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Lot 124

2014   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2014

1961 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile

SOLD $104,500

Estimate

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

Chassis

020270

Car Highlights

A Classic Example of Mid-Century Italian Design
Multiple Award-Winning Concours-Quality Restoration
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 Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension by Transverse Leaf Springs
Rear Swing Axle Suspension

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note this vehicle is titled as a Fiat.

Register to Bid

Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours, Carmel, California, August 2013 (First in Class)Concorso Italiano, Monterey, California, August 2013 (First in Class and Finalist for Best of Show)Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance, Beverly Hills, California, May 2014

Introduced to the world at the Paris Auto Salon in spring 1957, the Bianchina was the first car to emerge from the new found union between 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. This Autobianchi was sold new in California, one of a pair bought by two brothers to tow behind their motor homes. Decades later, this Bianchina resurfaced as a true barn find, and was restored from the ground up by Patrick Swanson of Swan Restorations. A testament to its meticulous, period-correct presentation, this Trasformabile won its class in its first two concours outings and narrowly missed Best of Show honors at Concorso Italiano.

Accompanied by a tool kit, jack, and owner’s manual, 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.