Lot 115 - 1959 Lambretta 150
- Restored example
- Owned by Judy, The Hon.Lady McAlpine
Before World War II, Ferdinando Innocenti founded a successful engineering company making steel pipes and joints still used today for scaffolding and named it ‘Tubi Innocenti’. Just after the war he saw the potential for an economic means of transport and created the Lambretta, so called because its factory was in the east suburb of Milan, Lambrate. Lambretta had a tubular frame, to which the body panels were fixed and the engine was a small single cylinder two stroker. In 1957, the Lambretta, which up to then was always grey, was enriched with a two-tone finish: the two rear lids, the front and the handlebar nacelle could be painted in Light Blue, Emerald Green, English Blue or Deep Red.
The scooter we are offering comes somewhat reluctantly from Lady McAlpine who has fond memories of "careering about the country" behind her first love (whom she married) on an identical Lambretta, known as "the Gremlin" as it was constantly in need of attention. This one has never caused trouble but has now been more or less "on display" for several years. Restored some years ago, it is painted in the attractive two-tone colours of blue and cream with matching seats. Powered by a two-stroke 150cc engine, this iconic and rare motorcycle would grace any collection or would look great as a ‘prop’ for a café or restaurant and although running and driving, may need some further recommissioning should you wish to use it on the road. Very chic and retro with charm to boot! Lady McAlpine is only parting with it because she feels it should be driven and she feels happier in a car these days. Consignor Mathew Priddy
Guide Price £3,500-£4,000
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