1954 Lambretta Model D 125


  • Bought from a private collector of Lambrettas
  • High quality restoration work
  • Kept garaged and pampered
  • Said to run and ride fine

The Appeal

Lambretta are named after the region in which they originated, close to the Lambro river in the district of Milan called Lambrate. The company’s origins began with scaffolding company Fratelli Innocenti – hence all the Innocenti branding on the scooters – who saw the need for a cheap form of mass transportation after WWII. Debuted in Paris in 1948, their scooter soon gained in popularity and they struggled to make them fast enough with limited post-war supplies.

This particular model is an early 1954 Type D model, which was available in only three colours: green, grey and beige, with brown seats for the Mk 2 125cc version. This particular example was bought from a Lambretta collector whose thinning down his collection of nearly 50 examples. He had it restored to near museum quality. It’s now in stunning condition and probably has better paintwork than it ever left the factory with!

The History and Paperwork

  • V5C present
  • Only 2 UK owners since 2015
  • Historic (free) vehicle taxation class
  • Does not need an MoT
  • Came from an avid Lambretta collector
  • Current car and scooter collector keeps it garaged

The Condition 

  • Looks to be in original specification
  • Paintwork has all been restored and looks great
  • Correct Innocenti branded spring seats fitted 
  • Lunchbox and round underseat tool container
  • Original style stickers for fuel tank
  • Dark blue Innocenti branded twist grips
  • Condition of all items looks excellent
  • Headlamp and tail-light uncracked
  • All brightwork in gleaming condition
  • Minor patination on headlamp bezel
  • No rust on underside of mudguards
  • Frame and underside of floor looks to be a great condition

The Mechanics 

  • 5.0hp 125cc engine is said to run fine
  • Brakes and suspension all seemed fine
  • Vendor says the scooter rides well with no known issues
  • Rear tyre Sava Vran in 4.00-8C (dated 2009) with ample tread
  • Front tyre Sava Vran 4.00-8C B13 (dated 2009) with good tread


The condition of this two-wheeled Italian artwork has to be seen to be believed – it really is in near museum quality and the restoration work is of the standard to suit the most discerning Lambretta collector (it came from the person who owns the original Quadrophenia movie bike, which reputable changed hands for £36,000). The current owner says it’s in fully rideable condition, too, so whether you use it for a few summer bike shows, or as the centrepiece of your scooter collection mancave, is up to you. You’ll struggle to find a better one.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1954
  • Make Lambretta
  • Model D125
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 0
  • Engine size 125
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Loughborough
  • Location Leicestershire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
2 bids
  • Sc•••• £5,100 19/02/23
  • Ri•••• £5,000 12/02/23

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