The 1961-1968 Fiat 2300S is a remarkable case of a silk purse being made from a sow's ear. The 2300S began life as a one-off design study that was then adopted by Fiat as a regular model. The neat four-seat semi-fastback coupe styling was from the house of Ghia, which also supplied finished bodyshells to Fiat for mounting on chassis from the firm's 2300 sedan.
The complicated six-cylinder engine developed 150 bhp -- good for a top end of 120 mph -- and four-wheel disc brakes were unique to this specification at Fiat. Also produced in base (non-S) form with a 117-bhp version of the same engine. This was the firm's sporting flagship in these years until the advent of the Ferrari-engine Fiat Dinos of 1967-68.
Styling was typical of Ghia coupes in this period, with a high grille and tail, reverse-slant C-pillar, and a wraparound backlight with two chrome vertical divider bars forming triangular-shaped outer sections.
Pluses of the 1961-1968 Fiat 2300S:
- Fine performance
- Four-seat accommodation
- Ghia styling
- Good appreciation
- Not expensive
Minuses of the 1961-1968 Fiat 2300S:
- Dubious collector merit
- Few mechanical parts now available
- Not plentiful in U.S
- Replacement body panels
- Very rust-prone
Specifications of the 1961-1968 Fiat 2300S:
Wheelbase, inches: 104.3
Length, inches: 182.0
Weight, pounds: 2,790
Price, new: NA
Engines for the 1961-1968 Fiat 2300S:
|Type||Size ||Horsepower ||Years |
| ohv I-6||2,279 cc (139 cid)|| 117/150||1961-1968|
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