Wednesday, March 26, 2014

15k: Autobianchi From Norway: 1977 Lancia A112 Abarth

The Autobianchi A112 was a supermini built by a joint venture between an automaker (Fiat), tire company (Pirelli) and bicycle maker (Bianchi).  The all Italian trio built a handful of models starting in 1955, mostly higher end versions of Fiat offerings that often showcased new or innovative technology (front wheel drive, fiberglass body elements, etc).  In 1969 Bianchi was fully incorporated into the Fiat SpA corporate monster (folks often forget that Fiat owns Ferrari, Maserati, Lancia, Alfa Romeo...Chrysler) and the Autobianchi name was used to market versions of the Lancia product in Italy, but retained the Lancia name elsewhere.  Today's Autobianchi was born as the A122 Abarth version in Norway, hence the Lancia emblem, but has managed to find its way through Ellis Island and into the New World.  Find this 1977 Lancia A112 Abarth offered for $17,000 buy-it-now on ebay with 9 days to go.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

This is a 4th generation Lancia A112 but it was given the Abarth treatment from Fiat's motorsports division when new.  The Abarth versions are reportedly twitchy cars for front-drivers and are known for being only seconds from the nearest telephone pole or ditch at any time.  Sounds like fun.

The standard 48 horsepower 4-banger is ditched in favor of a 1.0 liter version putting out 70 horsepower, which may not seem like much until you consider the Lancia's 1500 lb curb weight.  Roller skate or go-kart?

Inside the driver is surrounded by only the best Italian grade plastic from the 1970s and a hilarious looking shifter that connects you to 5 close ratio forward gears.  It may look funny, but that shifter is your link to fun in this hot hatch. 

Some rust bubbling through the paint above the rear tail light reminds you that this is an Italian car that has lived in Norway, UK and New Jersey.  Please...someone in Arizona or the Sahara the sheet metal...


  1. Love the on-board fire suppression system.

  2. Bolt-on fender flares, matte black hood, hood scoop... and 70 horsepower. I want one. And not just because it has the same wheel design as an F40.

  3. The BAT guys go nuts for these things. I never understood them. They look like any run of the mill 1980s Escort or Tercel or other econobox shitbox.

    $17,000 for a car that looks like malaise? No thanks.

  4. Abnmike, you answered your own question. It's not about how they look, but how they drive. The BAT guys are very seasoned in trying all sorts of cars and know which ones are best. Believe it or not it's more fun than a Chevy.

  5. AbnMike-like some of the other car site guys and many of the readers of DT (including yourself) we've owned a wide variety of cars. I think the biggest difference is many of us tend to be more about function/dollar and less full of ourselves. Its all about which apple you're comparing that orange too. I think you and I may see it the same way.. if I'm going to spend another $17K , would it be this one or would it be (fill in your most recent two cars you've purchased). A Bavaria and a Corvair convertible would work for me. But then, if unique is all you seek... Cars are like women,every one has their own taste (intentional sic)

  6. I'd take this for a drive, but no way would I buy it. Serious butterface.


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