Wed, 20th Jul 2022 11:00

National Motorcycle Museum

 
  Lot 133
 

1948 Lambretta Model A Mk3
Completely original and running

Estimated at £9,000 - £10,000


Lot details

Registration No: MXS 706
Frame No: T1P02 11712
Engine No: T1P02 11665
CC: 125
MOT: Exempt

  • Imported from Italy in 2015
  • Beautiful original condition
  • Recent mechanical refurbishment by DJ Scooters
  • Correct numbers.
  • 74 years old and a very rare model
  • V5 for use on UK roads

During World War II 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.

The Lambretta model A or 125M as it was first called was the first ever Lambretta launched on October 1947 starting the legend that is Lambretta. During its sole year in production only 9669 were produced and it was subject to dozens of modifications in this short time. The 125M was never exported, had a 125cc engine, 3 speed gearbox and foot operated gear change. It has no suspension except a rubber block at the front. It had 7 inch wheels, later changed to 8 inch on the Model B. Many of the parts were chrome plated and the overall design was extremely elegant, particularly the deco style gear shift guide and the sweeping front mudguard.

This extremely original example is a later model of the year sometimes known as a Mk3 and is in remarkably good original condition. Very few Model A Lambrettas exist in their original paint. It is indeed rarity. The handlebars are an extremely rare sport accessory. The scooter was subject to a full high quality mechanical overhaul only last year in 2021 by DJ Scooters at a cost of £1673. Included in this was the acquisition of new 7 inch tyres from Vittorio Tessera at the Casa Lambretta Museum. Full itemised billing accompanies the paperwork for this scooter and is available to view at the auction.

These 1940’s Lambrettas are tipped for rocketing collectibility in the near future. This example as an original Model A with a UK V5 and in fully working condition is about as rare an opportunity as you will get and represents a great opportunity for a serious collector.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Diamond
info@vintagescooters.co.uk
07768 313001

 

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Auction: National Motorcycle Museum, Wed, 20th Jul 2022

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