1964 Fiat 2300S Coupe
Coachwork by Ghia
Chassis no. 114BS*129460
Engine no. 114B006
2,279cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
2 Weber Carburetors
136bhp at 5,600rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Rare coachbuilt Ghia model
*Details reminiscent of more expensive Italian GTs
*Six-cylinder performance with luxury appointments
*Model rarely seen in the US
*Desirable twin-carbureted 2300S
The Fiat 2300S
Today, Fiat is best known as a volume manufacturer of small cars. It wasn't always so. In the early 1900s, big four-cylinder Fiats had displacements of six to ten liters. In the early 1950s, Fiat produced a sporty V8 model, called Otto Vu or 8V, albeit of modest two liter displacement, and the famed Dino V6 cars of 1967 -1973 were indeed baby Ferraris. Often forgotten among all this excitement are the six-cylinder 2300 cars of the 1960s.
Introduced in 1961, the 2300 was Fiat's flagship of the era, powered by a 2,279 cc ohv six. A logical successor to the 2,100 of 1959-1961 and a larger sibling to the 1959-1968 1800, it shared their 2,650 mm (104-inch) wheelbase. Developing 105 bhp (136 for the twin-carb "S" version) it had four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes. A true automatic transmission was available for the first time on a Fiat, but most cars had the standard four-speed manual.
A Ghia-designed coupe prototype was shown at the 1960 Turin Motor Show, and entered production in 1962. Executed in the Gran Turismo idiom, the coupe was well appointed. Britain's The Motor wrote of "stability, comfort, and responsive handling at very high speeds." Often referred to as a poor man's Ferrari GT, the 120mph performance that the 2300S Ghia Coupe offered was not to be sniffed at.
The Motorcar Offered
This charming 2300S is presented in a period-correct silver grey over red leather upholstery, most likely its original color combination. Purchased in 2005 by the vendor, the early history of the 2300S is unknown, but it is reported to be very original and a good driver, with good compression, a smooth-shifting transmission, and overall a very pleasing patina of age. A Ghia radio delete plate ensures a clean and uncluttered dashboard featuring only the essential gauges one would expect to find in a true gran turismo. These coachbuilt Ghia-bodied Fiats are stylish and underrated performers; with their twin Weber carburetors and disc brakes, the specification is sophisticated, while the looks evoke much more expensive Italian GTs. Rarely seen in the United States, the 2300S will star at any gathering of Italian sports cars.
- Please note that the complete engine number for this vehicle is 114B006068454.