Sammy Davis Junior. On a Lambretta.

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Just Sammy Davis Junior. On a Lambretta. But sometimes that’s all you need. Trying to collect the set. Somewhere in London by the look of it. Nicked from this blog.

’58 Combo

Bill form Michigan, USA kindly sent me some pics of his 1959 LI150 sidecar combination. Rather cool little set up! The pics of the garage where this little beauty lives also contain a couple of jags (and E-types and an XJS) and assorted Harleys and other motorcycles… lucky man.   FullSizeRender FullSizeRender FullSizeRender FullSizeRender

Regular readers may have noticed that I haven’t been posting so much, I’m afraid life has been getting in the way a little. My passion for the Lambretta is undiminished, and I’ll be back posting as much as I can, as soon as I can.

Barn Find LI

BarnFindLIFound this great looking unrestored 1960 LI online… I wish I’d found it in a barn! BarnFindLI-2BarnFindLI-1It’s up for auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire on the 15th of April, with a guide price of £1,000 – £1,500 (which seems about right). It would benefit from a sensitive, “conserved restoration”. It comes with some nice original period accessories… and you can use that white top box to keep some bits in, in your garage. Or bin it. If you’re interested, you can find out more here.

“Been modified”

ChoppedMiniLambretta-1 That’s the seller notes in the eBay description. Two words. “Been modified”. You could say that! And in the description: “BEEN MADE A LOT SMALLER THAN A STANDARD LI150” You could say that! This would be a fun novelty scooter to have a part of a Lambretta  collection.

Here's the eBay link.

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Here's that link again.

A couple of ‘road racers’…

A couple of nicely done road racers caught my eye on that well known internet auction site…
The first is a rather tasty Martini/Shell themed LI 150. Find out more on eBay, here.

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Find out more on eBay, here.

The second is an equally eye-catching National Benzole themed Lambretta/Serveta Eibar Jet200. Full out more on eBay, here.
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Here’s that eBay link again.

Quadrophenia LI150 fetches £36,000

ImageThe film Quadrophenia was a life changing movie for me, and many others. I can’t believe many people reading this blog would not have seen it, so I won’t bang on about it.

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One of the iconic scooters in the film was Jimmy’s LI150 Lambretta… customised in full mod style (the other of course, being the Ace Face’s Vespa GS). 

After filming finished, the ‘Jimmy Bike’ was sold to scooter dealers Rafferty Newman and put on display in the window of their shop in Portsmouth. It was later sold and used on the road, before being left to rot in the garden of a quiet suburb. In 1995, it was rescued and restored to it’s original glory. And, although it’s not my cup of tea, it epitomises many people’s idea of the classic mod Lambretta.

So much so, it has become a pop cultural icon in it’s own right. And, as the headline revealed, it sold recently at auction, at Bonhams for an eye-watering £36k.

Lambretta’s – The best of the bay

A clutch of nice scoots on eBay…

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A nice TV 175 in white,  currently at £3,400

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And another one in blue and white… currently at £3,700. 

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A nice Italian DL (GP) in turquoise…  classified price £3,750

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A bit more affordable… this nicely original Series II… ride away for £3,000 

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Going back in time slightly further, an electric start LD 150… starting at £1,800. 

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and right back… to almost the birth of the Lambretta, a Model D… these don’t come up too often…  classified ad price £4,7500.

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If you’re after something slightly different, how about this lovely skinhead style skelly… tons of original style accessories, and it’s got most the original panels and bodywork, if you want to turn it back to a full framed scoot. Buy it now for £2,300 

A bit of a disclaimer… I don’t know any of these scooters – or sellers, I’m not making a penny from these, and I can’t vouch for the originality, legality, performance or anything else about these scoots. They just look good to me. I’m going to write a post on the best places to buy a scooter, other than eBay, so watch this space. And if you’re thinking of buying a Lambretta, it’s definitely worth checking out the buyers guide on the Lambretta Cub of Great Britain’s website