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In 1963 the L.i 150 Special (called Pacemaker here in the UK, after the pop group Gerry and the Pacemakers) was introduced with several new features. Intended as a sportier version to the standard L.i, the Special was given different styling, by the way of the newly revised Series 3 T.V panel work, including an octagonal headset, front mudguard, horn cast, and side panels. Engine wise the 150 had a change of barrel and head, but strangely not the carburettor of 18mm, giving it a power boost to 8.25bhp compared to the 6.6bhp of the standard L.i. Gearbox was also reworked, to make use of the rise in power, with new closer ratios, which was and remains a favorite of scooter racers. Third gear had a tendency to break because it was so thin, so later models had thicker stronger ones. A 125cc version was introduced in October 1965, (mainly because of tax advantages in Italy) and if anything was a more highly tuned version than the 150. Fitted with a 20mm carburettor, with again changes in barrel and piston similar to the 150, saw the 125 give a power output of 7.12bhp. Once again mid production changes included moving to a larger headset that done away with the chrome ring found between headset and horn cast, black switches instead of grey. Clip in front fork buffers over the earlier bolt in ones, and clip on side panels instead of the usual handle type more commonly known were others. The L.i, and L.i, Specials were sold along side each other for many years, and in all by the time production stopped in October 1966, a very respectable 69,529 150 Specials and 29,841 125's had been produced. With colours options of silver for the 150 and a choice of white or metallic blue for the 125's, many more were offered in the form of limited editions. Many of these limited editions produced, were for no more than promotional purposes and to get rid of old stock. Two such models were the silver special, which wasn't very impressive because they were silver anyway, and the golden special, which was completely including wheels hubs and forks etc, painted in a pale gold colour. The golden special did gain a brown coloured rear frame badge and a similarly brown/green vinyl seat

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Auction ended on Fri, Aug 12, 2016
Estimate $12,000 - $17,000
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