Lot 143

2022   |   Pebble Beach Auctions

1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile

Estimate

$65,000 - $85,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

110 B *018396*

Engine

110.000*098910*

Car Highlights

A Classic Example of Mid-Century Italian Design

Coachbuilt Cinquecento Built in Collaboration Between Bianchi, Fiat, and Pirelli

Retained by One Pennsylvania Family for over Five Decades

Concours-Quality Restoration by Exotic Car Specialist Martin Logé

Striking Presentation in Original White, Black, and Red Color Scheme

Technical Specs

499 CC OHV Air-Cooled 2-Cylinder Engine

Single Weber Carburetor

17.5 BHP at 4,000 RPM

4-Speed Manual Transaxle

4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

Front Independent Suspension with Transverse Leaf Spring

Rear Swing-Axle Suspension

Register to Bid

David Brynan

Introduced to the world at the Paris Motor Show in spring 1957, the Bianchina was the first car to emerge from the newfound union between Italian industrial giants Bianchi, Fiat, and Pirelli. Featuring Fiat 500-based mechanicals, lovely rear-hinged doors, unique trim, and luxurious appointments, the Bianchina was essentially a coachbuilt custom at an attainable price. As a result, the diminutive car soon earned a reputation as the “rich man’s Fiat Cinquecento.”

Available in a variety of styles, from fashionable to functional, the Bianchina remained in production for more than a decade. Perhaps the most desirable Bianchina variant is the elegant Trasformabile, distinguished by its sliding canvas roof. Approximately 35,500 examples were built between 1957 and 1962, accounting for just 1% of the entire Fiat 500 production run.

The elegant little Trasformabile presented here is the happy result of a comprehensive show-quality restoration commissioned by the consignor, a Southern Californiabased collector who has owned several of these Italian jewels. The restoration effort was overseen by noted Maserati specialist Martin Logé of JML Restorations in Santa Barbara, California, and the car presents beautifully today finished in white and black over two-tone red and cream upholstery. Detailed to concours standards, this Autobianchi is a splendid example of mid-century Italian styling. Rarely found in such fine condition, this Trasformabile is sure to reward its new caretaker with its unique charms and magnetic appeal.

*Please note that this vehicle is titled as a Fiat.