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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 an even 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 decided to produce a motor scooter - competing on cost and weather protection from the ubiquitous motorcycle.

The primary stimulus of the design style of the Lambretta and Vespa goes back to Pre-WWII Cushman scooters produced in Nebraska, USA. These olive green scooters were in Italy in huge numbers, ordered originally by Washington as field transport for the Paratroops and Marines. The United States military had used them to avoid Nazi defence tactics of destroying roads and bridges while in the Dolomites (a section of the Alps) plus the Austrian border areas.

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

The style and design
D'Ascanio, who hated motorbikes, designed a revolutionary vehicle. This had been built on a spar frame using a handlebar gear change while the engine mounted directly onto the back wheel. The front protection "shield" kept the rider dry and clean in comparison to 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 task. The front fork, like an aircraft's landing gear, allowed for straightforward wheel changing. The interior mesh transmission eliminated the common motorcycle chain, an origin of oil and dirt. This basic design allowed several features to get deployed relating to the frame that would later allow quick development of new models.

However, General D'Ascanio fell out with Innocenti, who rather than a moulded and beaten spar frame wanted to produce his frame from rolled tubing, allowing him to regenerate both sections 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
Taking a year longer to produce, the 1947 Lambretta featured a rear pillion seat for a passenger or optionally a storage compartment. The unique front protection "shield" was really a flat section of aero metal; later this developed into a twin skin providing additional storage on the 'back of'/behind the front shield, the same as the glove compartment in a vehicle. The fuel cap was beneath the (hinged) seat which saved the cost associated with an additional lock on 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 production the Lambretta scooters in 1947 - one year afterwards 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 requirement for motor scooters fell simply because small car became available for more people and Lambretta began to struggle financially as did parent Innocenti. The British Leyland Motor Corporation took advantage of Innocenti's financial hardships along with their production and engineering expertise and contracted Innocenti to produce cars under licence from BLMC. The Innocenti Mini used the mechanical components of the original but was in many different 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 was 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 essentially the same reasons that Ferdinando Innocenti had built it following the War. India was 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 during 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 soon after changed the name to Lamby for legal reasons as Scooter India Ltd acquired the complete Innocenti Unit in 1972. API also built the trademark model [API-175] 3 wheeler which was based on Innocenti's Lambro. API continued to produce Lambretta-derived models till the 1980s but have been non-operational since 2002.

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

SIL production seems to have peaked within 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 selection of scooters. [8] [9] There's also an established export trade in second-hand Lambrettas (and their derivatives), primarily into the UK market.

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

You can still find clubs across Europe in addition to 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 during the summer season and still have high attendance, some rallies achieve 2,500 paying rally goers. Throughout the UK there are numerous privately owned scooter shops which deal with everything Lambretta, from sales, services, parts, tuning, performance and complete nut and bolt restorations.

(Artical taken from wiki and spun)

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