Autobianchi Bianchina

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Autobianchi Bianchina
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Overview
Manufacturer Autobianchi
Production 1957–1970
Designer Luigi Rapi
Body and chassis
Class City car
Body style Berlina (saloon)
Cabriolet (roadster)
Trasformabile (convertible)
Panoramica (station wagon)
Furgoncino (van)
Layout RR layout
Related Fiat 500
Powertrain
Engine 479 cc ohv straight-2 15-17 hp
499 cc ohv straight-2 18-22 hp
Transmission 4-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 1,840 mm (72 in) (All)
1,940 mm (76 in) (Panoramica)
Length 3,020 mm (119 in) (Berlina, Cabriolet)
2,985 mm (117.5 in) (Transformabile)
3,225 mm (127.0 in) (Panoramica)
Width 1,340 mm (53 in) (All)
Height 1,320 mm (52 in) (All)
1,330 mm (52 in) (Panoramica)
Curb weight 530 kg (1,170 lb) (Berlina)
510 kg (1,120 lb) (Transformabile)
585 kg (1,290 lb) (Panoramica)
535 kg (1,179 lb) (Cabriolet)
Chronology
Successor Autobianchi A112

The Autobianchi Bianchina is a minicar produced by the Italian automaker Autobianchi, based on the Fiat 500. It was available in various configurations: Berlina (saloon), Cabriolet (roadster), Trasformabile (convertible), Panoramica (station wagon), and Furgoncino (van). The car was presented to the public on 16 September 1957 at the Museum of Science and Technology in Milan.

Initially, the car was equipped with the smallest Fiat engine, air-cooled 479 cc producing 15 hp (11 kW). In 1959, the engine power was increased to 17 hp (13 kW) and in 1960, the cabriolet version was launched.

In the same year, the Trasformabile, whose engine cylinder capacity was increased to 499 cc (18 hp), was made available in a Special version with bicolour paint and an engine enhanced to 21 hp (16 kW). Transformabile featured fixed B-pillar and partial roof, as the rest of the opening was covered with foldable fabric hood. Cabriolet version had no B-pillar. Also this was the only version to feature suicide doors. In 1962, the Trasformabile was replaced by a 4-seat saloon. The engine and chassis were the same as in the Trasformabile.

In 1965, a minor facelift was made. In France, the models were sold under different names: the Berlina became the Lutèce, the Familiare the Texane, and the Trasformabile was marketed as the Eden Roc.[1]

Production[edit]

The Bianchina was produced from 1957 to 1970, for a total volume of approximately 275,000. From 1970 to 1977, the model name was Giardiniera, which only existed in station wagon and van variations. The model was gradually replaced by the A112.

Model Years produced Power (bhp) Capacity (cc) Production
Trasformabile series 1 1957–1958 15 479 17,000
Trasformabile series 2 1959–1960 16.5 479 10,000
Trasformabile series 3 1961–1962 17.5 499 7,000
Trasformabile Special 1959–1962 21 499 1,500
Cabriolet series 1 1960 21 499 1,050
Cabriolet series 2 D 1961–1964 21 499 5,500
Cabriolet series 3 F 1965–1969 21 499 2,750
Berlina D 1962–1964 17.5 499 26,500
Berlina F 1965–1969 18 499 33,500
Berlina Special D 1962–1964 21 499 4,000
Berlina Special F 1965–1969 21 499 5,000
Panoramica D 1960–1964 17.5 499 75,000
Panoramica F 1965–1969 17.5 499 85,000
Panoramica sun roof 1960–1969 17.5 499
Furgoncino van, low roof 1965–1970 17.5 499
Furgonetta van, tall roof 1970–1977 17.5 499

Source: Club Bianchina and Bianchina Classic Club

References[edit]

  1. ^ Catalogue Salon de l'Auto 68 (in french) (Paris: Europe Auto) (16): 11. 1968. 

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