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Old 21st September 2015, 12:01   #556
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Dear Ilango Sir,

Very nice to see this mod! The only area where the old two wheelers fell behind compared to new ones is good lighting. Time and again I have felt this riding my RX on dark and poor roads.

I thought several times to upgrade to full DC but was not very confident. After seeing the results of your mod, I am inspired to give it a try.

My father had a green Vijai Super, MEN 5784. I would wait for him to come home from work, hop on the scooter and go for a short ride around the neighbourhood. Of course, standing in front meant unrestricted access to the horn button

Hope I can get hold of one some day.

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Hello Friends, I have been owning a Lamby 150 (1984) Mumbai registered scooter for a few years. Due to work and neglect, it lay idle. Last weekend, with my mechanic's help, I was able to bring life to my beloved scooter. It runs like a dream.

I would like your help in finding some few parts, viz. 1) Tail Lamp 2) Front brake cam 3) Air Filter 4) Fuel tap 5) Choke Cable 6) Lamp 150 monogram (leg shield and side panels)

Any help on this would be appreciated. I am ready to bear courier expenses if you are willing to ship.

Thanks a ton, guys!
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Hello Friends, I have been owning a Lamby 150 (1984) Mumbai

I would like your help in finding some few parts, viz. 1) Tail Lamp 2) Front brake cam 3) Air Filter 4) Fuel tap 5) Choke Cable 6) Lamp 150 monogram (leg shield and side panels)

Any help on this would be appreciated.
Nearly all - if not all - the above parts should be available online on eBay UK if you spend some time trawling. All except the monograms are common to the Lambretta li150. Side panel monograms (the wing ones I presume ) may be relatively hard to find though!

Good luck!
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Anybody having an invoice (bill or quotation) quoting the price of a 1967-68 Lambretta Li 150 scooter ?

If so, I would be thankful if I am able to get a copy for road tax purpose in Maharashtra, India.
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A beautifully restored Lamby 150 at Nagpur. The attention to detail is awesome. A look and one instantly gets the feel that the restorer and the owner have a very good understanding of Lambrettas and an eye for the beautiful.

In fact, this shade (exactly the combo of saffron and smoky white) was a popular colour during 1970-71 for the Lambretta Li 150 Series II. Those days, the scooters (orders were booked about seven to eight years earlier) used to reach the dealer in batches, as per the monthly quota allocated to a particular dealer. All scooters in a batch used to be of the same colour. There was no colour choice for the buyer. In case the buyer did not like the colour, he or she would skip the delivery schedule and take a chance to get a good colour in the next batch. For the Vespas and Bajajs 150, it was the same scenario. By the late 1970's some batches of Bajajs and Lambys started receiving multiple colours affording a colour choice to the buyers.

The huge waiting lists for Lambrettas dissappeared by 1977, while for the Bajaj Cub/ 150 and Chetak the lists dissappeared but only by 1989.

The colour choice was available only for four wheelers and for the two wheelers that did not attract huge waiting lists like Jawas (black, maroon, ash grey and bottle green - black was common and other shades were rare), Rajdoots (black and a very few other shades came from time to time), Bullets (only black was available) Vicky moped (many shades were available in two tones), Pearl Yamaha (light green only and choice of black later on but two tones mostly) and other brands. The earliest Pearl Yamahas of 65 cc were in green and no two tones were available.

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Some of the Lambrettas on display at the CIVAA Republic Day Vintage and Classic car and bike display on 26/01/2016 at the Bishop Cotton School Ground, Nagpur.

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Some more Lambrettas from the 2013 and 2014 Cent Ind Vintage Automotive Association (CIVAA), Nagpur, displays and rallies:

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Below: 1967 January Lambretta Li 150 thhat is still with the first owner's family. The paint is original except for some touch up jobs. It is quite original and retains the original Italian speedo. My Dad had one owned with registration number MHN 7272 (January 1967 registered) of a similar sea green shade. For a brief period 1965-67 (end of 1967) Lambrettas came in a single shade. The two tones were done away with during this period. Though very few such original examples survive till this day, this period is among the most forgotten in the API history. We rarely see any restorations with a single shade these days, even though the example may be from this era. It started with a full white shade, followed by ash grey, smoky white, bright brick red, sea green (this one) in this sequence and a few more shades. From early 1968, the two tones were back. The Italian Innocenti speedo gave way to a not so nicely finished white dialled plastic speedo. The black dialled Yenkays came sometime in mid 1968. The deterioration of quality too started from mid 1968 , as many Italian spares were indigenised, but the quality took a beating.

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A Lamby under restoration in Namma Bengaluru. This belongs to a friend and is a WIP. He is expecting a few parts in the coming days to complete this project.

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A Lamby under restoration in Namma Bengaluru. This belongs to a friend and is a WIP. He is expecting a few parts in the coming days to complete this project.
Looks nice! Note: This is not a "Lamby" but a Lambretta Li150. This model with the "centre headlight" was known as the Series 1, made only for a year (1959).
The Lamby 150 was a different model altogether, and made a couple of decades later by API (Automobile Products of India).
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It is quite original and retains the original Italian speedo.
From early 1968, the two tones were back. The Italian Innocenti speedo gave way to a not so nicely finished white dialled plastic speedo. The black dialled Yenkays came sometime in mid 1968. The deterioration of quality too started from mid 1968 , as many Italian spares were indigenised, but the quality took a beating.
Although that is identical to the Italian s2 speedo, that it came on a '67 s2 Li raises doubts as the s2 Li150 was no longer produced in Italy at this time- they in fact got replaced by the slimstyle s3 (which never came to India) in 1962 itself. Maybe API were making these speedos (licence-built?) upto '67/68?
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Hi Fellow Lambretta-ites. I am overhauling the engine of my Li 150 and was told that I would need to replace the original block which is already 4 oversize. Any idea where to procure a new Block which is reliable? I am a little averse to using these Delhi Blocks which are available a plenty on Ebay. Also I am told that it not advisable to sleeve a Two stroke engine block as the performance suffers. Any experience of anyone having done it. regards the mole
Go to a good turner,ask him to fix a sleeve of STD size,,these sleeves out last,you will be again with a brand new block.

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Here we go..I have tried to upload these files as per list,still goofed up little bit.Hope you people will understand which document is called what!
Enjoy the 1972 original Lambretta documents now without much writeup!

1_Allocation Inland letter:
The External Side of Inland Letter.How many of you still remember the Inland letter in days of email now?
2_Allocation Inland letter_Inside : Joy for owner.Got a new Lambretta!
3_Marketing: Marketing gimmick!! Get one more scooter by being in queue! "Take delivery of this scooter and register for another one"
4_Original receipt:The precious one!
5_Invoice:Whoosh!! Now scooter will be mine!
6_Temporary receipt: Not allocated permanently yet!
7_PreDeliveryInspectionForm:I loved this,BHPians,the process existed in our father's era as well
8_Delivery Note:On the road finally.
9_Accessories Price list:Check the price of accessories,Do you get bike stickers even at this price now?
10_Registration and Tax Receipts:Valuables for generations to come
11_Tax receipt:One more document
12_PUC after 20 years:Now the actual awareness started!
I had a Bajaj scooter work shop in the year 1972 and I distinctively remember paying 5/-to the signboard painter to paint no.plates.ie.2.50 np each no.plate
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Although that is identical to the Italian s2 speedo, that it came on a '67 s2 Li raises doubts as the s2 Li150 was no longer produced in Italy at this time- they in fact got replaced by the slimstyle s3 (which never came to India) in 1962 itself. Maybe API were making these speedos (licence-built?) upto '67/68?
As far as I remember (as dad was a dealer), the white speedos were from Yenkay, and they were replaced with black background speedos by Pricol sometime in early 70s.

I learnt scooter riding on a 1967 model Lambretta that had a white Yenkay speedo, and in 1983 I bought a Lamby that had a Pricol speedo.
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Although that is identical to the Italian s2 speedo, that it came on a '67 s2 Li raises doubts as the s2 Li150 was no longer produced in Italy at this time- they in fact got replaced by the slimstyle s3 (which never came to India) in 1962 itself. Maybe API were making these speedos (licence-built?) upto '67/68?
No, the ones fitted were not made in India. It was of the same quality as earlier Lambrettas till late 1967. We had one with us from January 1967 till December 1971. This 1967 Lambretta had quite a few Italian spares. It is quite possible that API could have stocked a lot of imported spares in its inventory, that lasted till 1967.

The stop gap between the Italian made speedos and the black dialled Yenkay sometime in late 1967, was a crude, white dialled replica of the Italian white dialled speedo. It could be distinctly made out that this is not imported due to its fit and finish. A few batches of Lambrettas came with such an Indian made white dialled speedo (our neighbour had one), roughly for a few months, after which the black dialled Yenkay became a permanent fixture till 1978 when the Lamby came along.

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