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.
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.
Found this great looking unrestored 1960 LI online… I wish I’d found it in a barn! It’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.
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.
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.
The second is an equally eye-catching National Benzole themed Lambretta/Serveta Eibar Jet200. Full out more on eBay, here.
The 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.
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.
A clutch of nice scoots on eBay…
A nice TV 175 in white, currently at £3,400