Lambretta emerged from post World War II Italy, in 1947 with a line of scooters built around tubular frames. The scooters became popular with the British Mod scene in 1960s. If you are planning to buy a Lambretta, then you should consider the fact that most Lambretta scooters are getting to be at least 30 years old. The condition of each perspective purchase should be examined carefully. The Lambretta scooters are robust machines and can’t be made to run with little effort. A good research before you go and buy your Lambretta is necessary when looking over a perspective purchase. Here is a general list of Lambretta scooters that you can buy to keep it as an asset.
The LIs are solid when it comes to construction and were also the pioneers which made this particular scooter design popular later on
The Lambretta LI came in two motor displacements, 125 and 150 cc. The cowls on the LI were long and curvy with tasteful large art-deco style badges on the bottom front of the panels. The scooter got aerodynamic styled levers at the back. The scooter is styled with a small Lambretta badge and model designation badge on the legshield. The headset house a round design speedometer, kill switch, light switch and fork lock. The motor design is built around a horizontal axis, which allows the motor to be mounted lower in the frame thus freeing space for fuel tank and glove box. The LIs are solidly constructed and well designed scooters, though their construction is heavy which affects its speed but still the scooters are best described as cruisers for short trips.
The headlight on the front of the handle bar made vision more clear and also made it a standard feature in later generation scooters
The most notable feature in Lambretta TV 175 Series II was its headlight, which was moved from the fixed position on the front horncasting, up to the front of the handlebars. This enabled the headlight to move with the steering of the scooter. This was not only a safety improvement, but it also helped to create an aesthetic harmony on the scooter. The speedometer retained its earlier round shape, but was sunken into the top of the bars. The Badging was the same, a long "art deco" style Lambretta and TV175 badge on each side-panel, and a small Lambretta badge and model designation badge on the legshield. There was also an Innocenti shield in the center of the horncasting. The Series II 175 came with a dual saddle seat as standard.
The Lambretta TV 200 sported a larger and more powerful 200 cc engine.
The TV 200 was a breakthrough scooter originally designed to fill the needs of the sporting and racing oriented British market. The scooter's front mudguard and horncasting are more angular and the headset housed a keyed ignition/light switch. The TV200 sported a larger and more powerful, 200 cc motor. The gearbox on the 200 was set up with taller gears, which were suited for high speed touring. The Lambretta TV 200 was the top of the line scooter in its day and naturally, it becomes very valuable.
The fastest Lambretta made which can run at 70 miles per hour.
The Lambretta GP/DL models were first produced in Italy at the beginning of 1969 and were badged as the "De Luxe," and "Grand Prix" for export markets. The Lambretta GP got different style designing by the famous Bertone design studio. The GP had a square headlight, shorter forks, a smaller mudguard and cut-down legshields. The cowls were smooth, with plastic faux air vents added to the sides. Few electronic ignition models were also produced with slightly different seat. The legshields themselves were shorter and narrower that made the entire scooter appear shorter. There were many small alterations which added up to a striking new look of the Lambretta Gran prix. The changes made in the motor made it the fastest Lambretta, which can run at 70 miles per hour. The Italian-built GP 200's also came with dampeners and disc brakes, and some of the very last models were even fitted with electronic ignitions.
The J-range models were designed to be small and lightweight.
The Cento (100 cc) also known as Junior, or J-range models, were designed to be small and lightweight. This was thought to appeal to women as earlier scooters were too heavy and hard to kickstart. With the J-range, Innocenti was also aiming for a budget market in Europe which was hungry for a no-frills, reasonably priced scooter. The J-range bikes are markedly different from any other Lambretta model. The frame on these models was solid pressed steel which was welded together from several pieces. The J-range had built-in leg shields much like a Vespa and unlike the bolted-on leg shields of the other Lambrettas. The whole scooter was physically much smaller than the other Lambretta models.