In 1922 Ferdinando Innocenti founded a factory of steel tubes in Rome. In 1931 he moved all his business in Milan, being right in the neighborhood Lambrate the largest manufactures seamless steel tubing.
During the Second World War, the factory was bombed and completely destroyed. Innocent, waiting to recapture by Allied establishments in Milan, the Capital gave life to the study of product that would be the conversion of post-war works: indeed, taking inspiration from their motorscooters American soldiers arrived in Italy during the war and understands the need for new engines useful to the population after the war, he decided to devote himself to the production of revolutionary scooter. In 1947, after completing the design phase and after rebuilding the plant in Milan, started production of Lambretta.
The huge success not only meant that the national Lambretta in almost 25 years of production, were built under license in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, India and Spain. Innocenti produced, based on the mechanics of the scooter, a series of three wheelers, initially called also Lambretta, were then called Lambro.
With the economic boom exploded in western Europe in the late sixties the request of the scooters had a decrease, while the car was now available to everyone, Innocenti had then struggled to survive financially. The British Motor Corporation (BMC) took advantage of its financial difficulties and in 1959 with his production experience offered a contract at the Innocenti to produce a sedan dell’Austin of 900 cc, under license from the A40 “BMC” with components supplied by BMC, the Innocenti Mini. Subsequently, other cars were produced, but even with these additional shares of the market, the company shut production in 1971.
The Indian government bought the assembly of the Lambretta in 1972, mainly for the same reasons that Ferdinando Innocenti had built after the war: India was then a country with poor infrastructure and was not yet ready to produce economically Small cars dedicated to private transport. SIL (Scooters of India Limited), established in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, was the State-owned company that began production a few years after purchase, continuing the construction of the original Lambretta until 1997. (via)