Autobianchi Stellina

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Autobianchi Stellina
Autobianchi Stellina spyder.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerAutobianchi
Production1964–1965
DesignerLuigi Rapi
Body and chassis
ClassSpider
Body style2-door cabrio
LayoutRR layout
RelatedFiat 600D
Powertrain
Engine767 cc I4 OHV[1]
Transmission4-speed manual[1]
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,000 mm (78.7 in) [1]
Length3,670 mm (144.5 in)[1]
Width1,430 mm (56.3 in) [1]
Curb weight660 kg (1,455 lb)[1]
Chronology
SuccessorFiat 850 Spider

The Autobianchi Stellina is a small spider from the Italian automaker, Autobianchi (a subsidiary of the Fiat group), built for only two years, 1964 and 1965. It was based on the mechanicals of the chassis Fiat 600D, but had a unique unibody structure, with the outside panels made of fibreglass reinforced plastics, based on a steel frame.[2] It was the first Italian car with a fibreglass body,[3] and one of the first in the world. Powered by Fiat 600D's rear-mounted, water-cooled 767 cc straight-4 engine, delivering 29 hp (22 kW), the Stellina had drum brakes on all four wheels.[3]

With sleek styling penned by Luigi Rapi, the Stellina was first presented as a prototype at the 1963 Turin Motor Show,[4] and went on sale a year later with a price tag of almost a million lira. Only 502 Stellinas were made until production ceased in 1965,[3][5] when Fiat launched a, slightly larger, similar Fiat 850 Spider.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "T Technical data 1963 Autobianchi Stellina". The Global Car Locator. Archived from the original on 2005-03-10. Retrieved 2006-08-04.
  2. ^ "The 60's". History of Automobile Body and Chassis - Car Body Design. Retrieved 2006-08-04.
  3. ^ a b c "Storia". Registro Autobianchi (in Italian). Archived from the original on 24 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-04.
  4. ^ "The Autobianchi information site". The Etceterini pages @ CarsFromItaly.com. Archived from the original on 2005-02-09. Retrieved 2006-08-04. (accessed via the Wayback Machine)
  5. ^ "quando le Fiat innovative erano AUTOBIANCHI". Omniauto.it (in Italian). Archived from the original on 20 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-04.