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1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile - Jay Leno’s Garage

Published on Apr 14, 2019 202,154 views

Peter Lenkov, Executive Producer of "Hawaii Five-0," "MacGyver," and "Magnum P.I.," shares his beloved Italian beach cruiser with Jay!
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1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile - Jay Leno’s Garage

Jay Leno's Garage

  • Dangaio
    Dangaio 2 месяца назад You can probably tell the difference in performance with and without the cameras attached
  • hutchcraftcp
    hutchcraftcp 2 месяца назад those two guys weigh more than a family of 5 from 1960 Italy.
  • El Cheapo
    El Cheapo 2 месяца назад "I feel like a circus bear!" What are you Jay, a comedian? 😂
  • Scooter George
    Scooter George Неделю назад @Keye T - Cool! : D (big grin)
  • Keye T
    Keye T Неделю назад Scooter George it means i found that extremely funny
  • Scooter George
    Scooter George Неделю назад @Keye T What is "imaoo" in English?
  • Keye T
    Keye T Неделю назад lmaoo
  • 4by Camper
    4by Camper 1 месяц назад Jay doesn't get in... he puts it on one leg at a time.
  • Scooter George
    Scooter George 1 месяц назад A "Stand-up" comedian but was SITTING when he cracked the joke. Talk about multi-talent!
    TORITO LGLV 2 месяца назад One of the cutest cars/power wheel awesome, i like this better than fancy cars. In my opinion thank you
  • yamahonkawazuki
    yamahonkawazuki 3 недели назад @C W agreed. love this thing
  • Luis G
    Luis G 3 недели назад C W are you enough macho to make feel a twink like a woman ? 😂
  • C W
    C W 2 месяца назад I agree with you 100%. I'm a big Macho 6ft 2, 265 lb conservative jacked up truck driving sob and I would love to own this car. What a little sweetheart. Such a cool car. It's great to be able to appreciate the beauty and things that we might not necessarily first be drawn to
  • thor8640
    thor8640 2 месяца назад In Italy the countryside was RHD while cities were LHD until 1927. Rome changed to RHD in 1924 and Milan in 1926. Alfa Romeo and Lancia did produce RHD cars until as late as 1950 and 1953 respectively only to special order, as many drivers favoured the RHD layout. RHD offered the driver a clearer view of the edge of the road in mountainous regions at a time when many such roads lacked barriers or walls. Trucks with RHD were produced into the 60's for the Italian market
  • Gregory Timmons
    Gregory Timmons 3 недели назад How handy. Which side you drove depended on where you were in Italy. What could possibly go wrong.
  • MichaelKingsfordGray
    MichaelKingsfordGray 2 месяца назад @Arayig1982 Yes, that much is what I refer to as a "just so" story. Rudyard Kipling was a master of them. Yet they are based purely on mildly imaginative speculation, an ZERO facts. Much as is your anonymous name. I usually choose not to respond to anonymous posters, and you are merely reinforcing that urge. I request that you please cease responding to me.
  • Arayig1982
    Arayig1982 2 месяца назад @MichaelKingsfordGray the way wagons would pass though towns, Napoleon brought in the opposite direction of movement which they say was based upon a way a soldier would carry a sword and shield, well ole napoleon was a southpaw.
  • MichaelKingsfordGray
    MichaelKingsfordGray 2 месяца назад @Arayig1982 Can Napoleon instigate left-hand-drive? 'Corsican!
  • 7A
    7A 2 месяца назад reminds me of Bullwinkle's Mr. Know-it-all.
  • MrGrentch
    MrGrentch 2 месяца назад Oh certainly A. Based on a Lola IIRC and there were engineering reasons in the mix too, but the whole RHD and European racetracks was a thing well into the 1960's because it was thought to be advantageous. Look at Jay's Bugattis with racing history. RHD. @Arayig1982
  • Arayig1982
    Arayig1982 2 месяца назад @MrGrentch Ford GT40 was an English sports car, hence rwd. The mark IV variant was American Ford however.
  • MrGrentch
    MrGrentch 2 месяца назад You also see RHD in sports cars from Italy well into the 60's. The luxury touring cars would be be LHD, the weekend racers RHD. Not just from Italy. If you look at the Ford GT40 they're RHD(with the gear shift on the right like a LHD). The usual reason given is that European race tracks nearly always run clockwise so RHD gives better visibility and weight distribution in corners(IIRC over in the States most course run anticlockwise?).
  • Arayig1982
    Arayig1982 2 месяца назад @MichaelKingsfordGray and lhd was invented by Napoleon who was a lefty.
  • Teemoos
    Teemoos 2 месяца назад Thats very confusing 🤣
  • MichaelKingsfordGray
    MichaelKingsfordGray 2 месяца назад RHD was invented by the Romans!
  • Brad Caldwell
    Brad Caldwell 2 месяца назад Jay owns Miuras, a P1, and all kinds of other exotica, but he still appreciates the joy of a basic automobile. Definitely my kind of guy. Well done, Jay!
  • GDrift
    GDrift 2 месяца назад (изменено) I’m from Italy and my grandpa had a few of those when he was young, these cars were made in desio, a city near were I live. It’s a really special car and it’s very near to my heart
  • Syndrome of a Down
    Syndrome of a Down Неделю назад It was also my dad's first car. I unfortunately never got to see it as i wasnt born when he had it
  • Gregory Timmons
    Gregory Timmons 3 недели назад You could literally wear that on a chain around your neck and really keep it close to your heart.
  • GDrift
    GDrift 1 месяц назад David J yeah exactly! They don’t make them like they used to😭
  • Acca Larentia
    Acca Larentia 1 месяц назад @David J nope.. because Italy was free..
  • David J
    David J 1 месяц назад It's an awesome little car built in a time when people put their hearts into their craft.
  • GDrift
    GDrift 2 месяца назад Acca Larentia sarebbe fantastico!!
  • Acca Larentia
    Acca Larentia 2 месяца назад @GDrift anche a me la Bianchina è sempre piaciuta, molto più della 500.. é normale se sei di desio direi😂 speriamo che provino anche una A112 Abarth
  • GDrift
    GDrift 2 месяца назад Acca Larentia a me sono sempre piaciute, molto più particolare di una 500 e di sicuro se ne vedono poche, poi come Già detto vivo vicino alla ex fabbrica autobianchi quindi sono un po’ di parte haha
  • Acca Larentia
    Acca Larentia 2 месяца назад È comico come la prendano per il culo ma questa era già mooolto meglio di una 500
  • ChemicalNBC
    ChemicalNBC 2 месяца назад If Looney Tunes ever made a car, this would probably be it.
  • alohathaxted
    alohathaxted 2 месяца назад
  • Pr3ct
    Pr3ct 2 месяца назад Eh, what's up Doc?
  • marine drive
    marine drive 2 месяца назад That poor little car was definitely leaning towards Jay's side. The roads in Los Angeles are in a shocking state, by the way.
  • jim feldman
    jim feldman 2 недели назад @Edward Halpin Buffalo Potholes every Spring. I lost an A arm and rim to one of those bad boys.
  • Marten Dekker
    Marten Dekker 1 месяц назад Marine dr: Since 1980, in the USA, the wealthy have paid less & less taxes. Currently, the 1% own more than the least wealthy 92%, 3 families own more than the least wealthy 50%. & the 50% own less than 1% of the nation's wealth ! Hence, no $ for public roads.
  • Steval204
    Steval204 1 месяц назад I drove truck for 4.5 years and by far and away Pennsylvania followed by Michigan are the worst. On top of the potholes, PA is polluted with deer. So you have a blend of different types of drivers from the state, most good, but the bad ones are incredibly bad. We drive in all weather conditions, on outdated and under-maintained infrastructure. PA is the shining example of a waste of state tax-payer funds. Full of corrupt politicians and lobbyists and private business owners writing check after check to have their way, or a amended law in their favor. It goes on everywhere, but in my opinion, historically the political system at the state level and below in PA has been, and always will be corruptible.
  • 187deathfromabove
    187deathfromabove 2 месяца назад Don’t worry they raised gas prices to fix them 😂
  • Jeff DeWitt
    Jeff DeWitt 2 месяца назад At least northern states like Michigan have an excuse, they have winter. LA has no excuse except incompetence.
  • IcantSignIn
    IcantSignIn 2 месяца назад Give them some time. It's California. They've just started a new program. Instead of new pavement, they'll pay the homeless to poop in the street instead of on the sidewalks. Those potholes will be filled in no time. Just watch out for random "road crews" doing their business.
  • Doug Montgomery
    Doug Montgomery 2 месяца назад @Dale olson When I moved to Michigan, I was shocked that the suburbs still have dirt roads.
  • otm646
    otm646 2 месяца назад @Dale olson That's why every Detroiter drives a Raptor, only way to get to the supermarket.
  • Jeffrey Rubish
    Jeffrey Rubish 2 месяца назад In Wisconsin we rank near the bottom in road quality. You learn to steer around potholes or you incur tire/wheel damage.
  • Bibo X
    Bibo X 2 месяца назад even in Italy the roads are degraded, every 100 meters there is a hole in it
  • Dale olson
    Dale olson 2 месяца назад You can't try Michigan,the roads are closed.
  • Edward Halpin
    Edward Halpin 2 месяца назад Try upstate N.Y.
  • Steval204
    Steval204 2 месяца назад 🤣🤣🤣 Apparently you’ve never been to Pennsylvania.
  • xynudu
    xynudu 2 месяца назад This is what happens when you wash cars too often.
  • Nathaniel Duarte
    Nathaniel Duarte 1 месяц назад 😂😂😂
  • John Tam
    John Tam 1 месяц назад Tumble dry.
  • Mark W
    Mark W 2 месяца назад Like a bar of cheap soap.
  • Tom Nekuda
    Tom Nekuda 2 месяца назад (изменено) Hot dryer, no doubt........
  • Dixie Normous
    Dixie Normous 2 месяца назад Jay just oozes big kid excitement here, very infectious
    FPVREVIEWS 2 месяца назад Why the hell can't Fiat produce it in 2020 with an electric motor? I'll take 2!
  • Michael Converse
    Michael Converse 3 недели назад Well fiat can’t but Smart does. Go buy two and you’ll double it’s annual sales
  • Hectic Erectic
    Hectic Erectic 1 месяц назад One can walk instead and only be 5 min. More.
  • Ben Lawless
    Ben Lawless 1 месяц назад People still ride motorcycles so why not? Driving this, at least they would see you a little bit more than on a motorcycle lol. At least in that red.
  • Warren
    Warren 1 месяц назад I agree. Apparently the next Fiat 500 will be electric, so that's something.
  • Jeff DeWitt
    Jeff DeWitt 2 месяца назад @FPVREVIEWS It all seriousness would you really want to be driving a car this small, even in city streets, where there are 18 wheelers, Suburbans, and idiots driving their SUVs while talking on their cell phones?
    FPVREVIEWS 2 месяца назад True, Sadly.. @Jeff DeWitt
  • Jeff DeWitt
    Jeff DeWitt 2 месяца назад Even if they built it they couldn't sell it, at least not here. The feds would never allow it.
  • Edward Halpin
    Edward Halpin 2 месяца назад Thanks for the video, Jay. In my opinion these were the most beautiful of the micro cars. Keep up the good work
  • Gary A
    Gary A 2 месяца назад (изменено) Thanks for this great video of a wonderful car, Jay. We imported one ourselves a few years ago from a restoration shop in Italy. The tires are actually 12 inch and the box in the engine compartment is part of the air induction system. Fully restored these cars have sold for as much as $82,500 at auction in recent years. Yes Sophia Loren drove one and so did Peter Sellers in Pink Panther! 👍
  • Gary A
    Gary A 3 недели назад Gregory Timmons ✔️
  • Gregory Timmons
    Gregory Timmons 3 недели назад $82.500? Boy, they are not kidding when they say a buck don't buy what it used to.
  • Gary A
    Gary A 2 месяца назад (изменено) BMAWG1968 correct- although that was a ‘65 full convertible not the rarer ‘59 “trasformabile” model as shown here.
  • BMAWG1968
    BMAWG1968 2 месяца назад Audrey Hepburn drove one of the full convertible versions in "How to steal a million" I think, cute little things for sure.
  • writerconsidered
    writerconsidered 2 месяца назад You know Jay put that right up on the lift and had the clutch fixed afterward.
  • Gregory Timmons
    Gregory Timmons 3 недели назад (изменено) @Bilb Ono I'm not so sure. I think he probably enjoys and appreciates it but i forgot how all knowing and insightful commenters are on here. He does say he just got it. He cared enough to buy it and probably didnt get it super cheap. Whatever the case doesn't sound like he plans to use it a lot. Just to the local market or so he says. I'd keep my eye out for micro car meets to attend.
  • Christopher May
    Christopher May 1 месяц назад Exactly what I was thinking.....
  • MultiArrie
    MultiArrie 1 месяц назад its all so tiny, you remove the whole transaxel within 1 hour on a pallet jack.
  • toobalicious
    toobalicious 1 месяц назад Lift? Just bend over, grab the bumper and pick it up. Couldn’t be more than 50 to 75 lbs!
  • buzzylogic
    buzzylogic 2 месяца назад I just assumed he brought it to jay to fix and jay wanted to do a segment on it while he had it.
  • Paul Kojack
    Paul Kojack 2 месяца назад @Bilb Ono and then just drive it around until it dies and then he'll sell it when the motor or trans is totally scrapped. If you buy old rare classics, you should at least do the tune ups people of the time would do to keep it running good. Cars that old need alot more than just periodic oil changes.
  • Bilb Ono
    Bilb Ono 2 месяца назад He should just buy it. He would take better care of it I bet. That guy doesn't seem like he truly loves cars. But I don't know him, just my impression of his character. "just a spur of the moment thing" - talking about buying it.
  • 1320fastback
    1320fastback 2 месяца назад I would think so ;)
  • peashumaru
    peashumaru 2 месяца назад Much more stylish and happy than a Citroen from the same era. Imagine Sophia Loren in a tiny bikini coming with me to the beach around 1955.
  • John Molloy
    John Molloy 1 месяц назад @Pu Ma It's worth the visit. Breathtaking. You can catch a ferry from Naples if the road puts you off.
  • Pu Ma
    Pu Ma 1 месяц назад @John Molloy I definitely agree on the challenging nature of the road 😆 I still haven't visited it, I plan to, but I think I'll prefer to approach the coast but the sea...
  • John Molloy
    John Molloy 1 месяц назад @Pu Ma the Amalfi coast road is bad enough in a bus! Beautiful part of the world, though.
  • Pu Ma
    Pu Ma 2 месяца назад (hi from italy) I think you can actually rent a local driver + the Bianchina and be carried around along e.g. the Amalfi coast; classic cars from the 50-60s are somewhat coming back for these purposes, because of the quaintness & cuteness several decades ago, another variant of the car was used as a "comedy car" in a series of national movies that were almost "cult" here, depicting a very unfortunate and coward working class typical italian; since then, it's known mostly as "Fantozzi's car" If anyone's curious, look on YT for "La nuvola di Fantozzi" for a rough idea (doesn't require subtitles 🌧)
  • Jeff DeWitt
    Jeff DeWitt 2 месяца назад @banmadabon I'm not sure disaster is the word I'd use....
  • El Kabong
    El Kabong 2 месяца назад @Aron Le BaronExactly! If I'm gonna imagine Sophia Loren (in anything), she ain't going to be with anyone else but meself!
  • deltavee2
    deltavee2 2 месяца назад OR Gina Lollobrigida!
  • banmadabon
    banmadabon 2 месяца назад Sophia Loren and tiny bikini? Recipe for disaster...All that good stuff cannot be restrained by tiny cords!
  • Aron Le Baron
    Aron Le Baron 2 месяца назад Now I’m far too busy imagining ME with Sophia Loren in a tiny bikini coming with me to the beach around 1955...
  • Michael Corriveau
    Michael Corriveau 2 месяца назад GM should have imported these to take Ralph Nader's attention of the Corvair..
  • shafta99
    shafta99 2 месяца назад i love it, it's so darn cute, like a puppy.
  • redmr2na
    redmr2na 2 месяца назад I feel like we need more Happy cars in todays society. I love cars like the mk1 miata the austin healey sprite, this car etc. Todays cars all look like transformer robots. They look like mean machines.
  • fidel catsro
    fidel catsro 2 месяца назад its cuter than that! more like my cat!
  • Frank R
    Frank R 2 месяца назад Well... This video is going nowhere fast...
  • _Suburban_
    _Suburban_ 2 месяца назад What's the matter with the car I'm driving? "Can't you tell that it's out of style?" Should I get a set of white wall tires? "Are you gonna cruise a miracle mile?
  • radioguy1620
    radioguy1620 1 месяц назад probably fit in the trunk of a baby blue Continental,
  • Mark W
    Mark W 2 месяца назад I hate you people. Now this is playing in my head. Grrrr!!
  • Ron Simpson
    Ron Simpson 2 месяца назад Still Rock and Roll to me.