27th Mar, 2024 11:00

National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands

  Lot 123

1965 Lambretta Li150S Special
The only factory original red Italian-built Special known to exist

Lot details

Registration No: Unregistered
Frame No: 150LiS 247702
Engine No: 150Li 764762
CC: 150
MOT: Exempt

  • Completely original and untouched
  • Genuine Red Italian 150 Special
  • Correct numbers
  • In apparently full running order
  • NOVA for easy UK registration or export
  • Exceptional opportunity

The ‘150 Special’ debuted at Milan in 1963. The tuned engine and close-ratio gearbox made for a faster – 95kmh – machine with much-improved acceleration over a standard Li. The Special 150cc engine/gearing combination on these models was also particularly sought after by Lambretta racers who raided the machine engines and this has contributed to the rarity of them in original state.

Here we present something special. A complete original paint unmolested pure genuine Italian 150 Special originally supplied in all red paint. We understand that there were very few factory-made Specials in red and the other known examples are SX200 models and only two of these are known to have survived. This the only 150 Special known to exist according to the vendor who has extensive Lambretta contacts and also through our own research. All of the red Lambrettas were sent as a special order to the USA as mentioned by Vittorio Tessera in his historical notes. It is also believed that these were a special order for a regional US post office. This very rare scooter was imported to the UK by Dean Harvey of Scootopia in 2016 it has a NOVA on file for simple UK registration or easy export.

On close examination we note that there appears to have been a temporary sidecar fitted at some point. The original stand which would have been removed to do that was retained and was refitted and indeed is in the original red paint but in excellent unfaded condition in our opinion. It is interesting to see that all over the scooter the areas of paint that would have caught the sun have faded while other areas under shade have stayed quite vibrant. It is quite possible that the spare wheel would have had a cover to retain the brighter paint. There is a small running in transfer still visible inside the leg shield in English only. Believed totally original all over we could not see any touch ups to the paint anywhere. The original Giuliari seat is in pretty good condition with its original cover having minor unstitching at the top. The MPH Veglia speedometer shows 944 miles only which could easily be genuine. Our vendor has carefully specialised in collecting very original examples and we note that all of the outer cables, grease-points and cable straps have never been removed. Still standard as a 150 on 6V points. All of the original keys are present for the tool box, steering lock and ignition. The totally original standard engine started up easily and sounded very good at time of consignment. Please see running video.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Diamond
07768 313001


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Auction: National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands, 27th Mar, 2024

An auction of classic motorcycles & vintage scooters taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, West Midlands. Venue Details

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