12th Jul, 2023 11:00

National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands

  Lot 22

1956 Lambretta Model D Mk3
BUY IT NOW - £4,500 Incl fees

Lot details

Registration No: 812 XVF
Frame No: 28541
Engine No: 29018
MOT: Exempt

  • A quality restoration
  • On the ASI historical register
  • Completed the London to Brighton ride 2022
  • V5 and ready to use on UK roads

The Lambretta model D Mk1 was first introduced in 1951 as a successor to the model C as a 125 cc scooter. It had a tubular frame and because the engine did not now have to support the 2 halves as the C did the engine could now move and had the addition of a torsion bar. This feature remained on all Lambrettas until 1958. The D also had springs enclosed in the front forks. The rear brake was rod operated and the gears used a single teleflex cable. The whole ride experience was much improved and the D was subsequently a very popular model. By the time of the Mk3 the rear brake was cable controlled, there was a fan on the flywheel forcing air onto the cylinder for improved engine cooling. The gear system now used 2 teleflex cables and there was a rear shock absorber on the rear end. With its larger 150 cc engine the mk3 is sometimes referred to as the sports model and was often used for trials and other races.

This example is an excellent example and has been completely professionally restored to the extremely strict level of quality required by the ASI historical register in Italy. On close examination the paint is unblemished and all over the machine we can see that careful attention has been paid to all aspects of the scooter. Needless to say that any parts that may have been required in the restoration would have been high quality Casa Lambretta parts and the scooter appears ‘as new’. Of note can see several attractive and useful accessories. Notably a very rare Elmer steering lock, Veglia MPH speedometer, Pittoti style passenger foot rests and helmet hook. The ‘butty box’ has its key. The tyres are the quality Continental whitewall version.

These later Mk3 D models are super little things to ride and surpassingly quick. The popularity of the open frame Lambrettas in Italy it is said was largely due to the feeling of freedom in the hot weather with the wind able to keep you cool. 812 XVF is as presentable of the most desirable version of a standard model D one can get. We have been told it has been through Vittorio Tessaras workshop and this is a rare opportunity

For more information, please contact:
Paul Diamond
07768 313001


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Auction: National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands, 12th Jul, 2023

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



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