1965 Lambretta Li 150 'Golden Special'
Lot 284
1965 Lambretta Li 150S Golden Special Frame no. 150 Li S 253475 Engine no. 150 Li 778744
Sold for £2,990 (US$ 4,882) inc. premium

Lot Details
1965 Lambretta Li 150 'Golden Special' 1965 Lambretta Li 150 'Golden Special' 1965 Lambretta Li 150 'Golden Special' 1965 Lambretta Li 150 'Golden Special' 1965 Lambretta Li 150 'Golden Special'
1965 Lambretta Li 150S Golden Special
Registration no. TEU 121C
Frame no. 150 Li S 253475
Engine no. 150 Li 778744
The introduction of the Lambretta 'Li' range in 1958 proved to be that of Innocenti's final, but most enduring, style. Developed in successive series over some years, the Li 'Lambo' is still one of the most recognized examples of product design in the two-wheeler world, famous to generations of scooter enthusiasts, still produced in India, and still in great demand.
The Li Series 2 'Slimline' succeeded the original in 1962 and the elegantly-restyled '150 Special' debuted at Milan in 1963. The tuned engine and close-ratio gearbox made for a faster – 95kmh – machine with much-improved acceleration. A limited number in metallic gold were produced as the 'Golden Special', as in this example, the final model, produced for little more than a year. Naturally, its rarity has led to many ordinary Li models being turned into 'Golden' copies by the addition of paint and badges, before being sold to unsuspecting buyers.

TEU 121C is original and un-restored, its gold paintwork faded but authentic, the mechanics unaltered. Imported to the UK in 1995, the machine has been in the hands of Bonhams Bob Cordon Champ – now 'outed' as a closet scooter fan - since 2000, given a new green seat cover and running well.

Available for the enthusiast to restore or conserve, this genuine 'Golden Special' comes with keys, V5C, old MOT certificates and tax discs, articles, the original tool-kit and a BMS Handbook.

Saleroom notices

  • The machine offered with a full 12 months MOT, ridden to and from test station.
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