Mike Karslake’s Lambretta & sidecar combo

Mike Karslake racing his Lambretta combo back in the early 1970s.

Now here’s an opportunity that only turns up once in a blue moon – the possibility to purchase a historically important Lambretta and  Continue reading

The Lambretta Elegant – a coals to Newcastle story?

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So we all know that the Lambretta was created by Innocenti in Italy, but what happened when Innocenti closed their Continue reading

Christmas Boredom? Scooter films!

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Over-indulged in food, drink and relatives already? If you’re looking for a break from festivities then Continue reading

Piaggio USA

More classic Vespa USA promotional material from the 1970s courtesy of The Marquis’ blog. 

Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea regarding transport, but interesting nonetheless we feel. 

https://themarquisblogger.wordpress.com/2015/12/16/piaggio-usa/

Coffee and Lambretta

It’s always interesting to learn what  scooter shops did in days gone by to attract customers, and here’s an insight to 1971. 

Roy of Hornchurch in Essex were a Lambretta dealer through to the 1980s but in 1971 to sell the then  latest Grand Prix model, they offered potential customers a tuned top end, big carb, lightweight panelwork, the promise of a forthcoming 5-speed gearbox…. And a welcoming cup of coffee for all!    

Roy of Hornchurch advert, 1971

1977 USA Vespa range.

(Reblogged from The Marquis)

 

vespa USA brochure from the 70s

 
It sounds weird for us Italians to see Piaggio mopeds ( Ciao and Bravo) marketed in the USA under the brand name of Vespa.  Of course here the Vespa is just the scooter and both Vespa and mopeds were marketed under the Piaggio brand ( Piaggio Vespa, Piaggio Ciao. etc…)

https://themarquisblogger.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/1977-usa-vespa-range/

The API Mac 175 (not a Lambretta or Apple Mac!)

Automobile Products of India Ltd advert from 1979

Automobile Products of India Ltd advert from 1979

A few days ago we brought you an old advert from 1981 of the API Lamby scooter and Mac 175S, and prior to that an article about

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Project 5 – another Butcher Garage Vespa

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In October of last year we brought you news and pictures of a couple of stunning Vespas  from behind the former Iron Curtain, and now, 12 months later here’s Continue reading

Vespa trash or Vespa art?

24_foto05TrashFormation is apparently a new-ish form of art, slowly sweeping across certain places – no doubt cool and hip locations – that as the name suggests, Continue reading

Mental 80s Vespa exhaust!

Silentium Vespa PX exhaust

Silentium Vespa PX exhaust

If you’ve got a Vespa PX125 or 150 – or indeed any other largeframe Vespa with such an engine – and you want an aftermarket exhaust that shouts, ‘look at me’, then look at this!

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