Vittorio Tessera’s Lambretta Restoration Guide
May 15, 2011 § 2 Comments
Vittorio Tessera’s book is definitely worth owning if you have a Lambretta. Note that I didn’t say classic Lambretta, because basically they are all classics. The company is long gone. Every small detail of the specs are covered in Vittorios Restoration Guide from the color down to the variations within a specific model from the first to the end of production. It’s particularly useful if you are into doing nit-picky restorations that aim to put the scooter back to the way it was when it rolled out of the factory.
The Vespa equivalent, titled Vespa Technica, is quite good but it does have some inaccuracies and the hardbound set is a tad expensive. The other difference between Vespa Technica and Vittorio’s guide is that the Vespa set lacks soul. What the does that mean? Vittorio is a collector and his affection for the Lambretta marque shows in his books. He is a Master in the truest sense and makes a living through his expertise. Here’s a link to some photos of Vittorio’s Museum near Milan, courtesy of Alan Dollar, who is an avid scooter collector. I haven’t met Alan personally but his collection was featured in Scoot! Quarterly some time ago and it’s pretty impressive.
There are a lot of others with a real passion for Lambrettas and I don’t mean to sell them short… shop owners around the world, collectors, and enthusiasts of all kinds are keeping the Lambretta alive. You have to give the shop owners a lot of credit for having the nads to be in a business that serves such a small market, for a product made by a company that closed it’s doors 30 years ago. It’s easier to make money selling coffee or fast food than scooter parts and service. I’m glad all these people chose the latter.