1963 Autobianchi Bianchina Cabriolet Beach Car   Chassis no. 004637
Lot 45
1963 Autobianchi Bianchina Cabriolet Chassis no. 004637 Engine no. 109032
€28,000 - 38,000
US$ 39,000 - 53,000
Lot Details
1963 Autobianchi Bianchina Cabriolet
Chassis no. 004637
Engine no. 109032
Originally a bicycle manufacturer and arguably best known as a maker of fine racing motorcycles, Edoardo Bianchi built his first automobile in the early 1900s. A wide variety of models was manufactured over the next 30 years, though by 1940 the firm was concentrating on motorcycles and commercial vehicles. Car manufacture resumed in 1957 under FIAT auspices, Autobianchi's debut model being the Bianchina, based on FIAT's new 500.

Positioned up-market from the FIAT, the Bianchina debuted as the Transformabile coupe, with full-length folding sunroof. The Bianchina showed clear signs of American influence, its size excepted, exemplified by two-tone paintwork, whitewall tyres and plentiful chromework. In 1960 the newly introduced and more powerful FIAT 500D engine became standard equipment on the Bianchina range which was augmented by two new models: a Cabriolet and the Panoramica estate car that used the FIAT Giardiniera's space-saving horizontally-opposed engine. A fourth version, the Quattroposti saloon, arrived the following year.

Restored at a date unknown, this charming little Bianchina cabriolet is described as in generally good condition and offered with valid Italian libretto.

Restauré à une date inconnue, ce charmant petit cabriolet Bianchina décrit comme étant en très bon état général est offert avec son libretto italien en cours de validité.

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