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Old 13th July 2010, 20:35   #3181
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They were also built on a chassis with running gear and front panel supplied by KAL (Kerala Automobiles Ltd.) But I too doubt if they were anytime badged as Lambretta as this one. In fact this seems to be an LD mk3 badge fitted on.
The KAL 3 wheelers were if I am correct also advertised in Indian Auto (1987 or later because the first issue came out in 1987).Again if I can remember, these were fitted with the Greaves Cotton Lombardini diesels and not the Lambretta 175 cc petrol engine..
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Old 13th July 2010, 20:59   #3182
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A Lamby that came to my mechanic's place for restoration. It's been lying under the sun for long time.

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Old 13th July 2010, 22:41   #3183
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A Lamby that came to my mechanic's place for restoration. It's been lying under the sun for long time.

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That should be a 1970-74 model.To be more specific it should be a 1970-71 model.Come 1971, the fuel tap and the choke switches became black plasticky from the aluminium ones.And the glove box remained the original with rounded edges.By 1975 the glove box had flat Indianised surfaces.
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Old 13th July 2010, 22:48   #3184
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That should be a 1970-74 model.To be more specific it should be a 1970-71 model.Come 1971, the fuel tap and the choke switches became black plasticky from the aluminium ones.And the glove box remained the original with rounded edges.By 1975 the glove box had flat Indianised surfaces.
What about the horn casting, it came pear shaped after late 1961. This seems to have the early series 2 round horncasting.
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Old 13th July 2010, 22:55   #3185
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A Lamby that came to my mechanic's place for restoration. It's been lying under the sun for long time.
Chettan, this is not a Lamby by any means but a Lambretta (yes, they both are different! )
One can tell from the shape of the front mudguard, legshield and toolbox, more noticeably the horncast, which indicates its an early ('60-62) model. Although that could've been owner-fitted, and the scooter actually being a later model. But definitely it's a Lambretta.

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That should be a 1970-74 model.To be more specific it should be a 1970-71 model.Come 1971, the fuel tap and the choke switches became black plasticky from the aluminium ones.And the glove box remained the original with rounded edges.By 1975 the glove box had flat Indianised surfaces.
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What about the horn casting, it came pear shaped after late 1961. This seems to have the early series 2 round horncasting.
Exactly. It could've as well been an early model, the fuel and choke levers possibly been owner-fitted as replacements for the originals. But then, unless we know the regn. (that too if its the original one) it's difficult to tell in case of these scooters, as so many early ones had been "upgraded" to later specs mainly in order to increase the resale value those days.....and now its happening the other way round, with the 'classic' aspects becoming more popular!

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Old 14th July 2010, 09:19   #3186
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Seen this Rajdoot 175 rotting outside Sangameshwar Road Railway Station of Konkan Railway Division, near Ratnagiri when I was on my way to Mumbai after my exam is finished.
Unfortunately its a government vehicle with UP registration, so it will be in earth after few years.
(Sorry for the picture quality & sorry everyone that I haven't made those pics clockwise.)
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Old 14th July 2010, 19:48   #3187
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PILFERAGE: Only solution to such rotting gem. No kidding, atleast can be a donor vehicle. Now where is my spaceman-spiff mask & costume.

Raab Rakha.

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Old 19th July 2010, 15:37   #3188
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While clearing 'raddi' today I came across this photo in an old newspaper, Much more than RIP:
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Raab Rakha.
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Old 19th July 2010, 16:09   #3189
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That's a Gypcycle rikshaw.

Here is an ox pulling the FC cab of a truck. The missing engine affords a cute cubby hole for the driver. Keeps him out of the rain, while passengers ride in the weatherproof cab.

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They have become very rare these days. These were quite a common sight till the 1990's. Delhi, Chandigarh,Ahmedabad and many,many other cities had thousands of Lambretta autorickshaws. Pune since the earliest days was a Vespa/Bajaj city where it was nearly 95 % Vespa/Bajaj all the while.
The Lambretta 3 wheelers came as the truck-like chassis over which bodies were built for delivery vans, autorickshaws, pick ups and so on.The rear suspension had a dead axle with a small differential and leaf springs.The front wheel had a Lambretta scooter like suspension with a heavy duty look.
The engine was a two stroke, 4 speed, 175 cc unit.The engine was below the driver's seat (earlier Vespa/Bajaj 3 wheelers also had the same engine layout).It had a kick starter unlike the pull-rod start of the Vespa/Bajaj 3 wheelers.It was made by API, Bhandup,Mumbai and had minimal changes to its appearance and mechanicals till the very end of its innings.I am not aware if these were too branded as Lambys after the Innocenti-Lambretta badging was withdrawn from the API scooters in 1978.
Anjan they had a biggest draw back in them ,you know what? to replace its 100/- worth of clutch plates whole engine was to be dismantlled unlike BajaJ where only one side 3 nos bolts were to be removed and the clutch assembly was out ,it takes less then 1 hrs,whereas in Lambretta it used to take 1 full day just to replace a clutch plate , it was designed that way inspite of this Delhi till few years back had almost all population of autoricks of Lambrettas ,now it has been replaced by BAJAJ.
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Anjan they had a biggest draw back in them ,you know what? to replace its 100/- worth of clutch plates whole engine was to be dismantlled unlike BajaJ where only one side 3 nos bolts were to be removed and the clutch assembly was out ,it takes less then 1 hrs,whereas in Lambretta it used to take 1 full day just to replace a clutch plate , it was designed that way inspite of this Delhi till few years back had almost all population of autoricks of Lambrettas ,now it has been replaced by BAJAJ.
Thanks Iqbal for the feedback.I had seen many Delhi Lambretta 3 wheelers being relocated to Faridabad about a decade back after the pollution laws became stringent and the 15 year plus commercial vehicle scrapping law was applied.
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Thanks Iqbal for the feedback.I had seen many Delhi Lambretta 3 wheelers being relocated to Faridabad about a decade back after the pollution laws became stringent and the 15 year plus commercial vehicle scrapping law was applied.
ohh they are still very much there in faridabad, in good numbers, though now the numbers are diminishing and they are being replaced by rickshaws of many different makes, some that most of us wouldnt have even heard of.
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Here is one fiat 500 rotting away, infact it has gone to ground, the owner is reluctant to part with her, hoping one day a miracle is going to take place.


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Here is one fiat 500 rotting away, infact it has gone to ground, the owner is reluctant to part with her, hoping one day a miracle is going to take place.


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Great find Manish. BTW the owner is reluctant to part away there is hardly any part left to part away with it. Although the door can be salvaged from it.

EDIT: after a close look at the pics it seems even the door cannot be salvaged IMO

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Great find Manish. BTW the owner is reluctant to part away there is hardly any part left to part away with it. Although the door can be salvaged from it.

EDIT: after a close look at the pics it seems even the door cannot be salvaged IMO
In Jaipur they could rebuild cars from such a condition. Ofcourse it costs a lot of money, so the car should be from the upper end.Like a Mercedes from Lonavala.

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