AN ITALIAN SCOOTER
Ingenious Design Of New Machine
The latest motor scooter to arrive in this State is the Lambretta, an Italian machine of ingenious design. Capable of 40 to 43 miles an hour and 140 miles to the gallon, it is avail able as a two-seater two wheeler, or a three-wheel utility transport with a pay load of 440lb.
This machine has the unusual constructional feature of a sheet
metal frame with chromed tubular seat supports. The front seat
tilts forward to give access to the petrol tank cap (also the oil
measure), and the complete assembly of two seats, petrol tank,
tool-case and rear mudguard pivots forward to uncover the
rear wheel, engine and transmission.
The power unit is a single cylinder two-stroke motor of 125c.c. capacity developing 4.3 b.h.p. at 4,000 r.p.m. The ignition and lights are provided by a fly wheel magneto-dynamo, and the
utility model carries a storage battery in a separate container.
Fuel as mixed in the ratio of 5 per cent oil in the 7-quart tank,
which has one quart held in reserve by a three-way fuel tap.
Handle-bar controls are a front wheel brake lever, twist-grip
throttle, and horn and cut-out button on the right-hand side;
clutch lever, twist-grip gear change and gear selection indi
cator on the left-hand side. The gear change is operated by a flexible transmission from a rack moved by a double helical gearing in the handgrip, to a special receiving box on the three-speed gearbox.
There is a shaft drive to the rear wheel, which is sprung by
means of a lever system connected to a hydraulic shock-absorber enclosed in the transmission box.
A parallelogram system of two coil springs and a cone clutch are the basic elements of the front wheel springing. The three
wheeler has transverse springs in front. The only foot controls are the kick-start pedal and the rear wheel brake pedal
Four types of bodies are fitted to the three-wheeler--two open
case types, a closed case, or a platform only.
Dunlop tyres are available as replacements.
Lambretta motor scooters have formeed one of the most virile and enthusiastic clubs in the State. A chosen team will stage a
demonstration known on the Continent as a "Motor Carousell." This has involved long and intricate training and the team will
display concerted movement and team riding on a lighted square.
The Lambrettas will also stage a lambretta soccer match using a full soccer field and a white ball some 17in in diameter.
This is also an established Continental sport, is highly
entertaining and sometimes involves frequent replacements
of men and machines during the game.
Two of the members of the Lambretta team reside in Northam and make a long journey from that town each week for practice.
Group turnover and profit of Winterbottom Motor Co. Ltd., West Australian B.M.C., Chrysler and Peugeot distributor, increased considerably in the December half-year compared with the same period last year.
Interim ordinary dividend has been held at 5 per cent.
Directors say turnover for the two months since December has continued the satisfactory trend.
All major franchises contributed to the improved half-year, they add.
Recent acquisition of a controlling interest in Lambretta Distributors (A/asia) Pty. Ltd. has been completely justified by marked improvement in its turnover.