As it’s the weekend, I’m bringing you a little bit of art for your delectation. This fantastic gouache painting, entitled ‘scooter ride’ is by Els Vliegar, an Illustrator and surface designer from the Netherlands. You can check out more of her work on her site, here.
Expect to see more Lambretta art on the blog soon!
The image is copyright, and used by kind permission of Els.
This would make a nice little addition to your LD or D Lambretta… An original NOS (New Old Stock) Fuel Gauge. It’s in fantastic condition and even comes in its original box – a thing of beauty in its own right. Available on eBay, here.
I got sent a link from Olivier in Toulouse about these fabulous aluminium and resin models based on scooters from “the golden age”. The models are going to be produced in a limited series soon, through Ulele, a European crowdfunding site.
I get sent a few things like this… scooter related ‘merch’, and to be honest, a lot of it is pretty poor. I think these are great though… Olivier has managed to convey the essence of each scooter in the minimum number of elements; really, really cool.
As well as LD, (probably still the most popular Lambretta in France), and a Vespa, there is a rather lovely Peugeot. The models aren’t cheap, but, as ever, you get what you pay for. They’d make a great present for anyone who loves their classic scoots.
There’s a lovely LD over on eBay in in unmolested ‘time warp’ condition.
The following is from the sellers eBay description, so as ever, ‘buyer beware’, but IMHO there are rarely such ‘honest’ looking scooters, and the pics all tally with the description… One family (husband and wife) owner from new (Jan 1957) . This Mk1 model LD150 saw many a Lambretta club meeting and event during its road going life back in the late fifties. The owners were based in Southend and members of their local club “The South East Essex Sea Urchins”. The original club pennant and badge on the badge bar are testament to this, and a lovely original touch, as are flyscreen and other original period accessories, all present and correct. The Scooter at some point was stripped completely and “customised” in Primrose yellow and many items were rechromed.
The scoot has been laid up since 1970 – it still retains it’s final MOT certificate and 1969 tax disc (also present is the all important buff log book).
£5k still seems a lot of money to me for an LD, but scooter prices are heading ever higher, and this does look like a very nice example so it’s probably about right. Since it’s redeiscovery, it has had a detailed conservation and many weeks carefully cleaning, fettling and preserving by Revival Scooters, and is now available for you to purchase.
Don’t know much about this pic, just one I ‘discovered on Facebook. (If you haven’t popped over to the Facebook page yet, it’s here…). Both owner and dog look happy… and why wouldn’t they! The gingham curtains are a nice touch!
I’ve been following Hugo’s blog for a while now, he has set himself the task of producing a fresh new drawing every day and posting it on his blog… something he’s been doing for over three years now. His watercolour sketches have a wonderful combination of “looseness” and accuracy. In a recent visit to MuVIM ( Valencian Museum of Enlightenment & Modernity – now theres a title!), he sketched the Lambretta Model D, and LD on display, along with two Spanish bikes. I don’t know about you, but I think he has really caught the essence of the machines! To cap it all I even got a mention in his blog, which made my day! Check out the original post here, and his blog here.