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Willam Microcars and Three Wheelers

Henri Willame was head of Lambretta France. He marketed rebadged Italian imports by Lawil and other Italian makes such as Baldi, Zagato, Desca and Casalini.

His first Lambretta-engined microcar was presented at the Paris Salon of 1966. These were built by Scattolini in Italy and sold as Willam Farmer and Willam City.

The Willam Sulky was a Casalini with a 50cc Minarelli engine. It had one wheel at the front and two at the rear, a bench seat and a steering wheel in the middle of the fully enclosed cabin. They also sold the Casalini David, some of which were 4-wheeled microcars.

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jaykays20 at
Lawil Postman S3 125CC engine:
We are looking for a spark coil pack for the Lawil postman van s3 1976 also a battery regulator for the same car can you help or do you know who can?
Many regards Jon King UK
    Have no information on Lawil electrical components at present. Perhaps try some of the pages listed under French Resources.

lotusdesigns7 at
1961 lambetta willam micro van
Hi I need a replacement engine for a lambetta willam micro van. It had a 125 lawil engine. Any help would be appreciated, thanks
Northern ireland
ssicinema at
willam fourgonette
Hi I've recently bought a willam van. I don't know much about them so any help would be appreciated. the engine was seized, after much soaking in penetrating oil I now have it turning but very tight for half a turn of the crank. so my next step is to remove the flywheel. does any body know if they are threaded onto the crank and is it left or right hand thread. or is there a certain method of removal . I have tried both ways but as I'm not certain how its attached I'm a little hesitant. I think I can see a thread through the bearing in the centre of the flywheel but was hoping somebody could confirm this.
Steven Portman
Barnsley UK

    I would imagine that a Lambretta manual would have the answer to this. Ed.

l.ingram1982 at
William van
Hi does any one have any repair panels for the vans mainly side panels thanks

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
scootertrs at
william sulky 1977

trying to get ours on the road, but do hot have a manual and do not knoe what oil/fuel ratio I must use in the fuel tank. Any help?
Raul del Portillo
miami/florida USA

    I'm sorry, I have no information on that machine. Can you give me a url on the site which possibly refers to it please?
trying to get ours going, but need details like oil/fuel ratio, etc
happy holidays
    Ah, I see. Willam not William. The Sulky runs a Minarelli. Depending on type it will run 20:1 or 50:1. It's probably the latter, but best check before running the leaner mixture for obvious reasons.

Wed Feb 22 2017
whitingsteven at<
Willam sulky 111f
I have a 1979 Willam sulky 111f I am after any information regarding this vehicle engine photos.

It's still an ongoing restoration. Bodywork needs a little attention before I get it soda blasted and then a couple of coats of paint. Any help with engine diagrams would be appreciated as some bogus parts have been included. Many thanks.
Kent uk

Sun Dec 14 2014
steedknight at

willam fourgonette c2
my brother has just brought a willam fourgonette c2 van and is looking for spares for it in england west sussex.
west sussex england

Wed Nov 07 2012
ajayadla<at>gmaildot com
Willam Lawil pick-up
LAWIL Willam Lawil pick-up
hi i have a willam lawil pick-up.
i dont have much info.just want to know what its worth??
please help me with my query


Mon Apr 16 2012
willam 50cc ?
i have just bought what i believe to be a willam and it has a motori minarelli 50cc ?engine ,it was built in 1977 by castolini in italy i think ?can annyonepoint me in the right direction as to if this was correct fittment, regards mike

Mon May 02 2011
ralphfitchkemp<at>hotmaildot com
Parts for my van
Willam c1
I need a new brake master cylinder
if anyone knows where i can get one it would be very help full

Tue Apr 12 2011
epic-rider<at>hotmaildot com
car restoration
Lawil maybe c2 fourgonette
Hi mate i'm sending you from Greece i have a Lawil c2 fourgonette *(i'm not sure if this is the car's correct name) micro car that my grandfather use to drive but since he passed away (lot of years ago) my mother left it out in the rain and it rusted, not knowing it's value. Some weeks ago we decided to pull it out from his "grave" and believe me is in an awful condition. My father and i want to restore it because it's beautiful. But i have problem finding the car's designs, and spare parts, photos of the original car, etc. It has a twin cylinder 2 stork inline engine and rear wheel drive. It would be great to have some of your help because no one knows anything about it here in Greece. I would be grateful if you could provide me with your help! Yours faithfully  Andreas.

Tue Nov 23 2010
kerinvince<at>hotmaildot com
lambretta wilam c2
hi mate
i have a lambretta willam ( lawil ) like yours and just to let you know some of the parts are the same as a fiat 500 like brakes for example the only thing i cant find is the make of the engine and was wondering if you knew ? because i need some bits for my engine or if possble a 250cc engine like yours because i have the 125cc engine and it has not got enouth guts for me lol
kind regards kerin
limoges france

Mon Jun 01 2009
barry at
Lawil / Willam
Lawil 250cc microcar S4 Berlina
Does anyone know anything about Lawil / Willam
I am trying to register my Lawil 250cc in England and need to know when it was built to get the right age registration number.
Any info or contacts would be great.
Near London

Lawil Berlina A4 Microcar

Sat Nov 29 2008
barry at
Information - Contacts
Lawil A4?
I am trying to find out as much as possible about my newly purchased Lawil Berlina?.
Can you point me in the right direction?

I will let you know everything that turns up
I have found out that the Lawil is 'Sans Permis' It seems that this means that it was built for 16 year olds, OAPs and drunk drivers that did not need a permit to drive or could not afford a real car 'with Permit'
This means that I may have trouble registering it in the UK - Any info would be useful.
Let me know as soon as you find out anything else about the Lawil.
I don't know what the copyright situation is but find attached pdfs of a road test from 74.
I have jpg's which are of better quality but huge in file size (42mb).
I will try to enhance the jpg's and reduce the file size. I have got the right gear to do this but not enough time.
(the pdfs are scans of two pages from Autosport 1974, and are subject to copyright).

Tue Aug 07 2007
chris-b at
Willam micro cars
hi id like to find out if these things are economical and if i can use a van type for my work. Why are they not used over here? Are they soooo bad??
Sheffield s7

Mon Jun 11 2007
thewolfman202 at hotmaildot com
Willam Lambretta cars

I stumbled across your site looking for info on 'Wolf' Motorcycles..and was intrigued to here about the French 'Willam Lambretta cars'. 'BARRY', who placed a photo of one & a brochure, PLEASE get in touch with me on: thewolfman202 at

Thu Oct 26 2006
fjwillekens at
willam city 1969
i am in search of engine for a willam 125 cc lambretta.
is it possible to use a labretta scooterengine 125 cc?
france monpazier

Wed Jul 05 2006
glyneddie at aoldot com
Could you please give me any info on my Lambretta Willams Farmer Pick-up.I am having trouble registering it and need to know if they were imported into France from Italy. Thanks.Yours hopefully E Devanney
Doncaster, England

I took that photo earlier this year when I was considering buying the car. We moved to france in jan 2005 and a friend said he knew of the car and gave me directions to find it. As far as I know its still there waiting for me to make an offer. I asked a local enthusiast to give me some history and he sent me a copy of the catalog he owned.
Thanks Barry

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