This is a 1956 Lambretta 150 D scooter and it’s in Waynesville, Ohio. It’s listed on eBay with a bid price of just over $1,500 and the reserve isn’t met. There are six days left on the auction, for you collectors of rare and unusual two-wheelers. And, I know that you’re out there.
The 150 D was an upgrade from the previous 125 D giving a much-needed boost, especially when carrying a passenger. These bikes almost look unfinished to me, I’m so used to seeing the classic, streamlined Lambretta scooters, the ones that most of us probably relate back to Lambretta. In fact, they made two versions, the stripped-down version, the D, and they also made the more classic Lambretta 150 LD which had the aerodynamic cowling over the “guts”, hiding all of the working bits and pieces.
There may be a reason that these look so unusual, they made just over 54,000 of these “economic” D models (1954-1956) compared to almost 220,000 of the “luxurious” LD covered Lambrettas (1954-1957), so they are a bit more unusual to see. I’ve never seen one in person. This one is supposedly all original, but the paint on the tank and engine cover sure looks new’ish to me? The seat sure looks original, right down to the rips. But, a NOS seat comes with it, and apparently the tires and tubes are also NOS.
As we all know, these bikes aren’t for folks who are afraid to have fun riding what they dang well like to ride, no matter what anyone else thinks. I see an older gentleman riding his classic scooter down our street every day and he probably has bigger bikes if he wanted to ride those, and most likely even classic cars. These small bikes are great for bopping around at big car shows or flea markets and things like that. I would not be afraid to ride this thing in public and I’m 6′-5″ tall so I’d probably look ridiculous, but I don’t care! Of course, they weren’t made for freeway or cross-country duties, they never were. This is a 148 cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with 6 hp. The 150 D model weighs about what I do, 165 pounds, so they aren’t heavy. The LD models added 30 pounds in weight for the covers. I really like these unusual, old machines. Are you someone who would proudly ride something like this, or would you not want to be seen on anything smaller than a V-Twin?