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Lot 159

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile

SOLD $28,000

Estimate

$50,000 - $70,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

110B.026176

Engine

1039981

Car Highlights

A Delightfully Proportioned Runabout
Right-Hand-Drive Example Delivered New in South Africa
Recent Sympathetic Restoration by Marque Expert
Just Three Owners from New
A Stylish, Upmarket Version of the Beloved Fiat Cinquecento

Technical Specs

499 CC OHV Air-Cooled Two-Cylinder Engine
Single Weber 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. Please also note that a manual and tools do not accompany the sale of this vehicle.

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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.