Check out the Lambretta Club of Great Britain on ilambretta.co.uk.
    Both of the above were quite rare in Australia, only 6 of the TV series 1 were imported, the series 2 was more common. Similar situation with the D vs LD

  13. # 9 my fave….thanks for the video……well presented and orated with knowledge love of the topic and experience thx again

  14. You just couldn`t keep up the muntery, could you?
    Where was the Zundap Bella?
    There were some almost pretty ones at the end.
    Lambretta TV?

  15. My goodness me, where on earth did you dig up those women at the end of your video – bet one of their names was Dolly Dimple

  16. Some really attractive scooters , you can see a lot thought has gone into the design, wish I owned one although I have a vintage Italian lambretta which I cherish.

  17. I had several scooters through the '60's, but none of these ones. I had a Cyclemaster Piatti, which was a weird English-made machine, then a DKW Hobby, which I liked, then a 150cc Puch, which was excellent. My friends had Vespa's, Lambretta's, Maico's, and C-Zeta's, all of which were great, but the best of all was a Triumph Tigress, 250cc 4 stroke Twin cylinder machine, which was obviously not really very reliable (it was British!), but was very fast and sounded great. I also had a friend who owned a Rabbit, made in Japan by Robin, which is now owned by Subaru. Not terribly fast, but certainly reliable! The C-Zeta was eventually made in NZ under license and was called an N-Zeta. It was very popular, looked identical to a C-Zeta with the same engine, but the body was made in NZ. I wish I had one now!

  18. As an American, it does not surprise me that Americana had scooter manufactures then? It is really sad and economically irresponsible. Them damn Europeans and Japanese was all I heard growing up. Ferrari, Formula 1, WRC and Moto GP didn't exist in most of the country. Sad.

  19. I clicked to see some interesting "weird" scoots…..and you list the SS180 and the Super Sprint 90? two Icons of Vespa design? I mean…I still enjoyed the video. ….but the title shouldn't be "ugly" when you're including Vespa and Lambretta.

  20. …да куда они все подевались, симпатичные/же модели, почему сейчас их в продаже не найдешь😉..?

  21. Honda Juno 1954 , Goggo 200, WFM -Osa M52, Heinkel Tourist, Velocette Viceroy, Lambretta 175 tv Series 1, Maico Maicoletta, IWL Pitty, Lambretta 150 ld Avv

  22. This video started off well but halfway through flipped to bizarre.
    How the Vespa SS can be regarded as ugly I'll never know LMAO.

  23. You got the first part of your tittle correct this was like watching someone pouring a can of paint on my brand new car, the Fuka bike was the most fun this video had to share (yes I know!)

  24. WHAT???? Most of em are just ugly, ok, I’ll accept that the Rumi is so ugly it’s beautiful but the Vespas, ther’re gorgeous. Who compiled this a blind man? And as for the Lammy, it’s the most beautiful thing on two wheels.

  25. beauty bab and luxuries machine ! create by previous generation,so creative,aero dinamix,turbo system so so nice !

  26. Hi! thanks for this beautiful documentary. do you have any information about how many Rumi formicinno was ever produced?
    Regards, flo

  27. I have a Lambretta series 1 and it wasn't a disaster at all the series 2 was the progression for the European market

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