That too is Casa Lambretta - Part 2 The Museo Scooters & Lambretta
CASA LAMBRETTA - THE MUSEO SCOOTERS & LAMBRETTA
This is located above the business premises of Casa Lambretta Museo Scooters & Lambretta. In an inconspicuous building with an exposed aggregate concrete finish, Vittorio Tessera has created a collection that is unique in terms of the quantity and, above all, the quality of the scooters on display.
Established in its original location in 2001 with the support of the city of Rodano, the museum was added to the provincial museum system in 2004 Milano Citta del Progetto and has been at its current location since 2010.
The around 160 exhibits document the history of scooter construction. The oldest scooters were built before World War II, the youngest exhibits are from the 1970s. In addition to the Italian brands, Vittorio has brought together scooters from manufacturers from: England, Germany, Austria, Spain, USA, Russia, France, Japan, Belgium, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
In the first of the five exhibition halls there is a selection of around ten Vespas from the V98 to later models. On the way to the other rooms, we pass three Belmondo scooters from the 1940s. The presumed inspiration for Piaggio to develop the Paperino.
In halls two and three, the various scooters are grouped according to year of construction and country of manufacture. The conditions leave little to be desired, from perfect restorations to freshly pulled out of the barn to preserved conditions and almost new vehicles in their original condition, everything is included here. The rarest exhibits include the Honda Juno K (Honda's first scooter from 1954, the Nibbio built in Lombardy in 1947, the Bastert single-track car or the car armchair (the first example of a scooter from 1908).
THE LAMBRETTA COLLECTION
The heart of the collection are the two other halls with the Lambrettas. From 1947 to 1971 Innocenti built more than four million Lambrettas at the nearby Lambrate plant. If you add up the license builds from India, Spain, Germany, France, Asia and South America, the Lambretta with its derivatives is one of the most popular two-wheelers in the world.
Thanks to his decades-long obsession, Vittorio has amassed a unique collection of Lambrettas: From the oldest, known Lambretta, the m (A) model with chassis number 2, the FB tricycle from 1949 with an ice cream superstructure, to currently two Series 2 Lambrettas with original paintwork for the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, the completely gold-plated TV 175 Series 3 for actress Jane Mansfield to various lambrettas in the yellow paintwork with four-leaf clover, which was reserved for the Innocenti family themselves.
The absolute highlight are the prototypes and one-offs, which without the intervention of Vittorio in the proverbial last minute would probably not have been preserved for posterity.
HOW DO I GET THERE
You can find Casa in Rodano, a part of the metropolitan city of Milan (formerly the province of Milan). Not far from Linate Airport and about 15 minutes from Centro Studi and the former Innocenti factory premises in Lambrate.
From the center of Milan it is 11 kilometers to the museum and Casa Lambretta. It is advisable to come by car. It is around € 30 by taxi.
Entry to the museum is free.
In the event of a further journey, it is best to announce your visit by telephone.
Monday to Friday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. / 14 p.m. - 30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday by appointment for groups
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- Zucchi Collection Museum email@example.com www.zucchicollection.org
- Spazio Iso Rivolta Via Vittorio Veneto, 66 Bresso (MI)
- Fondazione ADI per il Design Italiano www.fondazioneadi.org
- Fondazione FAAR - Centro Studi CSAR www.faar-csar.org