This isn’t an 80’s scoot. It was imported from India in 2008. But, for me, it’s got that 80’s feel about it. It’s the type of scoot I’d have wanted more than any other in the ’80s. An Arthur Francis Super S-Type. Built, and signed by Ray and Ben Kemp. In orange (ok, “Red candy over marigold”).
If you promised yourself one like this in the eighties, and you can afford one now, wtf is stopping you? Here’s the eBay link.
Super, according to the dictionary means; “anarticleofasuperiorquality,grade,size,etc.; verygood;first-rate;excellent.” This Super S-Type, for sale on eBay, is Super. Perhaps even Super-Dooper.
There are a ton of Lammies for sale on eBay, but I only post the ones that really float my boat. This one does, in spades. A proper ’80s style S-Type GP complete with glitter-flake paint. Perhaps it’s the sad demise of funkster Prince has got me in a purple mood. Whatever it is, this scoot has all the relevant AF Rayspeed invoices including initial invoice detailing all work done to convert to a Super S-Type. It’s even got Ray Kemp’s signature, on the spare wheel. If you’ve always had a yen for an S-Type, Here’s the link on eBay
Just another S-Type pic I stumbled upon on the web somewhere. I’ve done an image search, but I can’t find anything more about this scoot, but just from the little details you can pick out you know it’s a stunner. The trimmed headlight peak, the balloon grips, the candy striped leg shield trim… all hint to a cracker of a scoot. If it’s yours… I’d love to feature it on the blog.
It’s been a long time ambition of mine to own, and ride, an AF S-Type, or a faithful replica of one. Seen by many Lambrettisi as the pinnacle of what you can do with the Lambretta, I think they are pretty much the perfect balance between performance, reliability and style. I’ve even got my colour scheme and sticker placement already planned out. But there’s a couple of points I’m unsure about. Would I have two pathfinders, or just the one? I’ve always thought two… but this scoot looks so right with just the one. And would I have an inline spare wheel carrier, or tuck it behind the ledshields? Decisions, decisions. Well, as I’m potless at the moment, these vital choices can wait. For now. But when I get that windfall… there are tough choices to be made!
UPDATE: Stefan has been in touch with a few more details about his pride and joy. But first I’ll fill you techy types in on what’s under the panels. The engine is a TS1 225, with a Mikuni TMX 35mm carb and Taffspeed road pipe. A front hydraulic disc, Raydot foglight and Smith speedometer and Ancilotti seat all give it the authentic AF Rayspeed look. But putting together a UK ‘dealer special’ replica in Germany wasn’t all plane sailing, an iIt’s the little details that caused Stefan the biggest problems. On a scoot like this is all about getting the details right… the rubber for the Raydot took some tracking down, and he had to persuade the guy who’d commissioned 100 “225” badges just to get three for his one scoot to let him buy some! Still, it has all come together to produce a first class machine. Nice work!