Designed by Nuccio Bertone
1969 Lambretta 125DL
Frame no. 22/1 001635
Engine no. 125LiS 001758
Nuccio Bertone was called upon by Innocenti to work on the proposed DL/GP range, an update of the highly successful Li and SX ranges. The result echoed some of the dealer supplied competition specials of the period with slimmer leg shields and a shorter headstock. In brief it was a superb looking modern machine that met with instant approval.
The DL/GP 125 was introduced in January of 1969 and made an immediate impression with the demanding British sportsman by winning at the Isle of Man scooter week. Scooter World stated "...it was neither seen nor sold in Britain until the Manx Rally of 1968, when it showed its paces in no uncertain manner and romped to victory with shattering performance and handling".
The example presented here is from the first year of production and is finished in turquoise - Bertone had specified that all DLs were to be a single color. The motor has been adapted to a more powerful 175cc and an external damper - as seen on the 200DL - has been added for greater handling. Badged as a DL and therefore a European model and not a Grand Prix edition as they were badged for Great Britain, it features the famous 'ink splat' sticker, the emblem derived from when Bertone threw his pen onto the design drawing.
This Italian thoroughbred is both stylish and economical - above all though it is the greatest fun to ride.