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Old 10th June 2010, 19:23   #1
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Default 3 recent acquisitions - A Lambretta & 2 Vespas. Update: restoration of 1973 Lambretta

Hi,

Was in Lucknow for the weekend , and picked up these 3 scoots , all 3 will be restored to the best of my efforts!

1 Lambertta 1973 model
2 Vespa 1965
3 Vespa 1968

Comments and suggestions are always welcome

Salman
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Congrats on your purchases . What you intend to do with them? Collection or riding around in the city to recollect some old days?

I have a doubt in my mind. In delhi i believe that vehicles older than 15 years are not permitted legally. Am I right? Wont it cause problem if you drive around your scooters? Do they fall in vintage category? What are you doing about transfer of registration? You wont be able to get it registered in Delhi.

Nevertheless, It seems like you have quite a work at your hand. All the scooters need painting job. Whats the condition of tyres? One of them (Is it Lambretta?) which needs seats. Try to keep the parts as close to original as possible. Being in delhi you can try in Mayapuri if you dont get new parts.

Post pics of the restoration work.
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Congratulations on your new acquisitions.

All the best for your restorations, and please post photo's as things lined up.

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Wow.. 3 nice cute "babies" to get some pampering!!!
BTW.. Just heard, Vespa making a comeback to India
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Good buy salman. Congratulations!! these Italian beauties is much in demand now-a-days. As per the pics posted they look they are not used for couple of years. Looks these scooters need a through restoration work. Do refere to Sidman, Ilango, Stanher for your guidance they do a great job and soon you will find them here as they can't resist these beauties. All The Best Of Luck.
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Finally , Some updates !

The restoration of the lambretta has started , this will be a complete grounds up job . I have procured all the required parts and the scooter has been sent for paint/rust removal as of today.

WIP photos are attached will update more soon Stay Tuned
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Excellent my friend, one at a time will give you enough time to dedicate, energy to source parts and other things and most valuble things are yet to come, soon you will find our old good smartans (Sanher, Manishalive, Ilango, hillram and lot others) pooling in their precious suggestions to this thread. All the very best my friend and thanks for saving these precious gems.
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Looking forward to seeing these well-used work horses come back to life Salman Always a pleasure seeing more scooters saved from the scrap merchant

As a general point of interest, anyone know why Indian Vespas of a certain era had the speedo raised so high above the headset as shown in Salman's pictures?

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Nice purchases done at Lucknow.You have a tough job ahead with restorations of these Italian beauties.Good luck.
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Pre 62 scooters had flat and oval shaped VEGLIA speedo meters which were seated within the given space in the handle but post 62/63 these scooters started coming with the round meter which were not fit to the slot in the handle they were high above the handle so they constructed that shape as told by a veteran scooter mechanic. I am surprised to know that these were only with Indian scooters.
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Thanks Chanu - I've never seen this on any other country's Vespa variants, but have seen it on Indian vespas before. I wonder why the speedo was changed from a neat item that fitted the headset to a different shape needing a complete new housing?

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Pre 62 scooters had flat and oval shaped VEGLIA speedo meters which were seated within the given space in the handle but post 62/63 these scooters started coming with the round meter which were not fit to the slot in the handle they were high above the handle so they constructed that shape as told by a veteran scooter mechanic. I am surprised to know that these were only with Indian scooters.
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Thanks Chanu - I've never seen this on any other country's Vespa variants, but have seen it on Indian vespas before. I wonder why the speedo was changed from a neat item that fitted the headset to a different shape needing a complete new housing?

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Cost was probably the key concern. The original Piaggio Veglia units no doubt looked great, but were imported from Italy. By 62, gradually more and more parts on the Vespa were being localised by Bajaj, who built them under liscence. The local meter (made by Yenkay) bore a Bajaj logo too, and was a small round item. An adapter was fabricated to accomodate this round meter into an ovoid housing. By around 66 the handle bar design itself was changed to more neatly integrate the small meter.

Here is a very original (down to paint and rubber) 1960 Vespa.

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Here is my 1963 Vespa, also with original paint.

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Here is a 1965 Vespa (which I have since sold) showing the meter clearer.

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Aahaa so finally the restoration saga kick started. I would be following this thread religiously after all the scoots are our city's pride. Salman bhai do share your plans regarding the paint scheme including the pattern, brand et al.
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I am thinking of Auckland Brown along with the Lambretta White/off white combo . Suggestions are very welcome!
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Thanks for the explanation and photos regards the speedos Karlosdeville - it all makes sense now

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