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*Please note that this vehicle is titled as a Fiat. Please also note that a manual and tools do not accompany the sale of this vehicle.
Among the most attractive of the postwar microcar genre, Autobianchi’s diminutive boulevardier, the Bianchina Trasformabile, was a perfectly proportioned two-seater that featured a fabric roof panel that slid open to the sky. Based mechanically on the proven platform of the Fiat 500, the Bianchina was available in several body designs, but the open-topped Trasformabile was perhaps the prettiest. Distinctively styled by Luigi Rapi, an estimated 10,000 examples in three series were produced between 1957 and 1962.
This rare right-hand-drive Trasformabile was sold new in South Africa; early in its life, it was acquired by an American missionary who brought it to the US and enjoyed it for more than 50 years. Searching for such a vehicle, the current owner contacted noted microcar authority Theo Sahli in Costa Mesa, California. Sahli brokered the purchase of what he found to be a particularly strong example. Over a six-month period in 2017, Sahli completed a sympathetic restoration, including a high-quality repaint in the car’s original red and cream. The exterior is complemented by a matching leatherette interior and a white folding roof panel. This Trasformabile’s instruments were rebuilt by North Hollywood Speedometer, and it is accompanied with period-correct spare, tools, jack, and manual.
This charming and well-presented Trasformabile offers an opportunity to enjoy a rare right-hand-drive example of Autobianchi’s upscale microcar.