Classic wooden Vespa models

Created by Dietrich Limper at 11:12 on December 13, 2023

The world is full of surprises! If you think you've already seen every Vespa model on the planet, you haven't heard of Michel Vachon from Canada, who has sent us a great story these days. In his spare time, he has dedicated himself to making wooden Vespa miniatures with a great deal of love and meticulousness. His models are in demand all over the world - but read for yourself!

Struzzo meets Faro Basso

Eight months of work for a Vespa miniature

Rene Michel Vachon: "I am a cabinetmaker with many years of experience and I am particularly passionate about restoring, operating and carving miniature Vespas from wood. In my private collection I have real Vespas such as Primavera, GS150 VS5, GS160, Rally 180, PX 150 and GTS super sport.

I started making wooden Vespa miniatures about 20 years ago and since then I have built and sold about four Fender light Vespas, a Sprint, a GS160, a Primavera and recently a used Fender light 1956.

The cream coloured 1956 miniature has a vintage look that looks like the bike has been sitting in a garage or field for many years. One of my customers even sent me a real 1967 GT Vespa in a crate from Italy to Canada in exchange for one of my miniatures that I shipped in a 'miniature' crate.

All my miniatures are hand carved from birch and maple wood and have nothing to do with CNC. I use rubber tyres, leatherette, glue and a little metal to make them. It takes me up to eight months of free time to finish a miniature, and they cost about $1,000 in materials, including wood, metal, paint, leather and Tyre."

Vespa 125 Primavera
Vespa V30
Vespa GS 160
Vespa GS 160

We are really excited! And if you don't want to wait for a new wooden model from Michel, you can also make do with the scooter models that we offer in our shop. That would at least be a start.

Photo gallery: Wooden Vespa miniatures

Vespa Miniaturen aus Holz
Dietrich Limper
Dietrich Limper

Dietrich Limper works as an editor for SIP Scootershop and also writes for local and national publications. When he's not geocaching, he enjoys the amazing antics of Bayer Leverkusen.