29th Mar, 2023 12:00

National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands

  Lot 111

1959 Lambretta Li150 Series 1
Time warp with UK history

Sold for £4,830

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: Unregistered
Frame No: 628646
Engine No: 788402
CC: 150
MOT: Exempt

  • Previously British registered from new and only 2 owners
  • Original buff log book
  • Correct engine and frame numbers
  • Completely original and untouched for 56 years
  • London scooter for all of its life
  • in full running condition

The Lambretta Li Series 1 was launched in April 1958. Some 7 months after the TV175 Series 1 was launched. By then Innocenti had eliminated most of the engine problems that the TV175 series 1 had had. The Li150 was a dramatic departure from the shaft-driven LD range that had preceded it. The new enclosed chain-driven engine was centrally positioned under the frame and had more power than the LD. With larger 10 inch wheels and beautifully designed panel work, it was a superb scooter to ride and was instant hit, along with beautiful styling, it has been hugely sought-after for many years by collectors.

This time warp example was first registered by E.S Motors of Chiswick and the first owner was a Malcolm Lever who then sold it in June 1960, to Leon Steiner of Romford who used the scooter as his ‘everything’ transport up until 1967, at which point it was taken off the road and stored ever since. Mr Steiner explained to our vendor that he was 16 when he acquired it (his mother had to sign for it). This 1959 Series 1 was his only transport, clocking up circa 37k miles on the clock commuting to work, holidays each year and everything in between. He also said that it ‘never once broke down’.

Presenting with heaps of originality, the steering lock key is still present and the lock still retains its original flap. An original tool kit is still there and we believe it is possible that even the tyres are the originals. Cables appear to have never been removed and still retain original concertina rubbers above the engine. The hand levers are the correct type with the slotted cut-out. With original seats, it does appear to have been very well looked after.

We have seen the scooter in running condition at the time of consignment. Remarkably, a clean of the carburettor and she was firing on her original pink Lodge spark plug and the engine sounded ‘good’. Even the lights worked on high and full beam. We would, however, recommend a full check and recommissioning before taking to the road.

Offered with the original buff log book and a selection of very old MOT certificates. Originally registered as ‘374 WHX’, a new custodian wishing to re-register on this number would need to use the buff log book as part of the process, as the number is not currently on the DVLA system. This is could be regarded as a rare opportunity to acquire a previously British registered, London-area time warp example of a sought-after model.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Diamond
07768 313001


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands, 29th Mar, 2023

Established in 1993, H&H has sold some of the world's most significant motorcars and motorcycles over the past 30 years. Trusted by over 75,000 clients worldwide, we are the longest established auction house of our kind in Europe. 

An auction of classic motorcycles & vintage scooters taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, West Midlands on March 29th. 

Bidding will take place live at the venue, online via our website, by telephone and commission. 

Parking and entry into the auction is free for auction attendees with a catalogue, available at the door. 


Wednesday 29th March 2023, from 9am

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