Fiat 1800/2100

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Fiat 1800/2100/1500L
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Fiat 2100 Berlina 1959
Overview
Manufacturer Fiat
Production 1959-1968
Designer Dante Giacosa
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
Layout FR layout
Related Fiat 2300
SEAT 1500
Powertrain
Engine straight-6
1795 cc (1959 - 1968)
2054 cc (1959 - 1968)
straight-4
1481 cc (1963 - 1968)
Dimensions
Wheelbase 265 cm (104.3 in)
273 cm (107.5 in) (Speciale)
Length 446.5 cm (175.8 in)
475 cm (187.0 in) (Speciale)
462 cm (181.9 in) (Coupé)
Width 162 cm (63.8 in)
Height 147 cm (57.9 in)
138 cm (54.3 in) (Coupé)
Curb weight 1,250 kg (2,760 lb)-1,350 kg (2,980 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Fiat 1900
Successor Fiat 2300

The Fiat 1800 and 2100 are six-cylinder saloons produced by Italian automotive manufacturer Fiat between 1959 and 1968. Both six-cylinder models appeared in 1959: in 1963, a four-cylinder 1500 cc version was added to the range. The styling closely resembled that of the Alfa Romeo 2000, Peugeot 404 and BMC's family cars of the same period. The Alfa was designed by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, while Both the Peugeot and the Austin were designed by Pininfarina of Turin. The 1800/2100 were designed by Fiat's own Dante Giacosa.[1]

1800 (1959-68)[edit]

Fiat 1800

The Fiat 1800 appeared in 1959, offered as a 4-door sedan and a 5-door Familiare (Station Wagon ). The 1800 model had a 6-cylinder in-line engine with 1795 cc and a power output of 75 hp / 55 kW delivered through a 4-speed transmission. Its maximum speed was, depending on the version, 137 km/h (85 mph) - 142 km/h (88 mph). This was replaced in 1961 with the 1800 model B: the engine output was now 81 hp / 60 kW and top speed between 143 km/h (89 mph) - 146 km/h (91 mph).

2100 (1959-61)[edit]

The 2100 was a version with a bigger six-cylinder engine. In autumn 1959, the 2100 Speciale was introduced with a lengthened wheelbase and different front grille. The Speciale was used by diplomats. The 2100 was discontinued in Italy during 1961, when the Fiat 2300 became available.

1500L (1963-68)[edit]

Fiat 1500L

Fiat used the body of Fiat 1800/2100 to create a new less expensive model, the Fiat 1500L introduced in 1963. To distinguish it from the 1300/1500 its name used the designation 1500L (lunga = long). The car shared with its more compact sibling Fiat's four-cylinder 1481 cc engine, delivering 72 bhp, which, in 1964, was increased in the second series to 75 bhp. A reduced-performance version was also offered, aimed at taxi drivers. This proved popular in southern Europe, equipped with a straight-4 1481 cc petrol engine developing just 60 bhp: the low power engine permitted the transport of customers in comfort and space at urban speeds, without consuming too much fuel.

This version was made also by SEAT in Spain, where no other petrol version of the Fiat 1800/2100 was ever produced. It was badged simply as SEAT 1500, since no equivalent of the Fiat 1500 was produced by SEAT. Nearly 200,000 Seat 1500s were built until 1972.

It is estimated that total production in Italy of the Fiat 1800/2100 range is 150,000.

Engines[edit]

Fiat 2100 Giardinietta, one of the rare estates
Model Years Engine Displacement Power Fuel system
1800 1959-61 straight-6 ohv 1795 cc 75 hp single carburetor
1800B 1962-68 straight-6 ohv 1795 cc 86 hp single carburetor
2100 1959-61 straight-6 ohv 2054 cc 82 hp single carburetor
1500L 1963-67 straight-4 ohv 1481 cc 75 hp single carburetor

References[edit]

  1. ^ Felicioli, Riccardo P. (1999). Fiat 1899 - 1999. Italy: Automobilia, Bruno Alfieri. pp. 82–83. ISBN 88-7960-094-X.