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Lambretta Model B

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Manufacturer  Lambretta
Predecessor  Lambretta Model A
Class  Scooter
Production  1948-1950
Successor  Lambretta Model C
Lambretta Model B
Engine  123 cc, Two Stroke, Single Cylinder

The Lambretta Model B was the second production model of Lambretta scooters, produced from November 1948 to January 1950. It was similar to its predecessor, the Lambretta Model A but was refined to improve the ride. It was made because of the success of the Model A.

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Overview

After the success of the Model A Ferdinando Innocenti needed a refined bike so the Model B was very similar to its predecessor. The main aim was to improve ride quality and comfort while keeping the scooter a low cost form of transport. It was just as simple as the Model A, but the improvements mean it cost more. The Model B was more successful than the Model A selling 35,014 units compared to the 9,669 units of the A.

Design

The Model B is a more refined version of its predecessor the Model A. Its main improvement is in the suspension, the front and rear now has spring suspension, and there is a horizontally mounted coil spring damper on the engine to allow the rear of the engine to pivot. The handle bars have been moved forward and the saddle has been raised,allowing for a larger fuel tank for a more comfortable riding position. The gear changes had been made easier with a handlebar gear changer, which will become standard on all future models. It also had a legshield-mounted speedometer. The tyres were made bigger for greater ride quality, from 3.50*7 to 3.50*8.

Sales and Production

Production of the Model B lasted 15 months, and was over three times greater and three months longer than the Model A.

References

Lambretta Model B Wikipedia


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