1957 Lambretta LD125/57
Frame no. 137965
Manufactured by the Italian industrial giant Innocenti, the Lambretta scooter gained instant acceptance in the immediate post-war years, its cleanliness and convenience in particular appealing to those who regarded the true motorcycle with suspicion. In the UK, Italian scooters were adopted as favoured transport by the 'Mods', becoming one of the enduring style icons of the 1960s. Predecessor of the Li and TV series, the LD arrived in 125cc form in 1951 and became available with a 150cc engine three years later. The LD 125's air-cooled two-stroke single-cylinder engine produced 4.8bhp giving the model a top speed of around 45mph. LD production continued until the end of the 1950s. The machine offered here is one of the restyled LD 125/57 models, though lacking its handlebar cowl. French registered but offered without documents, it currently displays a total of 18,380 kilometres (approximately 11,400 miles) on the odometer and is described as in generally good condition.