Buon Giorno Tutti! Another RAOK from sunny California to show here: The Autobianchi Runabout, a concept from Bertone. This concept was in fact the start for Fiat’s decision to create the X1/9, as told by Small Scale Sydney told us when he showed his Norev X1/9.

It’s actual design was done by Marcello Gandini and he got quite the inspiration from the motorboat world. More exactly the racing speedboats from that era. And the weirdest things on this concept were those rectangle things sticking out the roll over bar on both left and right.

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You’d expect them to be air-inlets for the mid placed FIAT 128 engine. But they most certainly were not. Those were it’s... Headlights!

It was presented at the 1969 Turin Motor Show and evidently wasn’t all that serious. I’ve always loved it’s wickedness and I’m a big fan of Gandini, it might be a small miracle this concept eventually lead to some sort of production vehicle meant for some masses. As Marcello actually expected the drivers of these to wear helmets. And onesies.

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And, according to some sources, it was meant to be amphibious. No idea how it was supposed to be propelled when in water because there’s no propeller what soever. Not on the model either. There is a rectangular exhaust pipe on the right, just like the 1:1 had.

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The model is a Corgi Toys 1/43. As it is a somewhat vintage cast I thought I’d try once again to shoot with some old glass. Gives a nice soft focus. Not all pictures were taken this way though.

Could be a bit fuzzy due to some alcohol as well as the Carnival/Mardi gras festivities were attended yesterday and these were shot afterwards. Enough reasons to keep it short today. Although once again I’m amazed how in the old days so many casts of concepts were introduced as a toy. I feel this hardly happens nowadays.

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Ciao Tutti! E Grazie Mille signore Jonee!