We’re a big tent a NeverDropped, which means from time to time, we have to throw some love to our ultra-hip scooter brethren. Some say that they aren’t real motorcyclists, but we call bullshit on that. You haven’t lived until you’ve been passed on the right by a big-rig while you’ve got the throttle pinned and all 150ccs of your machine are humming to get you up to 50. It takes a real rider to choose a bike with 16in wheels, and we salute you.
We also love police bikes here, and this 1964 Lambretta Li 150 that popped up on Craigslist in the NY Metro area checks all the boxes.
int he 1950s-1980s, NYPD used these slightly lesser known Italian scooters as light patrol and parking enforcement vehicles, and occasionally you’ll see a nice one like this come up for sale.
Seller claims this is an original NYPD scooter. Admittedly its hard at a distance to verify this, but the specs mentioned check out, and the fact that they aren’t unheardof-rare makes us think this could totally be legit.
Seller claims the scoot runs great, with a Mugello 186 top end, which should boost the power some, with fuel flowing through a Dellorto 25 Mil carb.
Stopping was never these thing’s forte (I mean, why do Italians need to stop?), so the seller says this one has an upgraded front disc brake from Scoot RS. Sound exits the back through at 48mil clubman exhaust. Spare wheel and cover are mounted up front.
Paint looks good, though the pictures are a little low-res. The green and white livery are correct for the period – the NYPD sported these colors up until 1973 or so.
This one is available with a clean, current NY title and registration, and is listed with an asking price of $4500.
The fact that these dont come up often makes it hard to peg a “good” price down for this. Vintage scooters in restored condition tend to go for about this price, so we think you are ok here if everything checks out. There are good Vespa/Lambretta/Etcetterini mechanics in Brooklyn, so we recommend a check ride to one of them before purchase. If things dont look rusty, this think could be a truly cool commute scoot.