Sunday, 28 November 2010

One 1963 Innocenti Lambretta Li 125cc

My thanks to Giulio from Armandos, who delivered my project for me and this is how it arrived. I'm sure you are remembering that day or looking forward to the one when yours turns up to your door.

I am a big believer that Lambretta scooters should be preserved. That means trying to leave them as they came out of the factory as much as possible. A Lambretta can only be original once and it seems to me to be a shame to take one apart and paint it when it really only needs to be cleaned up and enjoyed.

This scooter has gone beyond that stage unfortunately. There is no way a little TLC would see this back to a roadworthy condition. For this scooter, a second lease of life means taking it apart. Every nut and bolt. Cleaned, blasted, prepped, painted and any damaged parts replaced or refurbished.

First appearances are a little frightening, but that is only a very thin layer of surface rust. All the panels are there and most of the scooter appears to be pretty solid. Certainly, the frame is in good condition under all those years of grime.

The original colour is going to be retained, we can source the paint from suppliers, who even today, provide the exact same paints as were provided for the Innocenti factory when these scooters were rolling off the production line. I will describe how to find the colour of YOUR scooter and how to get it later.

Hopefully, next time we see this Lambretta with all it's panels on etc, it will be just as it was, the day it left the factory. Here is a last look at a scooter that represents one of the most popular models Innocenti ever made.

Choosing your Lambretta

This blog, being about restoring Lambretta scooters, assumes you have already made a purchase or are considering doing so. If you are still considering buying, you will find a good source of help with your decisions here:

Within the LCGB web site, you will find advice on buying, authenticating and registering your Lambretta. Some of these points, we will touch on later for those attempting a restoration, or dealing with an imported Lambretta  for the first time.

By joining the LCGB and getting to know a few local dealers, you can get advice on any aspect of Lambretta work and running. One thing you should not be put off by, is the first appearance of any scooter you are considering buying. If you can find a fairly straight and complete Lambretta, the condition is almost unimportant (within reason). If you are unsure, get advice or even better, take someone with you before you part with your money.

The majority of the work required to strip down and re-build a Lambretta can be carried out at home, although there are a few jobs we will cover later that require specialist tools. What standard you build your Lambretta to is up to you and of course, your budget. Even if you are carrying out a small amount of work yourself to ensure your Lambretta is safe and legal, this blog should certainly help.

I will list every tool, every nut and bolt and each step of the process required to take the donor Lambretta apart and put it all back together again properly. A full summary will appear at the end of the project. I hope you enjoy it as much as i am looking forward to it.

Paul Slack

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

About this blog...

This blog is provided to assist those who need help with any aspect of Lambretta restoration if you are already an owner or considering a project for the future.

If you are new to Lambretta restoration, this blog should be a great reference point for you. If you have done the job before, or are very experienced, you are always welcome to bring forward your ideas or suggestions as we go along.

As webmaster for the Lambretta Club of Great Britain, I also urge those who are not already members, to join the LCGB. The source of information is invaluable and not only will you find like-minded enthusiasts or events to attend, you will also benefit from Insurance discounts, Lambretta Authentications, discounted entry to selected events and much more.


The contents of this blog will be published FIRST in the LCGB's "Jetset" Magazine. A members only publication. Following these publications, a more in-depth version will be published here on the blog as an archive record of the restoration projects.

Any tips, advice or comments on these projects are more than welcome.

Paul Slack