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Page 655. 1958 Lambretta FD Triporteur (Three-Wheeler)

1958 Lambretta FD Triporteur (Three-Wheeler)

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LAMBRETTA 3-WHEELER

In the 1950s, a Lambretta pick-up truck like this was the ultimate luxury for a small business unable to afford a full-size van – most would have previously been using tradesmen’s bicycles or tricycles. A Lambretta truck would have rivalled four-wheelers for performance and economy: ’The ideal, economical runabout for local deliveries by tradesmen; for transporting and carrying in small businesses’ declared the adverts.

This example is in good running order. These photos and video were taken by my friend Alain at his house in France, after collecting it for me from the south of France. He will deliver it to me next month. One mudguard has been removed, and is in the rear box; I’ll refit it before it’s sold.

 

 

 

 

 

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SHORT VIDEO of LAMBRETTA TRIPORTEUR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78cRw7BW9Vs&feature=youtu.be

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THE LAMBRETTA FD COMMERCIAL TRIKE


Founded in 1931, the Ferdinando Innocenti company in Milan, Italy produced steel tubes.  At the end of the second World War in 1948 the company started to produce motor scooters  which soon included sidecars that evolved further into 3-wheeled vehicles.

The first Lambretta ‘motocarro’ models (FB and FC) had their pick-up beds in front of the driver, which made steering difficult. The 125 FD, introduced in December 1952, was the first model with the box behind, and therefore a normal scooter front end. It was similar to the Model D scooter, though its front forks and dampers were stronger; the final drive was by means of prop shaft to the rear wheels.

The 150cc version was introduced in August 1955 in order to improve performance. It was also fitted with leaf springs, allowing a load capacity of 350kgs, and  a spare wheel was fitted under the rear frame. This model, the FD Series 3, was manufactured until June 1959, and is the nicest to drive, with an amazing turning circle of 1.75m and many options for rear load-carrying. Sales in Great Britain continued into the 1960s, though it was not a practical option here due to the weather.

 

 

I have a soft spot for obscure commercial three-wheelers. As they were made purely for business purposes, they generally had a hard working life so less of them have survived. The FD Lambretta is particularly attractive as it’s based on the Model D, which was the first Lambretta style to be introduced.

Later Lambretta three-wheelers became more ‘car-like’ and were used extensively in Asian countries, particularly as taxis.

 

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