This super-searching supermini from long-defunct Italian tag Autobianchi has come up for on-line auction
Because the first-know-how Mini solid ahead with its early gross sales success, Italian carmaker Autobianchi must enjoy been searching on with envious eyes. Its strive to scheme end a slice of the pie used to be launched in 1969 as the A112, a 3-door hatchback that feeble the identical (serve then) somewhat odd transverse engine/entrance-wheel drive layout in a slightly bigger kit.
Bertone’s Marcello Gandini, the person at the serve of the Lamborghini Miura, Countach and Diablo, used to be drafted in to full the kind, which to contemporary eyes appears to be savor a extremely agreeable mash-up between the Fiat 126 and the British Mini. Speaking of Fiat (which had offered the logo a 300 and sixty five days earlier), below the pores and skin used to be a shortened 128 Platform, while energy got here from a 903cc inline-four taken from the 850.
The Mini Cooper and Cooper S had confirmed years sooner than the A112 that tiny vehicles enjoy performance means, and it didn’t scheme end Autobianchi long to lunge down the identical route with its advent. It modified into to Fiat motorsport arm Abarth for the work, which concerned shedding in a 982cc engine with a twin-choke carburettor and a ruder utilize.
In 1975 the means used to be bumped up to 1050cc, with the energy mountain climbing to about 70bhp. Doesn’t sound savor grand, be we are talking about a automobile that weighed decrease than 700kg. Persevering with the Mini parallels extra, the A112 modified into out to make a beautiful candy rally automobile, resulting within the appearance of the one-make Campionato A112 Abarth sequence.
A112 production lasted the full device up except 1986, by which period Autobianchi had made about 1.2 million of the issues. This day, though, survivors are somewhat scarce, even serve within the A112’s native Italy. You’ve even less chance of finding on within the UK or USA the save they weren’t ever offered formally, nonetheless there are just a few kicking spherical in both countries.
The 1977 Abarth you interrogate here used to be imported to the USA somewhat these days after spending some time in storage in Italy. Earlier than being introduced at some stage within the pond it used to be handled to a respray, a reupholstered interior and a rebuilt engine that incorporates a fancier camshaft and a stainless metal utilize. The finishing contact is an oh-so-beautiful save of abode of 13-bound Campagnolo wheels. In all, the restoration designate $25,000, with receipts to present the financial disaster.
The five-digit odometer is thought to enjoy rolled over, so the overall mileage isn’t known. Currently, it’s showing as 40,000 kilometres, which is set 25,000 miles.
Currently residing in Manchester, Novel Hampshire, the A112 is available via a no-reserve auction on Bring a Trailer. Since these come up within the marketplace so infrequently, it’s hard to say how grand it would per chance well maybe lunge for. A modified A112 Junior went for appropriate below $5000 on the identical platform in 2020, while a late Abarth ‘Shatter’ offered for $9700 the 300 and sixty five days sooner than, appropriate to present you an thought.