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Fiat 1800/2100

1959Fiat2100DeLuxe.jpg Fiat 2100 Berlina 1959
Fiat 1800/2100/1500L
Manufacturer Fiat
Parent company
Production 1959-1968
Predecessor Fiat 1900
Successor Fiat 2300
Class
Platform
Layout FR layout
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
Engine straight-6
1795 cc (1959 - 1968)
2054 cc (1959 - 1968)
straight-4
1481 cc 1963 - 1968)
Transmission
Wheelbase 265cm
273cm (Speciale)
Length 446.5cm
475cm (Speciale)
462cm (Coupé)
Width 162cm
Height 147cm br>138cm (Coupé)
Weight 1250kg-1350kg
Fuel economy
Fuel capacity
Related Fiat 2300
SEAT 1500
Similar Peugeot 404
Austin A55 Mk II & A60
Designer Pininfarina


The Fiat 1800 and 2100 are six cylinder saloons produced by Italian automotive manufacturer Fiat between 1959 and 1968. Both six cylinder models appeared in 1959: in 1963 a four cylinder 1500 cc version was added to the range. The styling closely resembled that of the Peugeot 404 and BMC's family cars of the same period: all three were designed by Pininfarina of Turin.

1800 (1959-68)

Fiat 1800

The Fiat 1800 appeared in 1959, offered as a 4-door sedan and a 5-door Station Wagon (Family). The 1800 model had a 6-cylinder in-line engine with 1795 cc and a power output of 75 hp / 55 kW delivered through a 4-speed transmission. Its maximum speed was, depending on the version, 137km/h - 142km/h. This was replaced in 1961 with the 1800 model B: the engine output was now 81 hp / 60 kW and top speed between 143km/h- 146km/h.






2100 (1959-61)

The 2100 was a version with a bigger six cylinder engine. In autumn 1959 the 2100 Speciale was, introduced with a lengthened wheelbase and different front grille. The Speciale was used by diplomats. The 2100 was discontinued in 1961 when the Fiat 2300 became available.



1500L (1963-68)

Fiat 1500L

Fiat used the body of Fiat 1800/2100 to create a new less expensive model, the Fiat 1500L introduced in 1963. To distinguish it from the 1300/1500 its name used the designation 1500L (lunga = long). The car shared with its more compact sibling Fiat's four cylinder 1481 cc engine, delivering 72 bhp, which in 1964 was increased in the second series to 75 bhp. A reduced performance version was also offered for the taxi trade. This proved popular in southern Europe, equipped with a straight-4 1481 cc petrol engine developing just 60 bhp: the low power engine permitted the transport of customers in comfort and space at urban speeds, without consuming too much fuel.

This version was made also in Spain by Seat, the Seat 1500 to nearly 200,000 copies until 1972.

It is estimated that total production in Italy, the Fiat range 1800/2100 is 150,000 copies.

Engines

Model Years Engine Displacement Power Fuel system
1800 1959-61 straight-6 ohv 1795 cc 75 hp single carburetor
1800B 1962-68 straight-6 ohv 1795 cc 86 hp single carburetor
2100 1959-61 straight-6 ohv 2054 cc 82 hp single carburetor
1500L 1963-67 straight-4 ohv 1481 cc 75 hp single carburetor


References

  • Fiat Personenwagen, by Fred Steiningen, 1994. ISBN 3-923448-37-6


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