1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Eden Roc Cabriolet  Chassis no. 000501

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Lot 163
1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Eden Roc Cabriolet
Chassis no. 000501

Sold for € 12,650 (US$ 15,282) inc. premium
1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Eden Roc Cabriolet
Chassis no. 000501

Footnotes

  • Cette rare 'Eden Roc' est l'une des premières voitures construites et a été immatriculée pour la première fois le 9 Juin 1960.

    Elle possède son moteur d'origine. Elle a été découverte par un éminent collectionneur de 'petite' Fiat en 2005 près de Milan, où elle était stockée depuis de nombreuses années. Le compteur affichait un kilométrage total de 47.000 kms (supposé être d'origine) et la voiture avait été conservée dans un remarquable état.

    Cette Eden Roc a ensuite été restaurée par un professionnel, avec un soin méticuleux apporté à la préservation de son originalité. Lors du décapage de la carrosserie, il a été constaté que celle-ci était en parfait état. La voiture a été entièrement mise à nu, avant d'être repeinte dans son coloris rose d'origine, couleur qui lui convient parfaitement.

    L'intérieur a été complètement refait en utilisant le rare vinyle noir et blanc d'origine. Toutes les pièces en Zamak et les éléments chromés ont été restaurés à grands frais. La partie mécanique de la restauration a été confiée à des spécialistes FIAT (Middle-Barton Garage) et le résultat de ce travail minutieux a abouti à ce qui est probablement la plus originale Eden Roc actuellement disponible.

    De plus, la voiture a reçu un nouvel embrayage.

    Elle est vendue avec des papiers d'immatriculation et un certificat de contrôle technique Anglais, ainsi que sa carte grise Italienne d'origine.



    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 excepted, exemplified by two-tone paintwork, whitewall tyres 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, which soon gained the 'Eden Roc' sobriquet, 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.

    This rare matching-numbers 'Eden Roc' is one of the earliest cars built and was first registered 9th June 1960. It was discovered near Milan in 2005 by a prominent collector of 'baby' FIATs, having remained in storage for many years. The odometer displayed a believed-genuine total of only 47,000 kilometres and the car had been preserved in remarkably original condition.

    Subsequently professionally restored with proper regard to preserving its original features, the car has been treated to a bare-metal repaint - the strip-down revealing pristine bodywork - and refinished in the original rosa (pink), a colour that suits it perfectly. The interior has been completely reassembled using the rare original black and white vinyl trim and all the original Mazak castings and chrome-plated items have been professionally refinished at great expense. Mechanical aspects of the restoration were entrusted to FIAT specialists, Middle Barton Garage and all of this painstaking work has resulted in what is probably the most original Eden Roc currently available.

    Benefiting from a new clutch, the car is offered with UK V5 registration document, current MoT and original Italian libretto.
1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Eden Roc Cabriolet  Chassis no. 000501
1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Eden Roc Cabriolet  Chassis no. 000501
1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Eden Roc Cabriolet  Chassis no. 000501
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