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Lot 123

2018   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2018

1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile

SOLD $50,600

Estimate

$75,000 - $85,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

110B.010713

Engine

110.000.056264

Car Highlights

Beautifully Preserved Matching-Numbers Example
Centerpiece of AACA Museum Display in Hershey, Pennsylvania
Rare and Original Coral and Black Color Combination
Kept by Original California Owner for 47 Years, with Just Two Enthusiast Owners Since
One of the Most Attractive and Distinctive Microcars Ever Produced

Technical Specs

499 CC OHV Air-Cooled 2-Cylinder Engine
Single Weber 26 IMB1 Carburetor
17 BHP at 4,600 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Transverse Leaf Spring
Rear Independent Suspension with Coil Springs and Semi-Trailing Arms

Saleroom Addendum

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

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The 499 cc Autobianchi was originally marketed as an elegantly reimagined version of Fiat’s ubiquitous Cinquecento to serve the burgeoning postwar Italian upper class. Only 1,500 of these microcars were built, and relatively few came to the US, but this shining example was sold new to an aspiring actress named Lorraine Livingston in Southern California.

Originally painted in Corallo (Coral 135) and Nero (Black 601), as it is today, the impish car was owned by Ms. Livingston for 47 years. In 2006, it was sold to a gentleman in Pennsylvania, and three years ago he orchestrated a top-end engine rebuild. The exterior coral panels were expertly repainted, the chrome was renewed, and a black OEM folding top was installed. In 2016, the Bianchina was prominently displayed at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in its micro- and mini-cars exhibit. The third, and current, owner acquired the Autobianchi in 2016 and returned it to California. Fitted with the original engine that matches the number printed on the car’s identification plate, this sweetheart has just over 29,000 miles, and the consignor states that the black exterior paint and interior finishes remain original and appear in very good condition, as does the caramel upholstery. Original California black plates, original jack and tools, and the factory Magneti Marelli ignition key are included.

Proving that great things come in small packages, this beautifully presented Bianchina is among the loveliest surviving, well-preserved examples of the model.