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Useful info about the History of the Lambretta

In 1922, Ferdinando Innocenti of Pescia built a steel-tubing factory in Rome. In 1931, he took this company to Milan where he built a better factory producing seamless steel tubing and employing about 6,000. During the Second World War, the factory was heavily bombed and destroyed. It is said that surveying the ruins, Innocenti saw the future of cheap, private transport and chose to produce a motor scooter - competing on cost and weather protection with the ubiquitous motorcycle.

The principal stimulus of the design style of the Lambretta and Vespa goes back to Pre-WWII Cushman scooters made in Nebraska, USA. These olive green scooters were in Italy in large numbers, ordered originally by Washington as field transport for the Paratroops and Marines. The United States military had used these to Nazi defence tactics of destroying roads and bridges in the Dolomites (an area of the Alps) as well as the Austrian border areas.

Aeronautical engineer General Corradino D'Ascanio, accountable for and construction of the first modern helicopter by Agusta, was handed the duty by Ferdinando Innocenti of designing a simple, robust and affordable vehicle. It had to be straightforward to drive for both ladies and men , be capable to carry a passenger and not get its driver's clothes soiled.

The design
D'Ascanio, who hated motorbikes, developed a revolutionary vehicle. It was built on a spar frame making use of handlebar gear change and the engine mounted directly onto the back wheel. The front protection "shield" kept the rider dry and clean when compared with the open front-end on motorcycles. The pass-through leg area design was designed for women, as wearing dresses or skirts made riding conventional motorcycles a challenge. The front fork, just like an aircraft's landing gear, allowed for simple wheel changing. The internal mesh transmission eliminated the normal motorcycle chain, an origin of dirt and oil. This basic design allowed a series of features getting deployed concerning the frame which would later allow quick development of new models.

However, General D'Ascanio fell out with Innocenti, who as opposed to a moulded and beaten spar frame yearned-for to produce his frame from rolled tubing, allowing him to revive both elements of his prewar company. General D'Ascanio disassociated himself with Innocenti and took his design to Enrico Piaggio who produced the spar-framed Vespa from 1946 on.

Into production
Going on a year longer to build, the 1947 Lambretta featured a rear pillion seat for a passenger or optionally a storage compartment. The unique front protection "shield" was a flat piece of aero metal; later this developed in to a twin skin to allow for additional storage on the 'back of'/behind the front shield, the same as the glove compartment in a vehicle. The fuel cap was under the (hinged) seat which saved the expense associated with an additional lock in the fuel cap or requirement for additional metal work on the smooth skin.

Deriving the name Lambretta from the small river Lambro in Milan, which ran near to the factory, Innocenti started construction of Lambretta scooters in 1947 - the year after Piaggio started manufacture of its Vespa models. Lambrettas were manufactured under licence in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India and Spain, sometimes under other names but always to a recognizable design (e.g. Siambretta in South America and Serveta in Spain).

BLMC closure of Innocenti
As wealth increased in Western Europe through the late 1960s, the demand for motor scooters fell as the small car became accessible to more and more people and Lambretta started to struggle financially as did parent Innocenti. The British Leyland Motor Corporation took advantage of Innocenti's financial hardships in addition to their production and engineering expertise and contracted Innocenti to create cars under licence from BLMC. The Innocenti Mini used the mechanical elements of the original but was in a number of ways more advanced than it.

Innocenti/Lambretta was eventually sold to BLMC. Unfortunately, shortage of foresight had caused BLMC to partake in a fashion trend which had been ending rapidly. Long industrial strikes in BLMC ensued; motor-scooter sales took a nosedive, and both Innocenti and Lambretta shut up shop in 1972.

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Automobile Products of India / Scooters India Ltd Industry Scooter
Founded 1972
Headquarters Bombay / Lucknow, India
Products Lambretta, Lamby, Vijay, Vikram, Lambro
Website Scooters India

The Indian government bought the factory for basically the same reasons that Ferdinando Innocenti had built it right after the War. India was really a country with poor infrastructure, economically not ready for small private cars yet having a need for private transport.

Automobile Products of India (API) began assembling Innocenti-built Lambretta scooters in India after independence in the 1950s. They eventually acquired a licence to produce the Li150 Series 2 model, which was sold under the Lambretta Series 2 name until about 1976 and at a later point changed the name to Lamby for legal reasons as Scooter India Ltd acquired the entire Innocenti Unit in 1972. API also built the trademark model [API-175] 3 wheeler which had been based upon Innocenti's Lambro. API continued to produce Lambretta-derived models prior to the 1980s but have most certainly been non-operational since 2002.

In 1972, Scooters India Ltd. (SIL) a state-run enterprise operating out of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, bought the entire Lambretta manufacturing and trademark rights. Former Innocenti employees were used to set up an Indian factory as all of the manuals and machinery instructions were in Italian. The 1st scooter built was the Vijay Delux/DL, which was badged the Lambretta GP150 in export markets. This sold poorly on account of build problems and was enhanced becoming the Vijay Super. Further improvements were produced in the final years of production by incorporating a contemporary Japanese CDI unit and an advanced front suspension. SIL also distributed CKDs that were assembled in numerous places of India and sold as the Allwyn Pusphak, Falcon, and Kesri. They were of a lower quality than the SIL produced models and sometimes incorporated significant styling changes.

SIL production seems to have peaked during the financial year 1980-1981, with around 35,000 scooters being built. However by 1987 this had dropped close to 4,500 units with production finally ceasing in 1997. As of 2010 S.I.L.'s production now centres on the Vikram 3-wheeler, powered because of the Lambretta engine. SIL also produces limited spares for the GP/DL variety of scooters. [8] [9] Addititionally there is an acknowledged export trade in second-hand Lambrettas (and their derivatives), primarily into the UK market.

In the United States, Scooters India Ltd licensed the Khurana Group USA LLC to manufacture and distribute scooters under the Lambretta brand. The first release in 2008 were rebadged Adly models [10] of contemporary design, including a 49 cc DUE50, a 49 cc UNO50 and a 150 cc UNO150.

You can still find clubs across Europe along with the UK, both national and local clubs, devoted to the Lambretta scooter. The clubs still participate and organize ride outs and rallies which regularly take place during weekends throughout the summertime and still have high attendance, some rallies achieve 2,500 paying rally goers. All over the UK there are plenty of privately owned scooter shops which deal with everything Lambretta, from sales, services, parts, tuning, performance as well as nut and bolt restorations.

(Artical taken from wiki and spun)

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