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This cobalt-blue mini-garage would look like any old body shop if it weren’t for the row of Vespas—some rusty, some shiny—lined up on the sidewalk out front. Opened in 2001 by one-man restoration crew Alberto Bruchi, the shop refurbishes discontinued models of these iconic scooters, built from the fifties to the eighties. Bodega changed hands in 2008, and new owner Robbie Rhodes’s passion for motorbikes is generally shared by customers. But don’t be discouraged if you’re not an aficionado. A serious interest in Vespa culture is enough to get you started. And if you don’t see the model you’re after, it can be tracked down during an annual hunt in Tuscany. A “just-running” bike can cost from $2,000 to $2,500; complete restoration from engine to paint can fetch more than twice that. A word of advice: If you want complete customization, you’re better off starting with a run-down bike than a recently renovated one.