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Apr 4, 2018

As cheap Chinese-made motorbikes flood Pakistan's roads, fans of vintage Vespa scooters are scrambling to find spare parts and preserve models that hark back to a quieter, bygone era.

Labor of love: Vespa in Pakistan
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Akram (C) applies coating on Vespa scooter parts, as he chats with owners of Vespa scooters Farrukh Shahbaz (L) and Matiur Rehman outside his workshop in Karachi, Pakistan February 24, 2018. Shahbaz, who, 14 years ago, inherited his father's blue 1961 Vespa, has had to have the scooter repaired three times, but he cherishes the memory and love his father had for the machine. "My father told me it came packed in a wooden box," said Shahbaz, 50. AKHTAR SOOMRO/REUTERS

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