2018 Shannons Melbourne Late Spring Classic Auction

c1961 Lambretta APE 3-Wheeler




Engine 150cc single-cylinder
Gearbox Three-speed manual
Body Work Three-wheel utility
Colour Red
Trim Black
Wheels Steel
Brakes Drum/drum


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Developed as a more practical alternative to traditional scooters but without the cost restrictions of a full-sized car, the Italian three-wheeled scooter-based, small commercial vehicle was introduced by various manufacturers in the dometic market just after World War II. This Lambretta APE ‘utility’ is basically a standard scooter from the seat forward, complete with handlebar steering and controls, with its two rear-wheels shaft driven. Over the ‘rider’ is a two-person fully-enclosed cab, complete with a windscreen with wipers and wind-up side windows! These Lambretta APEs were various bodied in different configurations including a flat bed, a utility (as here), and a van. Predictably, they were extremely popular with small businesses that required a light load carrier to zip through narrow Italian streets.