1968 Lambretta Supertune SX200 Rallye SE
Registration no. XLU 3G
Frame no. 150LI3.734882
Engine no. ST200.2
One of very few original 1960s racing scooters still surviving, this Lambretta SX200 Rallye SE was built in 1968 to the personal specification of its current owner Ron Moss by legendary marque specialists, Supertune and is the very first of its kind.
In the mid-1960s there was a change from Mod culture to a more sporting inclination within the scootering fraternity. A small number of specialist tuning companies arose to cater for this emerging enthusiast market, at the forefront of which was Supertune, of Brighton Road, South Croydon. Supertune soon established a national reputation courtesy of their competition successes, which were regularly reported in Motorcycle Mechanics and the scootering magazines of the time. The firms distinctive paint scheme on the side panels would be copied by enthusiasts throughout the country and continues to be to this day.
Supertune sold many new Lambrettas tuned for the road and finished in their livery, but only one was ever built from scratch using spare parts, XLU 3G, which was featured in Scootering & Lightweights soon after completion (April 1969 edition, copies available). XLU 3G was built to compete in the standard class, which limited the permissible modifications, so Supertunes improvements were mainly confined to a mild porting job on the barrel/piston, the use of a thinner head gasket and re-jetting the carburettor.
Ron, who had started racing scooters in December 1966, did not have to wait long for his first win, which came at the London Area Scooter Clubs Association meeting at Mallory Park in March 1969. By the seasons end XLU 3G had many more victories to its credit, including a class win at the Lambretta Club GBs High Speed Trial at Cadwell Park, a Gold Medal in the Manx 400, an outright win at the Isle of Man Peel Hill Climb (King of the Hill) and the 200cc class win at the EMSAs Mallory Park 300 meeting.
After little more than a seasons use, XLU 3G was retired and replaced by a Lambretta GP when that model became available. Surplus to requirements, the machine remained in storage until late last year when it was exhumed and totally restored by Ron to as last raced condition. (It should be noted that, contrary to erroneous press reports, XLU 3G retains its original frame). After the restorations completion in January 2009, Rons historic Supertune Lambretta was featured in Scootering magazine (April 2009 edition, copies available).
Representing a rare opportunity to acquire an historic racing scooter, rebuilt and offered for sale by its original owner, XLU 3G comes with the aforementioned press cuttings, its original old-style logbook, Lambretta Club dating certificate, MoT to January 2010, Swansea V5C document and a full listing of its technical specification and details of restoration work carried out.