For those that didn’t know, Innocenti issued a licence for Lambretta scooters to be manufactured in Spain and production there continued long after it ceased in Italy, finally coming to a halt around 1989.
This advertisement is one of our favourites from the Spanish concern, Serveta, dating from the early to mid-1970s.
For those who want more, see our previous posts here and a slightly more tenuous link here.
While currently all vehicles in the UK are considered ‘historic’ for road tax (or Vehicle Excise Duty) purposes if manufactured prior to 1 January 1973, it seems that in the latest Government budget a decision has been made to revert to a rolling system. This will begin on 1 April 2014 and will be update annually to include 40-year-old vehicles. More details to be found on the Scootering magazine website.
Continuing our photographs of old scooter factories (and let’s face, what’s not to like about delving into this kind of history?), here’s a shot of the Auteco Lambretta factory on Colombia that has been used by Scooter Restorations in their advertising material in the past.
I can’t remember where i found this photograph so apologies to whomever first uploaded it (let me know and I’ll give you the credit, it’s well deserved!).
Anyway, I fell in love with this image straight away, of a chap working the metal presses in what must have been a very hot and noisy job. As you can see, a pair of Lambretta Series 2 panels are stamped out of one piece of steel, the factory worker about to offer them into the next machine for trimming.
The Spanish factory suffered plenty of turmoil throughout the 1970s and 80s until it eventually closed, but it was just one of those towns you had to visit on your Lambretta one day – so we did back in 2010 on trip down the west coast through France from England.
Li Series 2 panels being produced at the Lambretta factory in Eibar, Spain.