The Lambretta, from Lombardy to India and all around the world
Enter the crackling Lambretta, the wonderful scooter that, with the Vespa, changed the lives of so many generations of Italians in the second half of the 1900s. The two motorbikes are some of the best-known symbols of Italy’s reconstruction after the Second World War and of the following “economic miracle”.
The Lambretta even had a role in a small “Italian invasion” in the United Kingdom, as it became a Mods favorite in the rebellious Swingin’ London of the 1950s (official soundtrack: The Who).
Manufactured by Innocenti, based in Milan, the Lambretta was launched on the Italian market in 1947 – the year after Piaggio’s Vespa – and sold until 1971. In 1972, the Indian company Sil, Scooters of India Limited, purchased the Lambretta brand (which is still its propriety) and its assembly line, continuing production until 1997.
The Lambretta – a 1960 LI 125 model from the second series is portrayed in this gallery – was designed by Pier Luigi Torre and named by painter Daniele Oppi, who was inspired by the Lambro river that flowed near the factory (Lambretto is another name for one branch of the river, officially known as Southern Lambro).