1961 Fiat 2300 S Coupe : A Short Film

While reading about the Humber Super Snipe and its competitors I stumbled across this.

Fiat 2300S Coupe

It’s a very nicely filmed piece about a Fiat 2300S and its owner, Pierantonio Micciarelli. I have to say that the man’s elegant dress sense made me yearn to be Italian. They do know how to choose their threads. But beyond that, this (for me) forgotten coupé is superbly presented and discussed with considerable fluency by the lucky fellow who is its custodian. This is another of those cars that evokes dusk drives around the Cap Ferrat.


Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

5 thoughts on “1961 Fiat 2300 S Coupe : A Short Film”

  1. To understand something of the vast cultural gap between the Engish and the Italians, compare the Fiat to a 1967 Sunbeam Rapier Fastback. I cherish English shirts and tweed and Bristol cars; Jaguar has offered us inspiration too. Sometimes though Englishness seems to conspire to bring forth ungainly oddities such as the Hillman Rapier, mock-Tudor and Ginsters. The Italians also produce some disasters but they are not like English disasters. How they differ is so very expressive of each nation´s cultural character. Discuss.

  2. Nice car, I wasn’t aware of its existence. Is there supposed to be a link a to a video somewhere in this thread?

  3. You mention the Sunbeam Rapier and it is hard to argue that the designers of the Arrow based version didn’t have the Fiat 2300 in mind. It would also be hard to argue that they could have made a worse job in their ‘homage’ that they did. The Rapier was a gloriously clumsy thing, which even lifted the rear lights off the estate in a typical bit of British Motor Industry penny saving.

    Richard, you make a point of Signor Micciarelli’s personal style, and I am always in awe of people who can seamlessly integrate their cars with their lifestyles, or vice-versa. Based on that I imagine the Rapier owner in a pair of cut-off Bay City Rollers tartan trousers, long sideburns with a can of Skol Special in his paw watching endless re-runs of Rising Damp.

    On a (monthly) topical note, as a lad I dismissed the 2300S. I liked the look of it but, like the VW Karmann Ghia Coupe, my bottom line in approving a car were 0-60 times and top speed, usually sourced from the Observer’s Book of Automobiles. Basically, the Fiat was not fast enough for me. I have at least grown up a bit though, regrettably, not as much as Signor Micciarelli.

  4. I had a toy model of this car as a child and I adored it. For some years I actually believed I was the only person who knew of the 2300S’ existence – which bearing in mind just how provincial Ireland was in the 1970’s, was entirely within the realm of the possible. Then Martin Buckley came along and crushed my illusions. Lovely car from a short period when Fiat were serious about diversification. It could be argued that the 130 coupé was a direct replacement for this…

  5. One of the features I admire about these cars is the unhesitating through-line from the headlamps to the tail lamps. It is very correct and respects the formal distinction between the body and the glass-house. I always felt that when Mercedes Benz broke that line on their cars (the 1992 W-202 and 1995 W210 E-class) something “broke” in car design. The line from the bonnet seemed not to “want” to go up over the a-pillar and ended up being fudged in a nasty mirror sail panel at the a-pillar base. It looked wrong then and looks as wrong today. The little Fiat here has a neatness to it that I wish we could return to, in a modern idiom (unless modern idioms necessitate designs that are not neat.) Notice that the current E-class addresses that failure, taking the line from light to tail-lamps as clearly as did the legendary W-124.

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