Lancia Autobianchi Profile

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Lancia Autobianchi General Information

Autobianchi was for a long time more or less an independent car producer and not at all a model of the Lancia range. Autobianchi was the cars division of Italy's bicycle giant Bianchi. Founded by Edoardo Bianchi, bicycles, even posh and racing ones, was always Bianchi's main business.

Bianchi's auto division "Autobianchi" mainly worked in cooperation with Fiat, contributing to Fiat developments. Even being a very small car manufacturer, Autobianchi produced maybe not in big numbers, but they produced some real classics. The Bianchini was maybe still a questionable effort, but the Primula was a 1960s mini coupé-estate, 3-door with two-part rear side windows, a real unique car (the later DAF 44 was a little on the lines of the Primula). It followed the A111, which was a for Autobianchi big saloon and was yet again full of character. The A111 was basically of Fiat 124 size but in design it seemed to strongly borrow from the much larger Fiat 130 saloon. Plus in contrast to all Fiat saloons at the time the A111 actually was FWD. And then the A112 an independent design small car with a very characterful and nice kink in the tailgate, maybe a bit like a mini Simca 1100. The A112 was by far the best selling car Autobianchi ever produced.

Bianchi is still a bicycle giant today but its car division has been taken over by Lancia and the now so famous Lancia Ypsilon followed into the foot steps of exactly the Autobianchi A112. In fact, the direct successor of the Autobianchi A112 was marketed as Autobianchi Y10 as well as Lancia Y10, but was essentially a Lancia design. The Y10 was also very characterful, but a totally different character and more expensive compared to the A112. The A112 was produced for 17 years and over 1.2 Million of them were sold, figures of which the Y10 could only dream of. Still, this is why I found it convenient to list the car as a Lancia rather than creating a whole rally history around the Autobianchi brand.

The A112 had never any works support in rallying, it was never a success in rallying, but it wasn't the worst either. It was a small, nippy budget car and therefore it was far from useless for an amateur rally driver. We cover it because it gave career starts to people like Bruno Saby and Francois Delecour. And you might even find a few more surprises with it, with driver names as Carlo Capone, Fabrizio Tabaton, Michèle Mouton and many more... a well respected car and all for the right reasons!

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Lancia Autobianchi Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Lancia Autobianchi A112 (0-0) 90/6600 87/4100 3231.1480.1360 700 (10) FWD (2038)

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Lancia Autobianchi Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
26th. 1986 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo P. Pagani . UNKNOWN #122 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
24th. 1977 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo M. Mouton F. Conconi #37 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
19th. 1977 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo C. Laurent J. Marché #56 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
61st. 1977 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo P. Pagani X. Carlotti #59 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
20th. 1977 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Malcher F. Chatriot #62 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
15th. 1977 WRC Tour de Corse P. Pagani X. Carlotti #52 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
22nd. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Malcher . UNKNOWN #50 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
22nd. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo C. Dacremont Y. Vanoni #61 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
24th. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo G. Pianta . UNKNOWN #71 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
25th. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo M. Hoepfner C. Fourton #58 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
36th. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo C. Laurent J. Marché #47 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
51st. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo B. Saby . UNKNOWN #53 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Lancia Autobianchi Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1986 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo M. Hoepfner . UNKNOWN #125 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1980 WRC Acropolis Rally M. Cinotto E. Mussa #139 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1979 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Cinotto E. Mussa #174 [UNKNOWN] SS17 clutch
Ret. 1978 WRC Rally of Great Britain F. Tabaton . UNKNOWN #73 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1978 WRC Rally of Great Britain C. Capone . UNKNOWN #74 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1978 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo P. Pagani X. Carlotti #28 [UNKNOWN] SS20 crash
Ret. 1978 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo B. Saby . UNKNOWN #23 [UNKNOWN] SS19 radiator
Ret. 1977 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo C. Trautmann . UNKNOWN #65 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1976 WRC Tour de Corse P. Pagani X. Carlotti #92 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Paganelli N. Russo #20 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine