HUGE price cut! Truly rare and professionally restored classic. The Autobianchi Bianchina is a super-mini produced by the Italian automaker Autobianchi, based on the Fiat 500. It was available in various configurations: Berlina (saloon), Cabriolet (roadster), Trasformabile (semi-convertible), Panoramica (station wagon), and Furgoncino (van). The Milan based Bianchi Company produced vehicles for 56 years that included large and small cars, motorcycles, tanks (in support of the war efforts), and trucks. In 1955 it merged with Pirelli and Fiat to become Autobianchi SpA and produced Fiat 500-based cars. They were basically an in-house custom body builder used by Fiat to compete with the numerous aftermarket kit suppliers. In September of 1957, they introduced their Bianchina Trasformabile. The car was presented to the public on September 16, 1957 at the Museum of Science and Technology in Milan. Initially, the car was equipped with the smallest Fiat engine, an air-cooled 479 cc producing 15 HP. In 1959, the engine power was increased to 17 HP and in 1960, the cabriolet version was launched. In the same year, the semi-convertible Trasformabile, whose engine cylinder capacity was increased to 499 cc (18 HP), was made available in a special version (Speciale) with bicolor paint and an engine enhanced to 21 HP. The Trasformabile featured fixed B-pillar and partial roof, as the rest of the opening was covered with foldable fabric hood. The Trasformabile was the only version to feature suicide doors.
This particular car is a Trasformabile Series 2 Speciale with the 499 cc engine producing 21 HP; it was built in 1960 and first registered in the US in 1961. 10,000 of this model were produced from 1959-1960, of which 200 were sent to the US. Movie producer/director George Lucas was given a Bianchina by his father when he was in high school. Long before Lucas became obsessed with film making, he wanted to be a race-car driver, and he spent most of his high school years racing on the underground circuit at fairgrounds and hanging out at garages. On June 12, 1962, while driving his souped-up Bianchina, another teenage driver broadsided him, flipping his car several times, nearly killing him at 18, causing him to lose interest in racing as a career (see photos on our website).
The car offered here has just completed a 5-year restoration using top body, paint and upholstery shops in the area, and the well-known C. Obert & Co in Santa Cruz, CA. The two-tone red and white paint job gives the little car a touch of elegance while the red and white interior completes the package. Showing beautifully inside and out, and with fuel economy in the 50+ miles per gallon range and top speed claimed by original sales brochures as "over 55 miles per hour", this stylish microcar awaits its next owner to stretch its little legs and show all those folks in Smart Cabrios what a real city car is! Offered at $39,500. Same model sold at auction August 2016 for $65,000. Go to www.mycaruy-sf.com for a 12-photo slide show.
Engine: 499cc 2-cyliner, 21 HP
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Colors: two-tone red & white inside and out
Odometer: 72,250 miles
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