It has been claimed that the Lambretta motorscooter was a pioneering machine by having been the first production two-wheeled vehicle to have a disc brake. While I believe the Lambretta model C to be the distilled essence of what a scooter is all about, the typical Lambrettista has very high smugness-to-running-scooter ratio. It is possible that Lambretta’s reputation for pushing boundaries lends some fuel to this imbalanced view of the vintage small displacement world.Â So to help bring balance to the world, we present evidence to refute this oft-repeated claim to a technological first.
Recently, upon looking into the Laverda marque it came to light that they offered a two-wheeler — in production prior to the Lambretta TV series — that had a disc brake.Â In 1961 Laverda switched its Laverdino moped line from 4-stroke to 2-stroke.Â Along with this advancement in technology came a pair of front and rear disc brakes.Â If my memory serves me, 1961 came before 1962 and the claim that the Lambretta TV175 was the first two-wheeler with disc brakes is false.
Please feel free to discuss this topic and enlighten 2strokebuzz readers to any and all errors in this effort to challenge the Lambretta myth.