Autobianchi Runabout

Autobianchi Runabout -

The Autobianchi Runabout was designed by Marcello Gandini of Bertone and was shown at the 1969 Turin Motor Show.

The car featured a mid-mounted Fiat 128 engine and gearbox. The wedge shape design took many styling cues from contemporary power-boat designs. And the distinctive head lamps were mounted on the roll bar.

The prototype was a serious proposal at the time and became the basis for the Fiat X1/9. With its pointed shape, generous rollbars hosting the headlamps and the colours chosen by its designer, the car was aimed at a young market. The Runabout is an invitation to fun, stress-free travelling, evoking the sheer joy of driving in places where traffic is no more than a distant memory.