Autobianchi  Bianchina cabriolet 1960
Lot 305
Autobianchi Bianchina cabriolet 1960
Sold for €17,250 (US$ 20,244) inc. premium

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Autobianchi Bianchina cabriolet 1960
Châssis n° 110B 122 001123

À l'origine fabricant de bicyclettes, mais probablement plus connu comme constructeur de motos de compétition raffinées, Edoardo Bianchi construisit sa première voiture au début des années 1900. Une large gamme de modèles fut construite au cours des trente années qui suivirent, mais, à partir de 1940, la marque se concentrât sur les motos et les véhicules commerciaux. La construction d'automobile reprit en 1957, sous la houlette de Fiat, le premier modèle d'Autobianchi étant la Bianchina, sur base de la nouvelle Fiat 500. Positionnée plus haut de gamme que les Fiat, la Bianchina fit ses débuts sous la forme d'un coupé Trasformabile avec toit ouvrant entièrement repliable. En dehors de sa taille, la Bianchina affichait une évidente influence américaine avec sa peinture deux tons, ses pneus à flanc blanc et sa débauche de chromes. En 1960, le moteur Fiat 500 D, plus puissant, fut immédiatement adopté par la gamme Bianchina qui s'enrichit de deux nouveaux modèles, un cabriolet et le break Panoramica. Une quatrième version, la berline Quattroposti arrivait l'année suivante.

Plus affriolante que les version Jolly sur base de Fiat 500 et 600 de Ghia, ce charmant et rare cabriolet Autobianchi Bianchina rouge avec ses bandes latérales blanches est élégamment fini, avec un intérieur en vinyl noir et blanc. Il a subi une restauration complète en Italie, achevée en 2014, et se présente en très bel état. La voiture est vendue avec une copie de l'estratto cronologico italien.

1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Cabriolet
Chassis no. 110B 122 001123

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 coupé, 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 chrome. 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. A fourth version, the Quattroposti saloon, arrived the following year.

Arguably much more elegant than Ghia's 'Jolly' derivatives of the Fiat 500 and 600, this charming and rare Autobianchi Bianchina Cabriolet is most handsomely finished in red with black side stripe, black hood and black and white vinyl interior. It has been the subject of a comprehensive restoration in Italy, which was only finished in 2014, and is presented in beautiful condition. The car is offered with a copy of the Italian Estratto Cronologico.


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