Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Panoramic Decapitation..Whoa? 1964 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica Decappottabile

In the world of "cute" cars there aren't many cars that can challenge the original Mini for being both adorable and functional in a variety of styles...but the original Fiat 500 comes close and it was available in a number of configurations, like this Panoramica Decappottabile...which I don't think was a real factory designation but sounds cool.  Find this 1964 Autobianchi Bianchini Panoramica Decappottabile offered for $7000 in Sausalito, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1964 Autobianchi Bianchini 
condition: excellent 
cylinders: other 
drive: rwd 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 17000 
paint color: blue 
size: sub-compact 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
type: hatchback 
1964 Autobianchi Bianchini Panoramica Decappottabile imported from Italy with a refinished two-tone exterior has matching reupholstered interior featuring textured vinyl and black piping. Based on the Fiat 500 Giardiniera, power comes from a 499cc air-cooled twin mated to a 4-speed manual transaxle. This model features a folding canvas sunroof as well. It is being offered with spare parts, import documents, Italian license plates, owner's manuals, a California title and current smog-free registration.
The rear seating folds-down providing a larger cargo area. 26k kilometers (16k~miles) are shown on the instrument cluster.
Mounted in the rear is a 499cc air-cooled two-cylinder engine and gearbox that are shared with the Fiat 500. The car is in good working order.
All same mechanicals as more common 1959 - 1964 Fiat 500 Fiat 600 Fiat Cinquecento -- so parts easily available.
Here's the ad from the original importer

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  1. Well DT, you are batting 1000 on things that my micro-car-partial eyes find interesting, and attractive. I love the way they used the rearmost pillars as engine cooling towers. Clever and stylish. And I am a fan of small wagons (although not usually THIS small...) so this one gets bonus points.

  2. Basically a miniature Volkswagen Squareback. I love this. Price is good and it's nearby. Wish I had the space to bring this home. Yeah, no space for even something this tiny. Bummer.

  3. A decapotable (be headable) is the French convertible. The roll back (sardine can a la 2cv) was called a decouvrable (uncoverable) - I believe this very cool mini wagon is only but a sun roof which in Italian I believ is a tetto apribile :-)


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