1961-1968 Fiat 2300S

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:

ohv I-6
2,279 cc (139 cid)

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