Prestigious auctioneers, Bonhams held a three-day sale at Bicester Heritage last week and realised £3.67 million pounds. The grand finale on Sunday 16th August was for 200 lots from the collection of the late Giancarlo Morbidelli. The mostly Italian, machines came from the Motorcycle Museum in Pesaro, Italy
Amongst the collection of stunning post and pre-war exotica, and former Benelli Grand Prix bikes (a 1950 Benelli 250cc GP bike sold for a record £138,000) were a few rare and very desirable scooters. Including the 1959 125cc Li Racing Lambretta pictured above (and in the video walkaround below).
This 125cc Lambretta comes with some provenance, it was built by Giancarlo Morbidelli to compete in the prestigious 1994 rerun of the Milan-Taranto long-distance road race. It features some well thought out modifications to the Series 2 frame, including the lovely airscoop crafted into the runner boards. You can just imagine the beautiful sound from that unsilenced high-rise expansion pipe. The scooter was one of four machines entered by the Binova-Cucine team and was ridden by Giampiero Findanno. He lead the race into the final day but suffered an engine seizure, losing him some time. He still finished first in his class and second overall.
The exquisite machine still carries its competitor’s plates and was sold for £7475, along with various press cuttings and photographs.
1948 Lambretta 125cc Tip B
Just as beautiful, if not quite as exotic and expensive was this 1948 Model B Lambretta. According to the auction catalogue, the 125cc scooter was restored a while ago by a “Marque specialist.” It sold for £2645
Other interesting lots in the auction included a cutaway Vespa engine mounted on a stand, that went for £446 and would make a nice ornament. There was also an original double-sided Lambretta dealer’s sign, that one went for £573.
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