Fiat 2300 Coupe
1961 to 1968
Body versions :
Gasoline 2.3 liters
|Wheel base:||104.33 in, 2650 mm|
|Length:||181.89 in, 4620 mm|
|Width:||64.17 in, 1630 mm|
|Height:||53.74 in, 1365 mm|
|Ground clearance:||5.91 in, 150 mm|
The Fiat 2300 Coupe was a two-door notchback coupe made by the Italian automaker Fiat , which was based on the technology of the four-door sedan Fiat 2300 , but had an independent body of Ghia and revised engines. In addition to the standard body arose some special bodies.The vehicle was produced in a weaker version than the Fiat 2300 Coupe and in a more powerful than the Fiat 2300 S Coupe.
In the fall of 1961 appeared - parallel to the four-door sedan and the Familiare five-door station wagon - designed by Ghia Fiat 2300 coupe with 105 hp (77 kW), but with the same capacity but more powerful Fiat 2300 S Coupe with 131 horsepower ( 96 kW) In the literature are also the data 136 hp and 150 hp, but these relate to the performance measurement CUNA and SAE .
In late 1964, the second series 2300 coupe was changed in some details and from then on only as version S built and sold until early 1968. Despite the elegant and at the same time sporty design, the Coupé was a full-fledged four-seater with a spacious boot.
The body of the 2300 Coupé designed significantly Ghias chief designer Sergio Sartorelli; the American Tom Tjaarda also participated in the design. A striking feature of the body the rear window is in three parts and gives the impression of a large panoramic window . Other special features were, for example, the brake system with four disc brakes and two brake circuits, each had a brake booster, or the footrest for the passenger.
The more powerful, revised by Abarth engine was reserved for the model 2300 S Coupé , so it was neither for the sedan nor the station wagon available. Abarth achieved the additional power mainly by "sharper" camshafts with longer timing, the use of two, also larger sized twin carburetor , a slightly higher compression and further engine adjustments. Responsible for the engine of the 2300 S Coupe was Klaus Steinmetz, Individual copies of the 2300 S received at Abarth a further increase in performance: Through sporty designed camshafts and the use of two Weber -38 double carburetors, the performance of the engine was increased to 160 hp (118 kW). How many of these modified 2300 S Coupés were made is not fully understood; usually is assumed by three copies.
PERFORMANCE: 2300 S Coupe
- Engine capacity: 139.38 cu in, 2279 cu cm
- Fuel consumption: 16.9 m/imp gal, 14.1 m
- Max speed: 127.3 mph, 205 km/h
- Max power (SAE): 150 hp at 5600 rpm
- Max torque (SAE): 145 1b ft, 20 kgm at 4000 rpm
- Max number of engine rpm: 5600
- Specific power: 65.8 hp/l
- Power-weight ratio: 18.1 lb/hp, 8.2 kg/hp
- Acceleration: standing 1/4 mile 18.5 sec, 0—50 mph (0 —80 km/h) 8.7 sec
- Max speed in 1st gear: 37.3 mph, 60 km/h; max speed in 2nd Gear: 62.1 mph, 100 km/h; max speed in 3rd gear: 87 mph, 140 km/h; max speedin 4th gear: 127.3 mph, 205 km/h
The prototype of the Fiat 2300 Coupé, which was still based on the technology of the Fiat 2100, was first shown at the Turin Motor Show in the fall of 1960; The presentation of the production model took place half a year later at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961.
The mass production of the 2300 Coupe was distributed to several companies. The floor assembly was made by Fiat. The body was initially manufactured by Ghia; Later, however, when Ghia could no longer produce the required number of bodies in view of limited capacity, took over OSI , a belonging to the Ghia designer Sartorelli Turin operation, the production of the body. At OSI, the underbody and chassis were connected. The S coupes were then removed and retracted at Abarth. The demand was significantly greater than the production capacity that Fiat, Ghia and OSI provided for the coupe. So delivery times of about one and a half years were the rule.
All in all, around 3500 coupes were created by the end of 1968, of which about 200 existing vehicles are still known in the register today.
As a six-cylinder successor to the 2300 S Coupé could be considered by Pininfarina designed and offered there from spring 1971 to the end of 1977 Fiat 130 Coupe , but much larger, much heavier and therefore, especially with the frequently existing GM 3rd Gg.- Automatic, considerably more lame and at the same time more expensive. Therefore fits also in terms of time as a direct successor much more likely also six-cylinder Fiat Dino Coupe, with Ferrari engine as 2.0-liter V6 and 160 hp (1967-1969) and 2.4-liter V6 and 180 hp (1969 -1973), which was even sportier and more expensive.
Ghia produced some convertible versions of the 2300 S . The production volume was low. The figures as low as five copies. In addition Ghia other coachbuilders built several open vehicles based on the 2300 S coupe.
Another variation was the Club 2300 S Ghia , a wagon version with a steeply inclined rear end and a large tailgate. The 1962 car anticipated the trend of sports cars, which was successfully implemented a few years later with vehicles such as the Reliant Scimitar or the Volvo P1800 ES .The Ghia 230 S, a sports car study of the Carrozzeria Ghia, also built on the chassis of the Fiat 2300 S Coupe. The vehicle presented at the Turin Motor Show in 1963 . The scope of production is not clear. According to official information, only a single copy was produced; However, some sources report that one or two additional vehicles were manufactured on customer request.
Moretti produced in 1962 in the smallest numbers a based on the 2300 S sports car, whose first prototype, a Spyder, was designated as Moretti 2500 SS , whose lines in front to a designed by Bertone version of the Ferrari 250th The vehicle was offered as a coupe and a convertible, optionally with unchanged technology, then referred to as Fiat-Moretti 2300 S.
Technical Specifications Fiat 2300 ,2300 S Coupe
4 stroke; cylinders: 6, vertical, in line
bore and stroke: 3.07 x 3.13 in, 78 x 79.5 mm
engine capacity: 139.38 cu in, 2279 cu cm
compression ratio: 8.8: 1 (S) 9.5:1
cylinder block: cast iron
cylinder head: light alloy
crankshaft bearings: 4
valves: 2 per cylinder, overhead, push rods and rockers
camshaft: 1, side
lubrication: gear pump, centrifugal filter, cartridge on by-pass
carburation: 1 downdraft double carburator Weber 28-36 DCD3
carburation (S): 2 Weber 38 DCO E 13 and 14 horizontal twin-barrel carburettors
fuel feed: mechanical pump
cooling system: water,automatic electromagnetically driven fan
driving wheels: rear
clutch: single dry plate
gear box: mechanical; gears: 4 plus reverse
synchromesh gears: all
gear box ratios: (I) 3.215, (II) 1.899, (III) 1.403, (IV) 1, (Rev) 3
gear lever location: central
final drive: hypoid bevel; ratio: 3.63:1
front suspension: independent, wishbones, lower trailing links, longitudinal torsion bars, anti-roll bar, telescopic dampers
rear suspension: rigid axle, half-elliptic leaf-Springs, anti-roll bar, telescopic dampers.
worm and roller
turns of steering wheel lock to lock: 3.25.
turning radius (between walls): 20.3 ft, 6.2 m
disc, vacuum servo
voltage: 12 V
battery: 48 Ah
dynamo: 400 W;
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT:
wheel base: 104.33 in, 2650 mm
front track: 53.15 in, 1350 mm
rear track: 51.57 in, 1312 mm
overall length: 181.89 in, 4620 mm
overall width: 64.17 in, 1630 mm
overall height: 53.74 in, 1365 mm
ground clearance: 5.91 in, 150 mm
dry weight: 2710 1b, 1230 kg
distribution of weight: 53 % front axle, 47 % rear axle
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Fiat 2300 Coupe Service instructions (1961-1968)
Fuel: petrol, 98 Oct
Engine oil change: 5.2 imp qt, 6.2 US qt, 5.9 1, SAE 10W (winter) 40 (summer), change every 3100 miles
Total lubricating system capacity: 6.1 imp qt, 7.3 US qt, 6.9 1
Cooling system capacity: 7.5 imp qt, 9.0 US qt, 8.5 1.
Gearbox oil 1.5 imp qt, 1.8 US qt, 1.7 1, SAE 90, change every 18600 miles, 30000 km
Final drive oil: 1.3 imp qt, 1.6 US qt, 1.5 1, SAE 90' change every 18600 miles, 30000 km
Steering box oil: 0.16 imp qt, 0.19 US qt. 0.18 1, SAE 90
Greasing: every 1500 miles, 2500 km
Valve timing: (inlet) opens 19° before tdc and closes 59° after bdc, (exhaust) opens 59° before bdc and closes 19° after tdc
Tyre pressure (normal load): front 30 psi, 2.1 atm, rear 31 psi, 2.2 atm.
Width of rims: 5"
Tyres: 6.50 - 15
Fuel tank capacity: 15.39 imp gal, 18.49 US gal
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