1961 Lambretta TV175


  • Characterful patina
  • Long-time enthusiast ownership
  • Repainted Ford Winchester Blue in period
  • Period-authentic example of a Lambretta legend


The TV175 (Turismo Veloce) was the first model of the LI range, a new breed of more performance-oriented scooter that Lambretta designed to take the fight back to Vespa. By the time of the Series 2, engine problems had been ironed out (with redesigned engine/gearbox components and different gear ratios), and the suspension – external shock absorbers up front – had been redesigned to give a more supple and compliant ride. 

This well-maintained example was repainted in-period in a Ford colour; Winchester Blue (a colour very much beloved of Zodiac owners). It wears its road-riding scars proudly, and shows an engaging patina across the paintwork. The characteristic TV decal is boldly displayed on the leg-shield, while the highly-polished chrome side panels make for a striking presence.


  • Nice collection of tax discs and mileage-authenticating MoT certificates
  • Letter authenticating the scooter’s provenance from Lambretta Club UK
  • Scooter underwent mechanical refresh in 2019 with Thames Scooter services
  • Further fettling by Scooter Restorations in 2020
  • Owned by knowledgeable Lambretta collector


  • Presented in original, unrestored condition
  • Chromed, logoed side panels an attractive feature
  • Original saddle in excellent shape
  • All rubber parts, runners and seals very presentable 
  • Some weathering underneath
  • All original badges/decals present and correct 
  • Front chromed mudguard/wheel-arch weathered but good 
  • Frame is robust and in good condition
  • Some small patches of light surface corrosion, but nothing structurally worrying
  • Rear parcel rack pitted


  • 175cc air-cooled single
  • Robust electrical system
  • The scooter starts readily and runs smoothly
  • Engine and gearbox appear weathered but in good overall condition, with no signs of leaks
  • Hoses appear quite healthy. 
  • Suspension and brake components in good condition
  • Some corrosion to exhaust components  


Perhaps best described as a sports touring model, these chic Bertone-designed scooters have a firm following both in Europe and the UK. It’s nice to see an original condition example – okay, repainted in period – but that in itself adds to the appeal, evoking memories of the wider (young) motoring scene from the Britain of the late Fifties and early Sixties. With a (gentle) polishing, this will be quite a machine to turn up on at any scooter meet.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1960
  • Make Lambretta
  • Model TV 175
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 40,977 Miles
  • Engine size 175
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Worksop
  • Location Nottinghamshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
10 bids from 2 bidders
  • hall.ch•••• £5,500 22/09/23
  • Portsmo•••• £5,300 22/09/23
  • hall.ch•••• £5,200 22/09/23
  • Portsmo•••• £5,000 22/09/23
  • hall.ch•••• £4,700 22/09/23
  • Portsmo•••• £4,500 22/09/23
  • hall.ch•••• £4,200 22/09/23
  • Portsmo•••• £4,000 22/09/23
  • hall.ch•••• £3,200 22/09/23
  • Portsmo•••• £3,000 17/09/23

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