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<p>Filed under: <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/timewarp/" rel="tag">Classics</a>, <a /category/convertibles/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/convertibles/" rel="tag">Convertible</a>, <a /category/economy/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/economy/" rel="tag">Budget</a>, <a /category/euro/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/euro/" rel="tag">Europe</a>, <a /category/videos/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/videos/" rel="tag">Videos</a></p><a href="/2013/09/20/bianchina-petrolicious-video/#continued"><img alt="1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile" src="http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/adam/3915cc677c7981fd10a9d91c6d85c47d/Screen-Shot-2013-09-20-at-3.22.56-PM.jpg" data-mep="9441" /></a><br /><br />In the 1950s and 1960s, America was filled with big, V8-powered land yachts, with brutal straight-line speed and questionable handling. Europe, on the other hand, was filled with interesting, characterful superminis like this Autobianchi Bianchina. (Ok, so we're generalizing a little... roll with it.) Based on the <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/fiat/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/fiat/500/'>/fiat/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/fiat/500/">Fiat 500</a> and originally unveiled in 1957, the Bianchina was available in a variety of bodystyles, ranging from sedan, to cabriolet, to van.<br /><br />This particular example, being profiled by <em><a href="http://www.petrolicious.com/videos/">Petrolicious</a>, </em>is 1959 Trasformabile and is owned by Annalisa Maniscalco. The adorable convertible has all of 18 horsepower - it's the second most potent Bianchina model ever made - courtesy of a 479cc, rear-mounted <a /fiat/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/fiat/">Fiat</a> engine. According to Maniscalco, it can only go about 50 kilometers per hour (31 miles per hour), but when it's this cool (suicide doors!), who cares? Take a look <a href="/2013/09/20/bianchina-petrolicious-video/#continued">below</a> for the latest from the team at <em>Petrolicious.</em><p><a /2013/09/20/bianchina-petrolicious-video/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/09/20/bianchina-petrolicious-video/" rel="bookmark">Continue reading <em>Bianchina is the Italian car you never knew you always wanted</em></a></p><p style="padding:5px;background:#ddd;border:1px solid #ccc;clear:both;"><a /2013/09/20/bianchina-petrolicious-video/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/09/20/bianchina-petrolicious-video/">Bianchina is the Italian car you never knew you always wanted</a> originally appeared on <a href="http://www.autoblog.com">Autoblog</a> on Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:01:00 EST. Please see our <a href="http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/">terms for use of feeds</a>.</p><h6 style="clear: both; padding: 8px 0 0 0; height: 2px; font-size: 1px; border: 0; margin: 0; padding: 0;"></h6><a /2013/09/20/bianchina-petrolicious-video/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/09/20/bianchina-petrolicious-video/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to this entry">Permalink</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/forward/20726233/" title="Send this entry to a friend via email">Email this</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a /2013/09/20/bianchina-petrolicious-video/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/09/20/bianchina-petrolicious-video/#comments" title="View reader comments on this entry">Comments</a><div class="feedflare">

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