1963 • Fiat 2300 S CONTACT US
Seller Fiat Lux
Location of the lot Moulins, France
Bullet point A line designed by Ghia
and also An engine optimised by Abarth
Serial number114 BS 105230
Engine capacity2279 cc
Number of cylinders6
Number of gears 4
At the end of the 1950s, Fiat had to replace the 1900, a luxurious saloon car for business leaders and dignitaries. This car got its name from its cubic capacity. Its replacement offered two versions from 1959: an 1800 cc engine and a 2100 cc engine. Two years later, the range was extended with the arrival of the 2300 cc engine. This novelty was accompanied by an attractive coupé. The latter was very well received by the press. It must be said that the Turin firm had done its utmost. The bodywork was designed by Ghia, the finishing touches were meticulous and the engine was designed by Aurelio Lampredi, who was responsible for the engines of several World Champion Ferraris. Unfortunately, Fiat's image was perhaps too popular to be convincing in this segment and, despite its many qualities, the 2300 was not a success and its distribution remained rather confidential.
Sold in 1963 to an Italian manufacturer, this 2300 S coupé, the most powerful version prepared by Abarth, now has 52,000 km (undocumented) on the clock. In 2017, its bodywork and mechanics were restored in Germany. Its current owner has owned it since 2018 and has driven 5000 km in it. He has not failed to maintain it meticulously. The manufacturer's manual is present. A test drive is possible from 11 to 19 September near Moulins in the Allier. For those of you who can't come and test the qualities of this car before bidding on it, it was reviewed by News d'Anciennes 18 months ago (a detailed test can be found on https://newsdanciennes.com/essai-fiat-2300s-coupe-petit-plaisir-a-litalienne/).
As far as the bodywork is concerned, the Fiat 2300 coupé owes its refined line to the designers of the Ghia company. They made it a sober and elegant car despite its large dimensions (4.62m long, 1m63 wide and 1m37 high). Its originality lies in the design of the side windows and the curvature of the panoramic rear window. Originally painted in silver grey, it now sports a taupe grey paintwork that brings out the various exterior details and other chrome. The 2300 S is mounted on 15-inch steel wheels with chrome hubcaps. The colour of these rims is not original, one of the wheel covers is dented and the others have slight scratches (photos 58-60). There is a defect in the functioning of the deflectors, a slight crack on a front indicator (photo 038) and a rear reflector (photo 042), and a crack on the rear plate light (photo 045). Finally, the car does not have its original mirrors.
The interior of the Fiat 2300 S coupé is, in the words of News d'Anciennes, "simply magnificent". It is particularly bright due to the large glass area provided by the panoramic rear window. The four seats, the door panels and the top of the dashboard are finished in caramel-coloured leather. The slightly tarnished rear view mirror adds a nice patina note. Behind a superb Nardi steering wheel encircled in wood, the instrumentation is very complete. Only the clock has stopped.
Under the bonnet is an in-line six-cylinder engine of 2279 cm3 with a "bewitching sound", as News d'Anciennes writes. A reliable engine, but one that should not be neglected in its maintenance. The 2300 S version benefits from a cylinder head and exhaust system revised by Abarth, allowing the engine block to reach 136 bhp at 5,600 rpm with 180 nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The transmission is provided by a four-speed gearbox. To stop the 1290 kg of this beautiful car, we can rely on the four disc brakes. However, the technical inspection revealed a minor imbalance in the rear brakes. The work carried out over the last two years includes the rebuilding of the rear axle, the steering, the fuel tank and the adjustment of the carburetion, all of which is documented by a file with numerous invoices.