Just back from a flying visit to the spiritual home of the Lambretta – Milano – and to be honest – I’m pretty zonked. So my full post on the event – which was magnificent – will have to be saved for another day. But I wanted to post some pics and information of the new machines from Lambretta that were unveiled yesterday. This is just a quick snapshot – with full details – and lots more images – of the scooters coming soon.
The G350 Special
First previewed back in 2019 at EICMA, The G350 (then designated the G325) was intended to sit at the top of the range, which then was just the 3 V Specials – in V50, V125 and V200 configurations. The G325 was originally due to be on the market by now – but then we had “the spanner in the works” that was Covid. It now looks like Lambretta will reach full production of the machine – now upgraded to a 350cc power unit by the end of this year. Long term readers of the blog might rember I predicted the 350 capacity back in July last year… just saying. Though clearly a modern machine, designed for today, there are clear styling cues in common with classic Lambretta models… full details will follow soon.
So, we’d had the the G350 previewed… but the real suprise in Milan yestereday was a completley new model, the X300. This is the start of a completely new model line for Lambretta. Another high-end, steel monocoque machine – but with even more radical styling than the G350. Now, voices of dissent are going to come from the radical traditionalist voices of the Lambretta community – but we are living in 2022 – not 1963! Again, a full report, with my full impressions of the machine to follow – but my first impressions are overwhelmingly positive. A stunning machine, which looks great from lots of different angles… and the quality of the fit and finish is immediately obvious.
I was lucky enough to attend the launch of TWO new Lambretta models yesterday evening – the previously teased G300 – and an even more powerful – and futuristic model the Lambretta X350 – I’m currently at Milano Linate airport awaiting my flight back to London Gatwick – so just a tease for now – full report of the event – and my first impressions of the machines coming soon!
Milan… famous for art, fashion, design… and to readers of this blog, for being the birthplace of the Lambretta. Every year, Milan holds an annual design week and… to coincide with that internationally renowned event there is some BIG news coming out of Milan tomorrow. BIG Lambretta related news. Stay tuned to the Lambrettista blog – as I will be there, on the spot in The Brera, Milan’s Design District – and will report back with news tomorrow. I don’t know about you… But I’m excited!
You know a scooter model has “arrived” when custom shops start modifying it! Almost sInce day one of the Lambretta – people have been customising them – this latest – and I’ve got to say totally fantastic looking – custom comes out of K-Speed – a custom bike shop in Bangkok Thailand – taking the aggressive lines and stance of V-Special as it’s base – and running with it. Excellent work chaps!
So – I’m probably going to get in trouble for this – but hey-ho… I’ve got a trusted “source” at Lambretta, and they’ve shared this image of the new forthcoming Lambretta model – tentatively called the “G-Special” for now – that will be in full production early next year. Pictured is the the final prototype frame for the G350 concept previously shown at EICMA 2019 as G325. It’s a solid steel “full-monocoque” frame/chassis – with – in the classic Lambretta tradition – fully removable steel side panels – (side panels not shown in this pic). Now, I know certain Lambrettisti that may criticize the monocoque approach – but its an approach Lambretta have used in previously – so there’s nothing inherently ‘non-Lambretta’ about a monocoque! The current V-Special has a semi-monocoque frame.
Clearly, a lot of thought and effort has gone into designing a ‘best of class’ modern scooter that still has Lambretta DNA. Lambretta are being very close-lipped about engine sizes – and after showing the G325 model at EICMA; 325cc was the expected capacity – but my source tells me the model is referred to internally as the “G350” – so I’m sure you can draw your own conclusions! A 350 from Lambretta would be a real beast – and bring Lambretta right back into dominance in the “Classic Modern Scooter” category… and who doesn’t want to see Lambretta back on top where they belong! It’s not all about speed and power though – there are also plans for a fully high-powered electric version of the G-Special in the pipeline.
Interesting times, and good to see that the Lambretta brand is still innovating well into the the 2020’s – with ambitious plans to take their scooters to the next level!
I feel privileged to post this image from my new online pal Steve Morris – of his Mum and Dad on their Lambretta. This photos captures a perfect instant of joy! Steve has a fantastic Lambretta collection that I’m going to post more about soon!
Not much to say about this pic – and I’m not exactly sure she is a WPC – or as my granny used to say a lady policeman… but that’s my best guess! Know more about this pic? Let me know in the comments and I’ll update the description.
Lambrettas were modified for sporting use – almost from day one. There are a few Racing D models out there – I featuredthis stunnerfrom Dan from Switzerland a while back.
Now, Racing D’s are pretty rare – but as you go back through the alphabet, the models get even rarer. The one featured here is 1951 Lambretta Model C 125 Racer – finished in the classic racing red!
She has all the bits you’d expect to see, such as:
Metal endurance petrol tank
Dropped handle bars trimmed down legshields
extended racing seat
Rear sets modified rear brake to suit both riding positions
A lovely piece of Lambretta racing history which has been “ridden in anger” many times, this scooter has featured in Italian magazines. It’s being sold by Parrspeed Scooters – a long established Lambretta specialist based in Chorley, Lancashire. They purchased the scooter from a private collector in Italy who had owned and raced her for many years. The scooter is now UK registered and comes with a new UK V5.