1959 Innocenti Lambretta Li125 Series 1

Highlights


• Sympathetically rebuilt around 2010-11.
• Presents in excellent condition.
• Ready for summer cruising.


The Appeal


Introduced in June 1958 and with just 8.60 horsepower, the Innocenti Lambretta Li125 is more a muted gelding than Italian stallion. 

Built for cruising rather than bruising, hours of fun may be had with these diminutive scooters as with other two-wheelers boasting many, many more horses.

It is important to keep early classic two-wheelers like this on the road and to encourage the next generation to continue to do so. As you putter along, you can’t beat seeing a child waving or smiling at your jolly two-wheeler and saying it’s cool and hoping they draw inspiration from it sometime in their future.

The popularity of genuinely historic scooters is increasing rapidly and now is the time to bag an iconic, two-wheeled bargain just in time for summer.

The History and Paperwork


• Totally rebuilt around 2010-2011.
• Dry-stored and dry-ridden.
• V5 certificate in current keeper’s name.

This attractive and colourful Innocenti Lambretta Li125 Series One was sympathetically restored around 2010-2011 after which it was registered and received its heritage 717 YUF plates with the assistance of the Lambretta Club of Great Britain.

The scooter was acquired by the current keeper in August 2018 and is now put up for auction to make way for a new acquisition of what is an evolving and eclectic collection of vehicles.

Accompanying the scooter will be the V5 Certificate in the current keeper’s name and a file of relevant paperwork of servicing, parts and documents pertaining to provenance.

The Condition


• One of the very best early examples.
• Elegant presented in purple and white.
• ‘Lovingly used’ but unblemished exterior.

This Lambretta Li125 Series One presents in truly remarkable condition all-round. 

The glossy purple and contrasting white panels offer an eye-catching colour scheme.

So early is this Lambretta that there is no speedometer or odometer at the centre of the alloy handle bars…at the time, it was thought that they weren’t really needed. 

Some of the original fittings salvaged from the rebuild, such as the Innocenti badge and ‘Lambretta’ chrome work now display a hint of patina but still look very sharp. Two brand new white-walled Continental tyres clad the road wheels which complete the overall aesthetic for the late 1950’s period.

Hop onto the seat and you’re transported back to the late 50’s. If ‘Living Doll’ by Cliff Richard and The Drifters was to become your earworm, our understanding would be total!

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The Mechanics


• Rarely used since 2011.
• Runs and performs perfectly.

At the photo location, this pretty Lambretta Li125 Series One was not fired up – but certainly not because it wouldn’t.

We are assured by the current keeper that the scooter is in fine mechanical condition with its brakes, engine, gearbox, clutch and running gear performing as well as their respective Italian engineers intended over sixty years ago.

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Summary


Based in Milan, the Lambretta Li125 and Li150 Series One scooters were made by Italian manufacturer Innocenti from 1958 to 1959. 

With a starting price of 155,000 Italian lire at the time (approx. £163), they were an immediate hit with the public and offered a (reasonably) quick and inexpensive way of getting from A to B, with their good reliability ensuring you got back to A again.

Scooters of any ilk have always been a fun way of getting around and perhaps the best it gets is when riding to the coast with a group of like-minded ‘scooterrati’, as was frequently done in the ’60s and ’70s to spend the day on the promenade.

Lambretta aficionados are well catered-for with numerous and regular ride-outs up and down the country.

In addition, membership to the Lambretta Club of Great Britain is open to everyone with historic, current and future interest in the scooter lifestyle and its more than 5,000 active members are as knowledgeable, helpful and enthusiastic as they come.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1959
  • Make Innocenti
  • Model Lambretta Li125 Series 1
  • Colour Purple and White
  • Odometer 0
  • Engine size 125
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Hampshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
15 bids from 9 bidders
  • Ha•••• £6,500 16/05/22
  • Ha•••• £6,400 16/05/22
  • Ro•••• £6,300 16/05/22
  • Ha•••• £6,200 16/05/22
  • Ro•••• £6,100 16/05/22
  • jo•••• £6,000 16/05/22
  • Ha•••• £5,200 16/05/22
  • Ro•••• £5,000 16/05/22
  • In•••• £4,600 16/05/22
  • Ha•••• £4,500 12/05/22

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