Coupe Sergio Sartorelli at Ghia
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Large family car|
|Body style||4-door saloon
5-door station wagon
|Transmission||4 speed manual all-synchromesh : overdrive optional
automatic Borg Warner 3 speed with torque converter
|Wheelbase||2,650 mm (104.3 in)
Speciale: 2,730 mm (107.5 in)
|Length||4,485 mm (176.6 in)|
|Width||1,620 mm (63.8 in)|
|Height||1,470 mm (57.9 in)|
|Curb weight||1,285 kg (2,833 lb)-1,345 kg (2,965 lb)|
Mechanically the 2300 lived up to its expectations with power assisted brake discs for all four wheels and a powerful 2.3 litre six cylinder engine (with twin-carbs on the "S" version). Production continued in limited numbers until 1968.
The 2300 saloon (styled by Dante Giacosa) is noteworthy as the first Fiat model to become available with a fully automatic gearbox, which replaced the Saxomat clutch as an optional extra in 1966. Most 2300s and all 2300S coupés had a four-speed all-synchromesh gearbox. In July 1967 the UK´s Motoring & Driving Register cross-compared the car with the outgoing Humber Super Snipe saloon. The Fiat was capable of "assured high-speed motoring above 110 mph though the compromise is a somewhat less pliant suspension".
One of less well known "niche" Fiat models of the 1960s was the 2300/2300S Coupé. The shape of the car was first seen in public when Ghia presented it as a prototype sports coupé at the 1960 Turin Motor Show. A production version, based on the newly launched Fiat 2300 sedan was first seen in 1961 and went on general sale in 1962. Having developed the coupé body, Ghia lacked the production capacity needed for the volumes envisaged, and were obliged to subcontract its production to OSI.
The coupé body was welded to the standard floor platform of the 2300 saloon with which it shared its core components. (Despite being a new model, the 2300 saloon was in most respects a well-proven design, being a larger engined version of the Fiat 2100 that had been available since 1959.) The wheelbase was identical, but the coupé had a slightly wider track at both ends than the saloon, and final drive gearing for the coupé was increased to 3.9 (3.72 for the 2300S coupé) which translated to 20.9 mph (33.6 km/h) per 1,000 rpm.
Elegantly styled by Ghia the 2300 had true "Grand Touring" style and panache which often earned it the "poor man's Ferrari" tag. Inside the 2300 Coupe featured power operated windows and other luxury fittings.
|2300||1962-68||straight-6 ohv||2279 cc||105 hp||Double carburetor|
|2300 S||1962-68||straight-6 ohv||2279 cc||136 hp||Double carburetor|
- "Car-by-car guide: Fiat 2300 and 2300S". Motor: pages 19. 22 October 1966.
- Motoring & Driving Register, July 1967, pages 23-27.
- "Used car test: Fiat 2300S Coupe". Autocar. 132 (nbr 3869): pages 24–26. 9 April 1970.
- "Nachtschicht im Schloss: A report on a concours d'elegance at Schloss Bensberg". Auto Motor u. Sport. Heft 25 2010: Seite 40. 18 November 2010.
- Fiat Personenwagen, by Fred Steiningen, 1994. ISBN 3-923448-37-6
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