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Lot 185 - 1959 Bianchina Transformabile

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€18,000

Auction Techno Classica April 2017
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Lot Number 185
Reg. Number EU Taxes Paid
Chassis Number 007953
Year 1959
Make Bianchina
Model Transformabile

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Description

Founded in 1899 by Eduardo Bianchi, the Bianchi Company made vehicles for 56 years. These included full-size cars, tanks and trucks with Mercedes engines. The factory was destroyed during the war and he had been unable to recover. In 1955, Milanese industrialist Ferrucio Quintavalle organized a new company involving Bianchi, Fiat, and the Pirelli Tire Company, called Autobianchi SpA. Trucks would continue to be manufactured by the firm, and motorcycles would be manufactured by Eduardo Bianchi SpA.

Two years later, at the Milan show, the first car to carry the name Autobianchi arrived. The Bianchina Transformabile (Convertible) was one of the first adaptations of the 500 Nuova, using its chassis, engine, and transmission, but with a very attractively styled coupe body with a roll-back roof, reminiscent of the French Vespa 400.

The 1960 Geneva show saw the debut of what was arguably the prettiest of all the models, the Bianchina Special Convertible. It was a little luxury car, with a luxury price, and it was immediately accepted by the fashionable jet setters as a second car or runabout. Designer Luigi Rapi drew a well-proportioned shape highlighted by a strong accent in the form of a side spear chrome moulding. Interior fittings were more attractive. The indicators were fitted separately below the headlights, not on the bumper guards. The cooling slots on the side below the doors and the chrome borders below the body edge were eliminated. The windscreen was more angular. The model went through three series with minor alterations and improvements.

This lovely Bianchina Transformabile is presented in a bi-colour combination and it is in original configuration. Coming from a private collection, this car is in amazing condition, he remained in the hands of his last owner for 20 years and was always kept in a garage and was used only on Sundays or at  car meetings. This car is sold on a bill of sale. These are popular little cars that have become very sought after recently.


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