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This Lambretta scooter is no moped

IT'S NOT A MOPED: Mike Salmon's 1960 Lambretta as he received it in bits (top), during its rebuild (second from top) and in its finished state.
IT'S NOT A MOPED: Mike Salmon's 1960 Lambretta as he received it in bits (top), during its rebuild (second from top) and in its finished state.

Mike Salmon's 1960 Lambretta li150 started life with him as a "box of bits".

Now rebuilt with new racing engine parts imported from Europe and the UK, it is anything but a moped.

In standard form, the Lambretta had about 6 horsepower with a top speed of around 80 km/h.

"Now it's somewhere nearer 25 horse power and overtakes cars on the motorway,'' Salmon says.

"Not that I've ever been over 100 km/h, because that would be illegal.''