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1967 Autobianchi Bianchina Berlina For Sale by Auction

Eduardo Bianchi founded his company in 1855 to manufacture bicycles. As was so often the case, the lure of the motorcar was too great to resist, the company’s first four-wheeled product, the Bianchina, rolling along the streets of Abruzzi in central Italy in 1899.

Manufacturing high quality, slightly sporting cars in relatively low volumes, they survived through to World War Two when their factory was destroyed in a bombing raid. Eduardo was subsequently killed in a car crash in 1946, the business, such as it was, passing to his son Giuseppe. He instigated a move to Desio in the north of Italy, building a new factory which concentrated on motorcycles, commercial vehicles and bicycles.

Giuseppe had always wanted to resume car manufacture, but realised that he couldn’t do it on his own. In 1955, a three-way deal between Bianchi, Pirelli and Fiat was signed to produce a Fiat 500-based luxury mini-car, the first one rolling off the lines in 1957.

Called the Bianchina after the firm’s first car, it was aimed at the increasingly affluent middle classes, who craved something a bit more up-market than a standard Fiat 500. Beautifully styled by Luigi Rapi, the new car was the prettiest thing on four wheels and soon put severe pressure on the competition from Vignale and Moretti who also used Fiat underpinnings in their distinctive coachbuilt models.

It was available in a number of configurations, including two- and four-door saloons, a Panoramica estate, Furgoncino van and a Transformabile convertible, the company continuing to supply up-market small cars until it was absorbed into the Fiat group in 1968, the final A112 model remaining in production right up until 1986.

This gorgeous 1967 Bianchina 110FB two-door berlina reputedly had just three Italian owners from new, all in the Brindisi area prior to the vendor acquiring it in 2017. It was advertised as having been fully restored by brothers Gabrielle and Flavio Denitto of Mesagne in 2015/16 and the 36,478kms on the clock is believed to be correct.

As you can see the car is in lovely order throughout with eye-catching pistachio green paintwork and has now been UK registered NSC 235F (which will replace the private plate shown in the photos). Although the brothers Denitto had done a cracking job of the already rust-free bodywork, the vendor took the car to marque experts Middle Barton Garage where they worked their magic, treating the engine and running gear to a full rebuild as well as a full suspension overhaul.

Since then, it has made appearances at the 30th London to Brighton Classic car run and the four-day National Microcar rally in Somerset late last year. More recently the vendor’s local garage have fitted a new petrol tank and given it an MOT which expires in 2020.

Receipts on file for work over and above the original purchase price exceed £10,000 which makes this delightful and distinctive Fiat 500 alternative look something of a steal at its modest guide price.

*** Please note: The vehicles included in this auction are not available to purchase from Brightwells before the sale.***

Estimate £7,000 - £9,000

This car will be sold at the Brightwells Classic Car Auction in Leominster commencing at 11am on Wednesday 4th March 2020 along with many other classic vehicles, some at no reserve.
For more pictures and a full description, please visit www . brightwells . com and click on ‘Classic Motoring’. Please get in touch if you wish to enter your own vehicle.
Price £7000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Classic Cars
Make Autobianchi
Model Bianchina Berlina
Year 1967
Country UK
Region Herefordshire
Telephone 01568 597973
Status Trade
Date 22-Jan-2020
Ref C1194679

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