Quadrophenia Lambretta up for auction

Restored scooter expect to sell for $37,000

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Nov. 18, 2008
Fans of the iconic scooter flick Quadrophenia have a chance to own the 1967 Lambretta Li150 Series 3 ridden by the film’s main character James ‘Jimmy’ Cooper.

The actual machine ridden by actor Phil Daniels in the 1979 film is one of the items up for bid at British auction house Bonhams. The scooter, to be auctioned on Nov. 25, is expected to go for GBP25,000 (US$37,544).

The scooter’s anonymous donor came across the Lambretta by accident some time in the ’80s. According to the description provided with the auction item, the donor found the scooter with its distinctive registration plate ‘KRU 251’ lying in a garden in Portsmouth, England. A fan of the film, he recognized the scooter immediately and purchased the Lambretta with all of its accessories from then-owner, Paul Marsh.

The 'Jimmy Cooper' Lambretta's license plate was originally "KRU251F". The 'F', indicating model year 1967 was removed because the film is set earlier in the decade.

The donor, who went on to own a scooter shop in Portsmouth, set to work restoring the scooter, finally completing it in 1995. The restored Lambretta was then featured as the cover story of Scooter International magazine and appeared at trade shows and promotional events. In 1997, when Quadrophenia was re-released, the scooter was reunited with Daniels and the film’s original cast at the premiere. Later that year, the scooter was used in the filming of The Who’s Quadrophenia concert in London.

The restored ‘Jimmy’ scooter maintains the same specifications it had in 1979 including the Ken Cobbing sports exhaust system, though several parts such as the battery and carburetor were replaced. Bonhams describes the scooter as being in ‘excellent condition’.

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