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.
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||Berlina (saloon)|
Panoramica (station wagon)
|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)
Initially, the car was equipped with the smallest Fiat engine, air-cooled 479 cc producing 15 PS (11 kW). In 1959, the engine power was increased to 17 PS (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 PS (15 kW). This body style featured fixed B-pillar and partial roof, as the rest of the opening was covered with foldable fabric hood, whilst the Cabriolet version had no B-pillar. The Trasformabile was the only versions to feature suicide doors and in 1962, it was replaced by a four-seat saloon. The engine and chassis were the same in both.
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.
The Bianchina was produced from 1957 to 1970, for a total volume of approximately 275,000.
|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|
|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 Special D||1962–1964||21||499||4,000|
|Berlina Special F||1965–1969||21||499||5,000|
|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