Bonhams : 1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica Chassis no. 083239 Engine no. 237115
1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica  Chassis no. 083239 Engine no. 237115

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Lot 9
1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica

Sold for € 14,950 (US$ 16,639) inc. premium
1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica
Chassis no. 083239
Engine no. 237115
•Rare Panoramica model with sunroof
•Delivered new in Italy
•Only four owners
•Restored condition

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 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.

Delivered new in Bologna, Italy on 15th April 1966, this charming miniature estate car has had only four owners, all in Italy. In 2005 the Panoramica was bought by Valentini Emilio, an Autobianchi Specialist in Sassuolo, who began a complete restoration in 2007. Finished in blue with beige interior, the car is in generally very good condition and ready to be enjoyed. It is offered with an Italian libretto and Belgium Form 705, and is ASI certified.
1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica  Chassis no. 083239 Engine no. 237115
1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica  Chassis no. 083239 Engine no. 237115
1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica  Chassis no. 083239 Engine no. 237115
1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica  Chassis no. 083239 Engine no. 237115
1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica  Chassis no. 083239 Engine no. 237115
1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica  Chassis no. 083239 Engine no. 237115
1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica  Chassis no. 083239 Engine no. 237115
1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica  Chassis no. 083239 Engine no. 237115
1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica  Chassis no. 083239 Engine no. 237115
1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica  Chassis no. 083239 Engine no. 237115
1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica  Chassis no. 083239 Engine no. 237115
1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica  Chassis no. 083239 Engine no. 237115
1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica  Chassis no. 083239 Engine no. 237115
1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica  Chassis no. 083239 Engine no. 237115
1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica  Chassis no. 083239 Engine no. 237115
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