9 Is there a big difference between Vespa owners and Lambretta owners?
Even during the height of the Mod movement in the 1960s, both makes were considered equally cool. Some prefer Lambrettas because their engines are centrally situated (whereas the Vespa engine is on the
right-hand side of the bike) so they feel they handle better, but Vespas have a reputation for
being more reliable. It’s more a case of friendly banter between owners, rather than rivalry. Lambretta closed shop in 1972 and, although production continued in India under the SIL name, production ceased in 1997. SIL now makes three-wheeler Vikrams powered by Lambretta engines as well as spares for certain Lambretta two-wheeled models.
Same but different, there was a friendly rivalry between the brands