This 1967 Lambretta Li125 scooter, known as ‘The Special One’ was displayed in the Chelsea Museum at Stamford Bridge and is signed by many of the players of the 2004-2005 season and carries player portraits by artist Si Clark. It now comes to auction with H&H Classics on December 7th.
It will be of great interest to sports memorabilia, scooter, England and Chelsea Football collectors and would be a fantastic addition to a collection. A fully working and well maintained scooter, it is in very good condition with correct engine and chassis numbers.
In celebration of the first Chelsea FC league title in over 50 years and the League Cup, ’The Special one’ was created in 2005 to pay homage to the club and the players who made this dream come true for Chelsea fans.
The manager, players and owner and players were all painted onto the scooter by top mural artist Si Clark. There we can see portraits of Jose Mourinho, Roman Abramovich, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Petr Cech, Paulo Ferreira, John Terry, Joe Cole and several others and most of these players have actually signed the scooter.
It is sold with a photograph of the scooter signed by Roman Abramovich in July 2005, and an extensively signed Scootering Magazine article where the scooter appeared in a full feature in the December 2006 edition. Players who signed include Claude Makelele, Petr Cech, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Geremi amongst others. The scooter has been photographed separately with Didier Drogba (signed print) and Phil Daniels of Quadrophenia (also a Chelsea season ticket holder). All of this memorabilia will be supplied with the scooter at sale.
The overall cost of the scooters’ creation was extensive for the time and today it is a ‘priceless piece of memorabilia’ as written by the official Chelsea magazine itself. Art on wheels.
The scooter itself is in fantastic condition, is fully mechanically operational and has been fastidiously maintained with a service and MOT every year until recently. Based on a Lambretta Li125 ‘Special’ deliberately (the rear Special frame badge is original) she was treated to a full restoration by Medway scooters before the customisation artwork on the panels by mural artist Si Clark. The engine is uprated to 200cc and she has an uprated carburettor to match the performance.
The scooter did really have the full works and the extensive bill from Medway Scooters is included in the sale. This included: rebuilt engine, rebuilt forks, 12V electronic conversion, clubman exhaust, continental whitewall tyres, number plate, new cables, new wiring loom, full rubbers and seals, racing shock, and chromed crankcase, and chromed wheels and hubs.
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