1965 Autobianchi Bianchina Cabriolet  Chassis no. 110FB 006278

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Lot 446
1965 Autobianchi Bianchina Cabriolet
Chassis no. 110FB 006278

Sold for US$ 18,135 inc. premium

Photo credit Simon Clay

1965 Autobianchi Bianchina Cabriolet
Chassis no. 110FB 006278
Originally a bicycle manufacturer and arguably best known as a maker of fine racing motorcycles, Edoardo Bianchi built his first automobile around 1900. 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 when Bianchi joined partners Fiat and Pirelli to form Autobianchi. Production commenced at a new purpose-built factory in Desio, Autobianchi's debut model being the Fiat 500-based Bianchina, named after Edoardo Bianchi's first ever automobile. The Bianchina debuted as the Transformabile coupé, with full-length folding sunroof, and showed clear signs of American influence, its size excluded, exemplified by two-tone paintwork, whitewall tires and plentiful chromework. Positioned up-market from the Fiat 500, which had been conceived as basic transportation for the impecunious masses, the Bianchina was marketed as a 'second car' or luxurious 'recreational vehicle'. Appealing strongly to affluent middle class ladies, it reflected Italian society's increasing prosperity.

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 to be followed by a brace of vans. The Autobianchi Bianchina Cabriolet is, of course, famous as the car driven by Peter Sellers' bumbling Inspector Clouseau in the original Pink Panther movie.

It would hardly be possible to have assembled such a wide array of Fiat derivatives and to have ignored the Bianchina. The example that the collectors chose was sourced in Italy in the late 1990s and is finished in a typically period 'baby' blue color. As with other cars in the collection it was selected because of how original it was. Regularly used in the summer months on Long Island's south shore, the car has been a particular favorite of the ladies in the family it is not hard to see why as it simply oozes charm from its expressive front visage to numerous little detail trims all of which are correct and original to the car.
1965 Autobianchi Bianchina Cabriolet  Chassis no. 110FB 006278
1965 Autobianchi Bianchina Cabriolet  Chassis no. 110FB 006278
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