Italy in the ‘50s was still recovering from the war, and people had extremely tight budgets. The Lambretta E was a short-lived attempt by Innocenti to create an “economy” scooter to serve that slice of the market, and compete with Vespa’s economy offering, the “U” model. To do it, Innocenti modified their existing scooter in an attempt to cut costs, and sell at a rock bottom price.

The result was not particularly successful: they found it impossible to cut enough of the cost to make building it profitable. One of the ways that they sought to cut costs was to remove the complicated kickstart mechanism. Innocenti replaced the kickstart with a pull start, like on an old lawn mower. This pull start, coupled with the side stand, made it just enough of a challenge for normal people, that it was a flop in the marketplace. Innocenti tried to salvage their development costs by modifying the scooter with a bolt-on kickstarter - which was called the Model F. Some Model F kickstarters were retrofitted to Model E’s by dealers to make them more sellable. The original Model E was not made in huge numbers, and most were used up as the economy transport that they were designed to be. They are rare today.

We found several Model E’s on our most recent trip to Italy. This one has been restored, and it is in wonderful condition: this is a must-have for fans of the open Lambrettas, or for serious scooter collectors. These were never sold in the US, so here’s your chance to own one of the rarest Lambrettas!

Price (before tax): $ 8,750.00

Make: Lambretta

Year: 1954

Inventory number: L-71

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