Autobianchi A111

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Autobianchi A111 black.jpg
Production period: 1969-1972
Class : Lower middle class
Body versions : limousine
Engines: Otto engine :
1.4 liters (51.5 kW)
Length: 4020 mm
Width: 1610 mm
Height: 1345 mm
Wheelbase : 2360 mm
Empty weight : 930 kg

The Autobianchi A111 is a front-wheel drive model manufactured from 1969 to 1972 by the Italian car manufacturer Autobianchi SpA, which has been part of the Fiat group since it was founded in 1955, and from 1967 onwards.

Model history

The mid-1960s was Dante Giacosas a successor to the line Fiat 1300 / 1500 developed, as well different concepts were pursued, one of which was the "Project 123", a four-door notchback sedan with a transverse engine and front wheel drive based on the Primula . The vehicle was designed in the " New Objectivity " style. However, Fiat opted for a more conservatively constructed car, the Fiat 124 , which was presented to the public in 1966 and sold quite well.

Project 123 was brought to series production and presented in June 1969 as the Autobianchi 111. It was positioned above the Primula, which was now only available with two, three and five doors, in the model range. The car was equipped with the 51 kW (70 PS, 75 according to SAE standard) in-line four-cylinder with a side camshaft and 1438 cm³ displacement, which was also used in the Primula Coupé S. In the A111, however, it was installed at an angle of 20 degrees. The clutch is operated hydraulically, the fully synchronized transmission has four gears. With this engine, the car reached a top speed of 155 km / h. The chassis largely corresponded to that of the Primula.

At the end of the 1960s, the topic of passive safety gained in importance in vehicle construction: the position of the rack and pinion steering, the door locks, the position of the petrol tank and the anchoring of the front seats were designed according to the latest findings on occupant protection. In addition, disc brakes were installed on all four wheels.

The sedan was extensively equipped as standard and was offered at a relatively expensive price (1970: 1,070,000 lire ). Like the other Autobianchi models, the A111 was sold by Citroën in many export countries ; the French carmaker had signed a contract with Fiat for it.

In 1972 production of the A111 ended after just under 57,000 units had been produced.

Technical specifications

Autobianchi A111: limousine
Engine: 4-cylinder in-line engine (four-stroke)
Displacement: 1438 cc
Bore × stroke: 80 × 71.5 mm
Performance at 1 / min: 51.5 kW
(75 hp)
at 5500
Max. Torque at 1 / min: 114 Nm at 3000
Compression: 9.3: 1
Mixture preparation: 1 downdraft twin carburetor Weber 32 DFB
Valve control :; OHV , chain
Cooling: Water cooling
Transmission: 4-speed gearbox, center shift, front-wheel drive
Front suspension: Wishbone below, transverse leaf spring above
Rear suspension: Rigid axle, semi-elliptical leaf springs
Brakes: Disc brakes all around (diameter 22.7 cm), brake booster
Steering: Rack and pinion steering
Body: Sheet steel, self-supporting
Track width front / rear: 1360/1300 mm
Wheelbase: 2360 mm
Dimensions: 4020 × 1610 × 1345 mm
Empty weight: 930 kg
Top speed: 155 km / h
0-100 km / h: not specified
Consumption (liters / 100 kilometers, CUNA norm): 8.5 S.
Price 1971 (DM): 


  • Automobil Revue , catalog numbers 1967 and 1969 (technical data and prices)

Web links

Commons : Autobianchi A111  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. Gloor, Roger: Personenwagen der 60s, 3rd edition, Hallwag Verlag, Bern and Stuttgart 1990, ISBN 3-444-10307-7 , p. 71 ff.