2019 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction
Lot
6

c1961 Lambretta 175Li 3-Wheeler

$12,500

Sold

Specifications

Engine 150cc single-cylinder
Gearbox Three-speed manual
Body Work Three-wheel van
Colour Brown/cream two-tone
Interior Brown
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel
Brakes Drum/drum

Description

This lot is no longer available

Developed as a more practical alternative to traditional scooters but without the cost restrictions of a full-sized car, the Italian three-wheeled scooter-based small commercial vehicle was introduced by various manufacturers in the domestic market just after World War II. This Lambretta 3-wheeler ‘utility’ is basically a standard scooter from the seat forward, complete with handlebar steering and controls, with its two rear-wheels chain driven. These Lambretta 3-wheeler were bodied in different configurations including a flat bed, a utility and a van (as here). Predictably, they were extremely popular with small businesses that required a light load carrier to zip through narrow Italian and Asian streets.