After a few years enjoying my Triumph Herald Convertible it was time for something faster and more comfortable so I searched for Rovers, Jaguars, and alike. Surfing the internet one day I stumbled across this beauty: a Fiat 2300S Coupé. What a stunning car! Very clean and sleek design and very practical with a roomy interior and a large trunk. With its 2,3 straight six engine it's considerably faster than the Herald too.
These Fiats appeared to be rather exclusive. With its Ghia designed body and heavily tuned engine by Abarth it really is a piece of art which is an absolute delight to drive. Unfortunately these cars had to compete against Porsche 911, Jaguar E-type and Mercedes 230SL but hardly anybody would buy a Fiat for the price of a Porsche or Mercedes. Of the approx. 3500 cars built between 1962 and 1968 there are only a handful left. My Fiat is a very early example when you look at the low chassis number 848!!!!
I bought this car in January 2000 in a decent drivable condition but, as always, there needed to be done substantially more work than I could foresee.
Below picture gallery features the car as per April 2019.
Early work on the car
In 2001 the Fiat was partially restored. This mainly included major welding work on the sills, the A-post and the doors to restore corrosion damage. The underside of the car was cleaned and coated to prevent future corrosion issues. The respray however was done poorly. The engine and suspension were relatively solid so remained untouched.
Below a few pics of the Fiat as it was and of the work done during this period.