Okay, I have to admit. I know just about enough on the mechanics of the Lambretta. I can re-build the carb, adjust the jets, change the brakes, pull it apart and put it back together. But on the morning of Rockers versus Mods, when I had high hopes of riding with my Peeps, I found myself with a dead Lola. No spark. So, probably a dead HT Coil. Then, since I had been attempting to start it all morning, I guess I did something to fry the starter. Plenty of power at the input at 12.46 volts DC. But nada. Not so much as a click. Lights – fine. Brake light – fine. But nothing on the starter. At all.
So, after a bit of soul searching and some kind words from Michelle, I have decided to get it fixed and sell it. I have found a new(er) Lambretta TV175 that looks pretty nice and runs smoothly, from the videos the owner has sent me. It’s not a Viet-Bodge version and was professionally rebuilt by a guy in Toronto, then procured by the seller in Troy, MI. The seller knew who had done what, when, and had paperwork to prove it. Solid provenance back to pre-renovation. Plus, it appears to start on the first kick. Getting shipped from Troy was pretty easy. $650 gets it here by the 4th of May or so. Gets picked up tomorrow in Troy. Mike Lada from JC Motors handled all of the arrangements. They’ve got a pretty sweet way of transporting:
So, here’s Lola2. A 1963 Lambretta TV175. In my humble opinion, a real show-stopper. Nice resto with no cut corners that I can see. Nice adds, like disc brake in front, beefed up suspension, Clubman big bore exhaust, turn signals, brake lights, tons of chrome. Let me know what you think of her.
Bought her off a super nice guy in Troy, MI named Keith W. Keith is a British ex-pat who has the heart of a lion and has been more than excellent to deal with. A true gentleman. Totally cooperative with shipping and even threw in some bucks to help get her here. A very fair deal all the way around, I think.
Anyway, Lola2 is about 10 days out at this point, so now I play the waiting game. Now, to fix Lola so I can get her on the selling block. Sorry Lola. I tried. Really, I did. Time to move on. SO, if you’re reading this AND you want a beautiful example of a 1957 LD 150 AVV electric start, it will soon be running again and I can offer her for sale. I have unbelievable provenance, all the way back to her original owner in the U.K. If you’re itching for a sweet looking LD, let me know. Love to work out a deal.
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