Monday, 25 February 2013

Winter Lambretta from Spain

This is a special Lambretta, a type I didn’t know existed until a couple of weeks ago. It’s a Spanish Eibar Lambretta Li 150 Winter model. Apparently they were called “Scooter Winter” when they were launched. Not sure why, “winter” not even being a Spanish word. The word for winter in Spanish is “invierno”, in Italian it’s “inverno”.
A factory was set up by a company called Lambretta Locomociones in the Spanish town Eibar in 1953, in order to build Lambrettas on license. The first models, 125/150 D, were built in 1954, followed by the LD-models. About 1964 the company started using the name Serveta and in 1965 100 000 Lambrettas had been built in Eibar, and production didn’t end until 1989.
The "Winter" model is basically a standard Eibar 150 Series 2 but with a different headset. The top is hexagonal, like an SX and the bottom is like a standard Series 2.
This example was found in Alicante and the engine is seized but apart from that everything important is there, apart from the side panels, which are the same as the Italian ones and readily available.
Like all the Spanish models it has the shorter, rounder turning front mudguard, like a Vespa, and the frame and engine numbers match. They usually do on a Spanish Lambretta, if it’s the original engine, but hardly ever did on the Italians.
The English owner, Mark, will begin a restoration in May or June this year.
If anyone knows the origin of the name "Scooter Winter", please inform us!
Here is Eibar Lambretta LD 150. Note the badge with the inscriptions "Eibar" and "LL", the latter for Lambretta Locomociones.

Hexagonal head light and turning mudguard.

The side panels are missing, but the same as on an italian series 2.

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