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Lambretta 3 Wheeler - FA, FB, FC and FD Models

The FA, FB, FC and FD models are the 'cab-less' Lambretta three-wheelers. The earlier models featured two front wheels and one rear, where by the FD models the formation was changed to two wheels at the rear and one at the front.

  • Lambretta FA, FB and FC
  • Lambretta FD125
  • Lambretta FD150

Lambretta 125F

Italian Production Dates: Unknown
Frame Prefix: Unknown

The Lambretta 125 F, sometimes refered to as the FA, appeared in several Innocenti brochures. Very little infomation is avaliable and it is believed that although one/some may have been produced as a demonstrator/prototype, none were avaliable to purchase.

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Lambretta FB 125

Italian Production Dates: February 1949 - March 1950
Frame Prefix: Unknown

The market for small utility vehicles was growing at the time Lambretta launched the FB 125. It was released shortly after the Lambretta B scooter. The third wheel allowed for a commercial box to be fitted at the front to enable the carriage of goods. The FB had a carrying capacity of around 200kg.


The rear of the three-wheeler utilised technology as used on the Model B Lambretta scooters which helped make these vehicles affordable to produce and to purchase. The B was available from Lambretta with a choice of front compartments; a closed aluminium box, a closed wooden box and an open box with wooden sides or as chassis only. As with the later models, many concessionaries and companies produced alternative bodies and adaptations.

 

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Lambretta FC

Italian Production Dates: November 1950 - October 1952
Frame Prefix: Unknown

The FC featured many improvements over its predecessor including a redesigned frame, rear suspension and a slightly wider wheelbase. Many mirroring the newly improved mechanics on the C and LC Lambretta scooters. The rear bodywork of the three-wheeler was of the C and the engine and cooling systems from the Lambretta LC.

The FC retained the box and two wheels at the front of the vehicle with the single driving wheel on the back. The electrics remained at 6volt, as did the kinematic steering, teleflex gear cables and a 125cc engine. The independant suspension with tranverse leaf spring also continued in the FC.

Modifications included hydraulic brakes operating on all three wheels controlled via a foot pedal rather than cable and a brand new mechanical parking brake. The FC did not have a reverse gear.

Special Note: Thank you to Bruno Stringini for help with information, manuals and photos. This is Bruno's FC in the pictures. Without him this information would not be here for us to share! Thank you Bruno!


Technical Specifications

Overall Dimensions

Maximum Length: 2480mm Ground Clearance: 140mm
Maximum width : 1200mm Wheelbase: 1557mm
Maximum height: 1060mm Track width: 1050mm

 

Frame

Frame Central tube with 2 crosspieces welded for support of the box
Front suspension: Parallelogram with traverse single leaf spring
Rear suspension: Rear rocker box has a pair of helical springs in parallel.

 

Wheels and Brakes

Wheels Interchangeable and easily removable wheels Tyres: 4.00 x 8”
  Stamped sheet metal discs.    
Brakes:. Drum brakes. Hydraulically operated pedal on three wheels; Tyre pressures at full load: 1.6kg/cm square
  Mechanically operated handbrake on front wheels.    

 

Electrical Equipment

Lights powered by magnetic flywheel. Circuit powered with 2 coils at low voltage (headlight has two lights, rear light and position lights). Horn and low beam are powered by a 6-volt storage batteries Ah charged with the same magnetic wheel, with the assistance of a rectifier.

Horn: Electric, with control on the same switch as the lights.

Position Bulb Position Bulb
HeadlightHeadlightFront Side Lights 6V 1.5W
  6V 3W (Dipped)Rear Side Lights6V 3W


Engine

Engine: Single cylinder two stoke. Carburettor Dell’Orto M16C or Zenith type 18 MCT
Bore: 52mm Choke:  
Stroke: 58mm Max. Jet: 65 (Dell'orto) or 80 (Zenith)
Capacity: 123cc    
       
Output: 4.3CV at 4200 R.P.M. Compression Ratio: 1:6


Start: Pedal (sector gear, pinion and spring completely enclosed in a case applied to the motor)
Clutch: Multi-disc type in oil bath
Gear Box: Three speed
Total transmission ratios
(Rear Wheel RPM/ENGINE RPM)
1st gear: 1/19
  2nd gear: 1/11
  3rd gear: 1/7
Transmission From engine to gearbox: by gears with flexible coupling.
  From gearbox to rear axle: by hollow shaft with splined couplings and two flexible couplings

 

Performance

Dry Weight with box and spare wheel. 140kg Min. Turning Radius: 3500mm
       
Useable length of Body 1090mm Max Speed: 45km/h  
Useable width of body 850mm Tank Capacity: 5.6litres (plus 0.7litre reserve)  
       
Carrying Capacity 200kg    
Weight distribution: front wheels 270kg Weight distribution: rear wheels 130kg

 

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Parts Manual and User Manual available SOON in our Downloads section.

Lambretta FD 125


Italian Production Dates: December 1952 - August 1955
Frame Prefix: Unknown

The Lambretta FD 125 was the first of the Lambretta three wheelers with the box/load behind the driver. This in turn meant the engine was now centrally located and steering was much easier using a configuration which more closely resembles the Lambretta D. An extract from the FD 125 Instruction Manual describes the vehicle:

'The Lambretta 125/fd 3-wheeler thanks to its improved mechanical features and generous performance will surely meet the customer's need for a low-prices vehicle with reduced body space, capacble of withstanding hard load conditions, ensuring in the meantime swift transport and economic running and maintenance cost.

Worthy of note are the specifications of the main components which, owing to the sturdiness and compactness of their construction, comply with the requirements for this type of vehicle; tubular chassis, differential with bevel gears in oil bath enclosed in a casing, transmission to the rear axle through a tubular shaft, rear suspension with leaf springs, rear brakes hydraulically operated.

The engine gearbox group of the same type mounted on the <<d>> and <<ld>> Lambretta, but with specially selected transmission ratios, completes the new 3-wheeler, which largely solve the problem of transporting commodities in the city's congested areas as well as the country's uneven roads, speeding up their delivery.'

Main Features

3-wheel vehicle, 2 rear driving wheels, equipped with a rear box available in 3 types; platform with sideboards and drop-end, wooden or aluminium enclosed box with rear door.

Longitudinal dimensions 2510mm Maximum Load 300kg
Transversal dimensions 1300mm Ground clearance 140mm
Vertical dimension pick-up 725mm Wheelbase 1650mm
Vertical dimension with box 1295mm Track width 1150mm
Useful width of the body 1100mm Empty weight (with box pick-up and spare wheel) 145kg
Length of the body 1200mm (with box) 180kg

 

Engine size 123cc Maximum speed (fully laden) 55km / h
Bore 52 Consumption 1litre/35km
Stroke 58 Outputs 3 speeds
Maximum Output 5 HP at 4600RPM    

 

Engine Vertical cylinder of special purpose cast iron Ignition By flywheel magneto; advance adjustment when standing
  Light-alloy cylinder Head Carburettor with petrol filter and air cleaner
  Aluminium alloy piston   Dell'Orto MA 18B3 Type; 0709" choke; 0.0275" max jet
  Connecting rod with needle bearing on big end Track width Zenith ZM3 Type; 0.709" choke; 0.315" max jet
  Detachable three-piece crankshaft carries in ball bearings Starting By pedal
  Lubrication by petrol (5%) Cooling by forced draught through a fan on the flywheel

 

Gearbox

Integral with the engine. 3 ratios. Constant mesh gears running in oil. The gearbox was provided with a single sliding group consisting of two central gears through which the second ratio is obtained. Teh gears provided with jaws, fitted on one side, engaging at each stroke-end with the neitral gear either of the first or of the third speed. By fixing these gears onto the shafts the corresponding transmission ratios are obtained. The gears are of hardened high-tensile steel.

The engine-gearbox group is mounted on the chassis by the interposition of special rubber cushions, resulting in flexible connection and vibrationless running.

The secondary transmission from the gearbox to the rear axle has been obtained by means of two flexible joints at each end and a coupling sliding onto the front protion to allow rear axle displacement.

The rear axle is a fully-floating type. The axle arms can be easily sliden off. the bevel gear couple is provided with straight teeth and the differential with bevel gears and and two satelite pins. These components are entireley enclosed in a tubular casing; the bevek gears and the differential are in oil bath.

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Lambretta FD 150 Series 2 / 3


Italian Production Dates: August 1955 - December 1956 / January 1957 - June 1959
Frame Prefix: T40 / T140?

Increased engine size of 25cc brought this Lambretta three-wheeler up to 150cc. It had with a larger carburettor to increase BHP.

Engine size 150cc Maximum Load 350kg
Bore 52 Maximum speed (fully laden) 60km / h
Stroke 58 Consumption 1litre/35km
Outputs 3 speeds    

 

Overall Dimensions

Maximum Length: 2500mm Weight (including driver) Open Body: 245kg
Maximum width : 1300mm   Box Body: 265kg
Ground Clearance: 120mm Pay Load (in addition to driver) 350kg
Wheelbase: 1650mm Gross vehicle Weight including driver Open Body: 595kg
Rear Overhang Max: 630mm   Box Body: 615kg
Minimum Turning Radius: 1700mm    

 

Drive: from two rear wheels
Chassis: tubular beam type frame with welded cross-members
Saddle: fixed to frame
Engine: anti vibration mounted
Transmission: by tubular prop shaft from rear of gearbox through differential to rear wheels
Rear Axle: fully floated; bevel gear differential
Suspension: front trailing link and helical spring
Rear Suspension: two semi-elliptical multi-leaf springs
Brakes: Hydraulic expansion type. Hand lever operated front brake. Pedal and hand brake operate rear brake

 

Engine

Engine: Single cylinder two stoke, forced air cooled. Capacity: 148cc
Bore: 57mm Compression Ratio: 6
Stroke: 58mm Output: 6.5 H.P. at 4600 R.P.M.
Tank Capacity: 7.5 litres Consumption (to CUNA rules) (3.14lit/100km)


Ignition magneto flywheel
Start: Pedal / Kickstart
Clutch: Multi-disc type in oil bath. Control lever on handlebar
Gear Box: gearbox with three speeds. Control on handlebar
Total transmission ratios / Max speed
1st gear: 1/24.15 MAX Speed: 14.5km/h
  2nd gear: 1/11.40 MAX Speed: 30.8km/h
  3rd gear: 1/6.01 MAX Speed: 58.5 km/h
Average Speed over 1km From standing start: 48.2km/h
  From moving: 56.8km/h

 

Wheels and Brakes

Wheels and Tyres 4" x 8" Drums, front 125mm x 20mm
Brakes: Internal expansion brakes. mechanically controlled by lever on the handlebar for the front brake - foot operated hydraulic rear brakes Drums, rear 140mm x 20mm
  Hand lever parking brakes on rear wheels.    


Avaliable as chassis only, wooden and hardboard box, steel pickup and alumimum box.

 

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NOTE: Technical specifications have been taken directly from Innocenti documentation eg User Manuals for each model. Later workshop manuals and amendments made after the publication of each manual may mean that these details appear differently in other documentation and may be different for your particular model.