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This was one of the most gratifying restorations we ever did. Tim's father bought this scooter when he was stationed in Europe for the military. Upon his return home he was offered free shipping of any personal belongings through the US Postal Service, but with a catch - there were maximum size restrictions on what he could bring - and he didn't want to leave his beloved scooter behind. So, he did what any sane Lambretta owner would do - he took his scooter apart, cut the frame up in little pieces, and put all the pieces in a bunch of boxes for shipping. After arriving home to the USA he had the frame welded back together, and then it sat unassembled for many years. You can see the welds in some of the detail shots above.
When Tim shipped it to us for the restoration, we were amazed at the quality of the welds and the care that was taken to make sure that everything was put back together as closely as possible to the original alignment. Even the small amount of material that is removed by a 1/16" thick saw blade can be enough to cause some body parts not to fit correctly, but other than a very slight problem with the bridge piece, everything went back together like a factory new bike.
The engine is the box stock 125cc unit and it runs like a dream. The scooter was 99% complete and original, and because of this it was actually a fairly easy project to restore. Being one of the very first Li's ever made, it has a few rare features, including of course the 'frame breather' air intake system, screw-in rather than plug-in wiring terminals, a plain tube type tailpipe rather than the later 'topedo' type, and side panel handles which are held on tiny 4mm headless set screws like LD's rather than the later ones which used 6mm oval head countersunk screws.
Tim says that the scooter will stay mostly on display at his home, with occasional trips through the neighborhood or to the corner market just to keep it fresh - and if you ask he'll say "no, sorry - it's not for sale!"
Congratulations Tim for being the proud owner of a beautiful scooter with a unique story behind it!
Owner: Tim White Scoot Club: None Model: Li125 Frame Modifications: It was cut up in little pieces and welded back together! Engine Modifications: None, box stock Carburation: Stock MA18BS5 with 'frame breather' air intake Exhaust System: Tutto Lambretta stock replacement Special Parts / Unique Details: Unusual spare wheel holder, speedometer blanking plate Time to Build: 14 months Top / Cruising Speed: 45mph / 40mph Paint By: Guido at Rocket Imports Plating By: Astro Plating in Los Angeles Total Cost: ~$7500 Anything You'd Like to Add
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