Lambretta Model 200 DL/GP

200 DL/GP Specifications

Years produced: 1957 - 1959
Amount produced: 18,858
Engine: 1 cylinder, air cooled 2-stroke
Induction: piston ported
Bore: 60 mm
Stroke: 60 mm
Cubic capacity: 170 cc
Compression ratio: 8.0:1
BHP at rpm: 8.6 @ 6000
Transmission: 4 speed constant mesh
Lubrication: 6%
Carburetor: Dellorto MA 23 BS5
Ignition: contact breaker & points
Ignition timing: 26 degrees BTDC
Breaker gap: 0.35-0.45 mm
Voltage: 6 volt
Wheel size: 10"
Tire size: 3.50 x 10
Max speed: 64 mph
Total dry weight: 253 lbs


At the same time as the debut of the 125 and 150 DL, Innocenti released on the market its new top-of-the-line scooter: the 200 DL. With this latest version, all the bodywork was the same as the smaller models. The only differences were the mechanically-controlled disc brakes, which were exclusively on the 200cc model, and the supplementary shock absorber on the front fork. In Italy, the only color available was "ochre," while export models came in different hues according to the destination.

The only improvements to the motor were the slightly tighter gear ratios and a new carburetor that allowed the Lambretta 200 to exceed 110 km/h and once again confirm the Lambrettas position as the fastest Italian scooter.

In 1970, an electronic version of the DL was proposed. Together with the Ducati Elettromeccanica system, the first Italian scooter with this system was produced. To identify this model, and oval stick with "Electronic" was placed where the ink blotch would have been.

The most successful foreign market was without a doubt the English, where the 200 DL always ranked first in time trials and races for the scooter category. A "Grand Prix" version of the 200 DL was produced almost exclusively for England with a different color scheme and a checkered flag on the front legshield rather than metal, and small safety balls were placed on the ends of the handlebars levers.

Even though the Lambretta 200 DL was an excellent example of a modern and fast scooter, it could not garner enough sales to stay in production, and production ceased in April 1971 along with the entire motorscooter production line at the Innocenti factory.