1975 Lambretta GP125


  • 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

The Appeal

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.

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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 Interior

  • 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

The Exterior

  • 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 Mechanics

  • 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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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1975
  • Make Lambretta
  • Model GP125
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 521 Miles
  • Engine size 150
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Kettering
  • Location Northamptonshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
27 bids
  • kingtef•••• £5,100 02/04/23
  • parker.•••• £5,000 02/04/23
  • Viszla £4,800 02/04/23
  • parker.•••• £4,700 02/04/23
  • Viszla £4,500 02/04/23
  • parker.•••• £4,300 02/04/23
  • mark Pe•••• £4,100 02/04/23
  • parker.•••• £4,000 02/04/23
  • mark Pe•••• £3,800 02/04/23
  • parker.•••• £3,700 02/04/23

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