2022 | Pebble Beach Auctions
1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile
$65,000 - $85,000| Without Reserve
110 B *018396*
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
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
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.