The affordably charming Lambretta 125 LD Sidecar

The Lambretta 125 LD Sidecar was manufactured by Milan-based Innocenti between 1957 and 1958.

It was one in a series of models that spelled out the evolution of the famous Lambretta scooter, in production from 1947 to 1972 in the factory in Lambrate. The Milanese district is named after the Lambro river that flows through it, and obviously provided Daniele Oppi – the painter who came up with the agile motorcycle’s name – with the inspiration he needed.

Designed and built by two aeronautical engineers, Pier Luigi Torre and Cesare Pallavicino, the Lambretta is as charming as ever in this “expanded” version – a testimony to the popularity of sidecars in the 1950s, as an affordable alternative to a car.

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January 21, 2014