Located in Lambrate on the outskirts of Milan, Innocenti’s Lambretta scooter built its huge success around the principles of intelligent design, good performance and high reliability. This success was spearheaded by the 1950 LC, the 1951 LD and 1958 Li models – all fully-faired scooters with 125 or 150cc single cylinder 2-stroke engines.
The Series 1 175 TV of 1957 was equipped with a 4-speed 8.6hp 175cc engine and a fixed front fender and headlamp that did not move with the handlebars. Other distinguishing features included part body colour wheels with the forks, hubs and dampers also colour matched. The Series 1 TV’s kickstart shaft was located in the centre of the engine casing and it had a dual seat as standard along with a 70mph speedometer. It weighed 115kg and 18,858 were built from September 1957 to October 1959.
The 175 TV Series 2 is very similar to the Series 1 except that the headlamp was now mounted to the handlebar and so turned with the front wheel, while the kickstarter shaft was concentric with the rear wheel axle. Tipping the scales at 110kg, 34,928 were produced from October 1959 to September 1961.
This Lambretta 175 TV was restored six years ago and it comes to sale with its Italian libretto registration document.
NB. Although the libretto document states that this is a 1957 model with correspondingly early chassis/engine numbers (Series 1), it is clearly a Series 2 example. Coys regrets that it cannot explain this conundrum at the time of going to press.