'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.