Lot 262 - 1973 Bianchi Autobianchi 500 Giardiniera
|Odometer reading||70,761 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £10,000|
The Nuova 500 was designed by Dante Giacosa, the man also responsible for its predecessor, the Cinquecento or Topolino (little mouse) as the public immediately christened it. The Nuova is a masterpiece of packaging; the rear-wheel drive, rear-engined layout leaving a remarkably uncluttered cabin with adequate room for four passengers, despite the diminutive length of just 9.7ft. At its introduction in 1957, the little Fiat was powered by a twin-cylinder engine of 479cc and just 13bhp but by the time of the later 500F the capacity had grown to 499cc and the output to 22bhp - sufficient for a maximum speed of around 60mph combined with a fuel consumption of over 50mpg. In 1967, Autobianchi commenced building the Giardiniera (Estate) in Desio, Italy.
Registered in the UK on 24th May, 1978, this Autobianchi Giardiniera is a delightful example. The white bodywork is in good order as is the black interior trim. A fully opening single rear door makes this a useable estate and the full length sunroof is a very useful and stylish option. We are advised she starts and runs well; the vendor is somewhat particular in how he maintains his cars. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 29th March 2018, this Giardiniera would be a great addition to an Italian restaurant that does local deliveries.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.