1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile Coupé  Chassis no. 110B-017190

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Lot 102
1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile Coupé

Sold for € 17,250 (US$ 19,559) inc. premium
1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile Coupé
Chassis no. 110B-017190
•Rare 1st Series model
•Full-length folding sunroof
•Recently restored
•Registered in Italy


Footnotes

  • 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, two new models were introduced: a Cabriolet and the Panoramica estate car, while 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 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile is a rare 1st Series model, easily distinguishable by the two front air intakes below the indicators. According to the vendor, it has recently benefited from a comprehensive restoration and as such is described as in generally excellent condition. Beautifully finished in light blue with white/red vinyl interior, the car is offered with Italian registration documents, and will surely turn heads wherever it goes.

    Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile coupé 1959
    Châssis n° 110B-017190

    •Rare modèle de la 1e série
    •Toit ouvrant sur toute la longueur
    •Restauration récente
    •Immatriculée en Italie

    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 concentra 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 son abondance de chromes. En 1960, la gamme Bianchina s'enrichit de deux nouveaux modèles, un cabriolet et le break Panoramica, tandis qu'une quatrième version, la berline Quattroposti arrivait l'année suivante.

    Sans conteste plus élégante que les versions Jolly sur base de Fiat 500 et 600 de Ghia, cette charmante Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile est un rare modèle de la 1e série, facilement identifiable à ses deux prises d'air sous les clignotants. Selon le vendeur, elle a subi récemment une restauration complète et se trouve dans un excellent état général. Bleu clair avec intérieur en vinyl rouge et blanc, ce magnifique exemplaire est vendu avec ses papiers d'immatriculation italienne et fera tourner les têtes partout où il apparaitra.
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1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile Coupé  Chassis no. 110B-017190
1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile Coupé  Chassis no. 110B-017190
1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile Coupé  Chassis no. 110B-017190
1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile Coupé  Chassis no. 110B-017190
1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile Coupé  Chassis no. 110B-017190
1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile Coupé  Chassis no. 110B-017190
1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile Coupé  Chassis no. 110B-017190
1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile Coupé  Chassis no. 110B-017190
1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile Coupé  Chassis no. 110B-017190
1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile Coupé  Chassis no. 110B-017190
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