Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

A group of enthusiasts restored a 1960’s Soviet cargo scooter “Vyatka MG-150”.

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

Vyatka was a brand of Russian scooters manufactured by the Vyatskiye Polyany Machine, a Manufacturing Plant in Vyatskiye Polyany between 1956 and 1979.

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

The brand name was derived from both the river upon which it was located and a breed of horse native to the region.

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

The VP-150 (Russian: ВП-150) was an unlicensed copy of the Vespa 150, first built in 1956.

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

It was constructed of thicker steel than the Vespa to cope with the poorer Russian roads.

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

Other minor differences included wider tyres (10×4.0 instead of 10×3.5) and an adjustable headlamp.

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

A glovebox was also incorporated under the front seat. 300,000 vehicles were constructed before production terminated in 1965 after complaints from Piaggio

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

The V-150M Vyatka-2 was introduced in 1966 as a successor to the VP150. It used the same engine, but mounted centrally to give better stability.

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

The final drive was by means of an enclosed chain. The model also utilized a tubular frame and had completely different bodywork.

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

An updated model Vyatka-3 Elektron with electronic ignition was introduced in 1973. Production ceased in 1979 with over one million units being produced

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

However, an excess of new old stock allowed dealers to carry on selling complete scooters until 1989 and spare parts until 1999

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

This is the earlier version – the one that was produced in the 1960s.

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

Restoration of old Soviet Vespa Clone: Cargo Scooter Vyatka MG-150

Final result.

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