Wed, 6th Apr 2022 11:00

National Motorcycle Museum

  Lot 117

1953 Lambretta Model E
Original hand-pull start model

Sold for £2,625

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: Unregistered
Frame No: 014910
Engine No:12294
MOT: Exempt

  • Imported from Italy
  • Completely original with original paint
  • Nice accessories including rare period side stand
  • Locking toolbox with the key
  • Correct numbers
  • Very rare pull cord starter

During World War 2 Ferdinando Innocenti ran a steel tubing factory in the Lambrate district of Milan in northern Italy, producing components for the Italian Air Force and construction. After the war Innocenti needed to find a new product in order for his business to survive. Inspired by the Cushman scooters that the US army imported into Italy, Innocenti realised he could apply many of the parts that the factory was already producing to motor scooter production. Innocenti started production of Lambretta scooters in 1947, the year after Piaggio started production of its Vespa models. There are still clubs across the world, both national and local clubs, devoted to the Lambretta scooter. The clubs still participate and organise ride outs and rallies which regularly take place during weekends over the summer months and still have high attendance. Across the UK there are many privately owned scooter shops which deal with everything Lambretta, from sales, services, parts, tuning, performance and complete nut and bolt restorations. The Lambretta model E was first introduced in April 1953 and unique in that it was started by a hand pull-cord like a lawnmower. The early models have an advance and retard lever to help start the scooter. The frame is tubular in the shape of a 'C' with the upper part serving as a toolbox. The forks fold back on themselves and have C shaped springs with rubbers that allow the fork link to open and close the spring. Today, E models that still retain the hand-cord are extremely rare as many were converted to use the kick start of the model F.

This example is a very nice original specimen, however, it will need a full mechanical overhaul. It has some rare accessories particularly the period side stand with its nice curved shape and rear passenger footboards . The toolbox still has its key. There is some damage to the frame of the passenger seat. Another very rare opportunity for any collector of Lambrettas. Certainly something different.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Diamond
07768 313001


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