Two years after I purchased my 1963 Lambretta Li 125 Riverside, which is a Series 3 "Slimline" model, I was ready for another scooter. One that was not as pristine, a scooter that I could ride hard and put away wet, if it ever came to it. I especially liked the look of the earlier Series 1 and Series 2 Lambrettas. They are heavier, sturdier, and with their rounder curves quite a bit sexier as well. However, these earlier Lambretta scooters are also much more difficult to find.
The scooter that eventually would be adopted by me looked quite scary at first sight, but underneath all of that dirt and grime was a healthy 1960 Series 2
Mike is a true Lambretta enthusiast, a passionate collector, and one of the best Lambretta restorers in the country. He is very meticulous, does everything correctly to the last detail, and his ground-up restorations speak for themselves.
Although he's a preservationist at heart, most of his restorations include all new paint and chrome on top of a complete mechanical refurbishment.
Not this one!
This one would be taken down to the bones, get a full mechanical rebuilt, a thorough cleaning and detailing, but would then be put back together with the old factory paint on frame or body. Much like my old Humpback Volvo, it would wear its battle scars and patina of 54 years with pride.
Mike stripped the scooter down to the bones and removed the entire drivetrain -- engine, transmission, rear hub with wheel -- still mounted together.
Thickly covered in decades-old grease, it would put Purple Power to the test.
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