Lot 171 - 1955 12961 LD125 Mk. I
|Estimate||£1,500 - £2,500|
|Result||Sold - £3,360|
Manufactured by the Italian industrial giant Innocenti, the Lambretta scooter gained instant acceptance in the immediate post-war years, its cleanliness and convenience in particular, appealing to those who regarded the true motorcycle with suspicion. In the UK, Italian scooters were adopted as favoured transport by the 'Mods' becoming one of the enduring style icons of the 1960s. Predecessor of the Li and TV series, the LD arrived in 125cc form in 1951 and became available with a 150cc engine three years later. The LD 125's air-cooled two-stroke single-cylinder engine produced 4.8bhp giving the model a top speed of around 45mph. LD production continued until the end of the 1950s.
This enormously original and un-restored LD125 benefits from a 12 volt electrical conversion but has literally had no other work. It still comes with the original tax disc from Genoa fixed to the handle bars. It sports period after-market chromium 'accents' on the engine side-panels and starts and runs well. Interestingly, it also has the Cavallino Rampante or Prancing Horse badge with 'Ferrari SpA, Departmento di Servizioe Transporto' sign written on the side, perhaps Enzo's transport between factory buildings...
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