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My Favorite Car: '60 Bianchina 500 convertible, Robert B. Reed, St. Petersburg

'60 Bianchina 500 convertible

My favorite automobile was this Bianchina 500 convertible. I used it on business and trips to NAS Glenview, Ill., as a Navy Reserve Weekend Warrior. It was made in Italy of monocoque (no frame) construction. The salt-encrusted roads of Chicago winters eventually rusted out the bottom. I paid $1,385 for it in 1961. One month after my purchase the Fiat dealer stopped importing them and liquidated the remaining one in stock for $815! The canvas top would peel down between roll-down-windowed side panels, revealing me, a son and a large Dalmatian in pet parades. It was comfortable and safe to drive at 70 mph and got 50 mpg.

My Favorite Car: '60 Bianchina 500 convertible, Robert B. Reed, St. Petersburg 07/18/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 18, 2013 7:02pm]
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