Name of scooter: Soulsation Model: Lambretta TV200 Inspiration: My love of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5.
Time to build: By the boys at RLC over a 12 month period.
Specialised parts: All the Ulma accessories are originals. The rear bumper and footboard extensions came via a time-warp scooter that was last on the road in 1974. Original Pegasus seat was sourced in the UK, as were the funky Florida bars. All the bars were restored and heavily modified so they all sit super-flush to the scooter’s bodywork. The legshield toolbox is from a Vespa GS160 which was then cut and shut. The Lucas rear light unit and matching number plate holder came from Canada. None of these parts were simply ‘fitted as found’, they all required hours of labour and care to get them right. Strange panel handles with raised square sections from unknown scooter, adapted to Lambretta panels and then dispatched to Yann @ Carte Blanche in France to be engraved. He also made the one-off horncover badge. The one-off ‘Tamla Motown’ panel badges and ‘TV225’ rear frame badge were fabricated by Max Dcstl. Double thickness headlight rim is off a Brazilian Lambretta.
Engine: NOS Innocenti casing (the original had a broken lug), NOS flywheel flange, NOS side-casing, cast-iron 225cc conversion, Cyclone 5 Speed gearbox, RLC GP crank, six-plate clutch, 24mm SH2 Dell’Orto carb, Ralph Saxelby 42mm exhaust, 180W 12v Ducati (points) electrics, SX200 kickstart lever. Top speed: I’m in no rush!
Is the scooter reliable: So far, yes, very. Paintwork: Robbie the Rocker, RLC’s paintwork specialist.
Chrome: Initially some was done through S&T in Bristol and the rest through RLC’s current Italian chromers.
Advice for anyone starting a project: Working in a scooter shop can have its advantages…
Thanks: To all my boys at RLC. Also a massive ‘Ciao!’ to all my friends on the Italian scooterist scene and the ‘Casa Lambretta Racing Team’!