1964 Fiat 2300 S Coupe by Ghia
$50,000 - $75,000Offered without reserve
RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 10 - 11 OCTOBER 2019 - Offered on Friday
- The elegant coachbuilt coupe version of Fiat’s “executive car”
- Beautiful Ghia styling reminiscent of the Ferrari 250 GT, with potent touring power
- One of very few examples known in the United States
- Subject of a two-year restoration
Introduced in 1961, the 2300 was Fiat’s flagship of the era, powered by a 2,279 cc OHV six-cylinder. 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 wheelbase. Developing 105 bhp, or 136 for the twin-carb “S” version, it also featured four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes.
This limited-production coachbuilt model was styled by Sergio Sartorelli of Ghia and bore a striking resemblance to the ASA and Ferrari 250 GT of the same time period, with round headlights, a long hood, and an airy greenhouse. Sumptuous padded leather seats, a Nardi steering wheel, and other cosseting comforts could be found within. The truly sporting 2300 S version boasted a more powerful engine, with two twin-choke Weber carburetors, and a standard four-speed transmission with 3.9:1 final drive; it was a true GT with excellent performance.
The 2300 S offered here is one of very few examples to have come to the United States, where they were not officially sold when new. The previous owner, a prominent collector and classic automotive museum owner, conducted a two-year cosmetic restoration that included stripping the body to bare metal, repairing it properly, and finishing it in a lustrous Blu Notte. The interior was restored as necessary, involving many new pieces; all the chrome pieces were removed and re-plated, and new rubber seals for the door glass were installed.
Upon acquisition, the current owner undertook a complete engine rebuild by marque specialists. This included block work, new pistons and valves, rebuilt carburetors, new clutch, rebuilt brakes, and more, documented by extensive records and photos. Only break-in miles have been added since the rebuild. The care and attention to detail bestowed upon this rare coachbuilt car is reflected both in its stunning appearance and mechanical prowess exhibited when driven.