Lambretta Gran Prix / De Luxe
The GP/DL models were first produced in Italy at the beginning of 1969. In the Italian market they were badged as the "De Luxe," and were badged as "Grand Prix" for export markets. Sadly, Innocenti decided to halt scooter production and the last GP's rolled off the Italian assembly line in 1971. Scooters India Limited bought the GP presses and began producing them in India shortly after Innocenti idled their Italian factory. Innocenti actually imported only a few of the Italian made GP's into the U.S., and so they are the rarest of the Italian-built 200 cc Lambrettas in the U.S. In addition, some GP 150's also made it in to America, but they are also very rare. A 125cc version was also made, but, as far as I know, none of these were sold in the US. Some 125's have however been privately imported from Europe in recent years.
The GP was based on the LI series III frame, but had much different styling designed by the famous Bertone design studio. The GP had a square headlight, shorter forks, a smaller mudguard, and cut-down legshields. The cowls were smooth, with plastic faux air vents added to the sides. Stickers were added to the cowls and legshields. In other areas, plastic parts were substituted for metal. For instance, the horn cover, glovebox, and taillight housing were plastic. The rear nameplate badge was removed, and a plastic grill was put in its place. The seat was altered, and made slightly smaller and flatter on the top. There was also a slightly different seat fitted on the few electronic ignition models produced. The legshields themselves were shorter and narrower than those on the LI/TV, which made the entire scooter appear shorter. All of the rubber bits on the scooter were now back, as opposed to the grey colored parts on earlier scooters. Overall, there were many small alterations which added up to a striking new look.
The badges were simplified on the GP scooters as compared to the earlier models. Lambretta badges were removed entirely from the sidepanels in favor of the above mentioned stickers and faux vents. On the legshields, the Lambretta emblem on the right side was made smaller and a square model designation badge was placed below it. The Innocenti badge at the center of the horncasting was also altered from a shield style to an oval with an "i" in the middle. A very small Innocenti badge was placed at the rear of the scooter in the middle of the holes for the spare tire rack. On the right side of the legshields, either a checkered flag or "ink splat" stickers was placed on the GP. On the few electronic igntion models, this stickers was removed and an oval "electronic" sticker was affixed.
The motors evolved, and small changes were made to increase the power. For the 200, these changes meant that it could reach almost 70 miles per hour the fastest Lambretta made. Italian-built GP 200's also came with dampeners and disc brakes, and some of the very last models were even fitted with electronic ignitions.
There are not many Innocenti GP's in the US. All of the many other GP's in the U.S. were made in India by Scooters India Limited (SIL), which as far as I know, mainly exported the GP200 model. Any of the Italian made GP Lambrettas is going to be a rare collectible scooter in the US. The Innocenti GP 200, is of course the most valuable of all, both because it was the fastest production Lambretta produced, and because it was made in very small numbers. It is therefore highly sought-after worldwide. As with all of the 200cc Lambrettas, the Innocenti-producted GP200's prices have been shooting ever higher. There are probably only a handful of these scooters in the U.S.
Number Produced:20,048 150, 15,300 125 (Italian production)
- Rough, but restorable = $1500-2000
- Drivable, but not show = $2500-4000
- Restored or excellent original condition = $4000-5000
Number Produced:9,350 GP 200 (Italian production)
Power Output:11 hp @ 5,500 rpm
- Rough but restorable = $2000-3000
- Drivable, but not show = $3000-6000
- Restored or Excellent Original Condition = $7000-10000
Note: A few of the very late production GP200's were made with electronic ignition. These models are very rare, and hence are worth more than the normal Italian GP200.