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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Bianco S 'Furia': Brazil's Classic Streamlined Sports Car

Forgotten ONES - The Bianco  Indústria e Comércio de Veículos Ltda., a notable company name in the Brazilian automotive industry, founded by the renowned Brazilian racing car designer Ottorino (Toni) Bianco, Bianco holds the distinction of being the first designer for Formula 3 Brazil. This company carved a niche for itself by producing cars that featured a unique blend of reinforced plastic and fiberglass materials, with engines and mechanisms sourced from Volkswagen. Among its most celebrated models are the Bianco S 'Furia' and Bianco Tarpan.
1976 Bianco S 'Furia'. (Picture from: Autoblitz)
Inspired by European design principles and hand-built craftsmanship, the Bianco S 'Furia' was produced at a modest rate of about 20 units per month. This model gained international attention for its distinctive body shape and sporty aesthetics, making it a standout at various auto shows. The Furia model, in particular, became Bianco's most renowned offering, especially in Brazil and across South America. Made its debut at the São Paulo International Motor Show in 1976, then appeared at the 1976 New York Auto Show was a resounding success, with over 180 units sold, marking a significant achievement for the fledgling company.
Front view of 1976 Bianco S 'Furia'. (Picture from: Autoblitz)
Bianco's success
in the mid-1970s Brazilian automotive market was noteworthy. However, internal disagreements among owners led to the company's unfortunate closure by the end of 1979. Despite its brief existence, Bianco left a lasting impression with its innovative designs and quality craftsmanship.
Interior view of 1976 Bianco S 'Furia'. (Picture from: Autoblitz)
The Bianco S 'Furia' boasted a body made of reinforced plastic combined with fiberglass, characterized by flowing design lines, a large glass area, a front trunk lid, large side doors, and rear lights adopted from GM models of that era. It also featured numerous safety components, including roll bars and sheet metal seats designed to minimize collision impact. Handcrafted to perfection, the Bianco S 'Furia' included luxurious details such as a wooden steering wheel, bucket seats, a center console, large wheels, and premium leather seats.
Engine compartement of 1976 Bianco S 'Furia'. (Picture from: Autoblitz)
Under the hood, the Bianco S 'Furia' was powered by a horizontal four-cylinder, air-cooled Volkswagen engine with a 1,600 cc capacity and dual carburetors borrowed from the VW Beetle. This engine delivered up to 65 horsepower, allowing the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 17.7 seconds, with a top speed of 146 km/h. This performance, coupled with its unique design, made the Furia a desirable model among car enthusiasts.
Rear side view of 1976 Bianco S 'Furia'. (Picture from: Autoblitz)
Today, the Bianco S 'Furia' is a rare find. With only about 186 units ever built, it is estimated that approximately 50 units remain, mostly in Brazil and a few in South America and the United States. This rarity has only added to its allure, making it a coveted collector's item.
Bianco's brief yet impactful journey in the automotive world showcases the brand's dedication to innovation and design excellence. Though the company no longer exists, its legacy lives on through the remaining Bianco S 'Furia' models, cherished by collectors and automotive aficionados alike. The story of Bianco serves as a reminder of the remarkable potential and influence of visionary design and engineering, even within a short span. *** [EKA [070516] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BRING A TRAILLER | CLASSICDRIVER ]
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