A charming and much improved example of this popular scooter
Featuring many upgrades to standard including to engine, brakes and exhaust
In a fully restored and pristine condition, ready to ride and enjoy
Lambretta is a brand name of the Innocenti conglomerate. Ferdinando Innocenti built a steel tubing empire in Rome before the Second World War. During the war his factory was heavily bombed and, on surveying the ruins, Innocenti dreamt up the idea of scooter manufacture for the masses. This had been partly inspired by the American Cushman scooters that were heavily used in the war by allied paratroopers and marines. Innocenti based his scooter factory in the Lambrate suburb of Milan, hence the Lambretta name.
In 1972 the Indian Government bought the machinery from the Milan factory and set up Scooters India Limited. Our example originally hails from this period in Lambretta’s history. It is a fully restored example that presents in pristine condition throughout. Many key upgrades have been undertaken including to the engine, ignition, exhaust and brakes. This results in a, reportedly, very well sorted and enjoyable example of the breed.
The History and Paperwork
Our Lambretta was built in 1975 by Scooters of India
It started life as a Vijay Super GP125 model
In its previous ownership the scooter was completely restored and upgraded
This included a full mechanical upgrade as well as a professional respray
Many new and upgraded parts were fitted during this process
At the end of this restoration the scooter acquired its current, period correct registration
It was also registered on its current V5 at that point
This was in late 2018 and the scooter has covered less than 1,000 miles since
The current owner acquired it earlier in 2023
A scooter he has been aspiring to own for many years has, however, just become available
This means he is reluctantly selling this scooter
There is a good level of paperwork included with this example
This includes the current V5
A number of previous MoTs in hardcopy are also present
The scooter is registered as a Historic Vehicle which means it is MoT and VED exempt
An authentication certificate from the owners’ club is on hand
There are numerous invoices included detailing new parts bought and fitted
Some documentation relating to the registration number is also included
The riding environment of the Lambretta is typical of the marque
A high twin saddle and high, straight bars promote a comfortable, upright riding position
The extended fairing provides a floor for the rider’s feet
This is trimmed and protected with rubber topped chrome trim strips
These are also fitted to protect the outer edge of the floor
The rear brake is operated via a machined foot pedal situated here
Ahead of the rider is the simple, headlamp mounted speedometer
Adjustable front brake and clutch levers are traditionally located
The gearchange is by way of a twist mechanism on the left-hand grip
Choke and fuel tap are located at the base of the saddle
A lockable, under seat cubby provides storage for tools, oil etc
The floor extends back either side of the engine to provide for a pillion
The saddle lifts to provide access to the fuel filler cap
A rear rack is fitted above the tail lamp providing additional luggage space
In front of the rider and tucked into the faring is a spare wheel and tyre
The riding environment is in excellent condition throughout
This example is finished in a bright blue colourway
This contrasts very well with the fluorescent yellow wheels and other details
The paintwork was applied during the restoration and is in excellent condition throughout
Various stickers and badges adorn the little Lambretta
This includes the “Arthur Francis S Type” transfers to the side panels
An Innocenti badge adorns the rear mudguard
Lambretta and GP200 badging is fitted to the front of the fairing
Black accents are present including the mesh headlamp guard and rear rack
Black stripes adorn the side panes
The overall effect is striking and pleasing in equal measure
The condition is excellent overall and the attention to detail impressive
The Lambretta has undergone significant mechanical upgrading in its former ownership
This included the fitting of a front disk conversion which vastly improves braking
The engine is now a 150cc unit fitted with an RB20 top end
An enlarged 32mm carburettor is fitted
A five-plate racing clutch is present as is a Chiselspeed race exhaust
A 46/15 cog has been fitted
Electronic ignition replaces the traditional points for enhanced usability and reliability
During our visit the scooter started immediately from stone cold
The current owner reports that the scooter runs very well indeed
It is understood to be fast for its type and has a typical two stroke power-band
This is clearly a well restored and thoughtfully upgraded example of the perennially popular Lambretta scooter. It is a real head turner, too. Not just because of its appealing combination of blue and fluorescent yellow paintwork but because its racing exhaust is very loud. In a good way.
Judging by the paperwork this is an example that has a significant amount of money spent on it. Clearly someone who understands the marque and its key strengths and weaknesses carefully thought through its improvement. With summer, hopefully, just around the corner now is a perfect time to reward yourself with the Lambretta scooter you always promised yourself.
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1975 Lambretta GP125
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