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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:27 am    Post subject: Contessa 1300 Reply with quote

Hi all,

I’m just looking for a little advise.
The old guy across the street is moving and under his house is an old car it’s a Contessa 1300 (the rego sticker is 1969). He’s a really nice old guy but he is death so has trouble communicating with people beside writing. I was wandering is the car worth anything? And how or would it be would it be best to help him possibly sell it??
From what I can see it looks to be ok condition, but he loves pulling stuff (including my mower which he borrows!) apart to fix it but never seems to succeed so it maybe in some pieces under the boot…

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Grant,

I suggest the Contessa could fetch a reasonble price if the car is in good condition as they are so rare. The cars racing links to Peter Brock the American behind the styling of the Shelby Cobra and Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) will add considerable interest and value to this vehicle.

You could certainly advertise the car on CarsofAustralia for FREE. Here is the LINK to place an ad: http://www.carsofaustralia.com.au/info.php?page=car_part

You could also place a post on a couple of other website Forums:

1. www.boostcruising.com.au

2. http://forums.toymods.org.au While Toymods is aimed at Toyota owners this car will appeal to this audience.


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I also did some checking on the Contessa 1300 and it is a very interesting vehicle.

It was manufactured by Hino Motors in Hamura near Tokyo, Japan from 1964-1967) and in Haifa, Israel.

Built as either 2-door coupé or 4-door sedan it came with a 1,251 cc GR100 inline 4 cylinder engine.

Transmission 3/4-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,280 mm (89.8 in)
Length 4,150 mm (163.4 in)
Width 1,530 mm (60.2 in)
Height 1,390 mm (54.7 in)
Curb weight 888–940 kg (1,960–2,100 lb)

With design by Giovanni Michelotti (who had sold a very similar design to Triumph for their 1300, the second generation Contessa debuted in September 1964. While considerably longer and heavier, the PD Contessa also had a much more powerful 1,251 cc four-cylinder engine with five main bearings ("GR100", 55 PS/40 kW; 54 hp). With a four-speed manual transmission, top speed is 130 km/h (81 mph). A handsome coupé version was presented in April 1965; the coupé benefitted from an upgraded engine with twin carburetors and slightly higher compression and 65 PS (48 kW; 64 hp) from November of the same year.

With chassis code PD300/400 (versus PD100/200 for the regular sedan), this sporting version was marketed as the "1300S". 100 and 300-series are right-hand drive, while 200 and 400-series are left-hand drive. The use of twin headlights does contribute to a mild similarity to the second generation Chevrolet Corvair, and the lack of a front grille because both the Contessa and the Corvair are both rear engined and rear cooled (air for the Corvair, water for the Contessa).

This generation of the Contessa was also exported, to Australia, Switzerland, and the Netherlands amongst others. As a part of this export drive, the Contessa also saw local assembly in New Zealand (by Campbell Motors, around 600 are thought to have been assembled there) and in Israel (by Autocars).55,027 PD Contessas were built, of which 3,868 were Coupés. As of 2007, only 105 Contessas remained on the road in Japan, although many New Zealand-built cars are exported back to Japan.

While series production ground to a halt in March 1967 following Toyota's purchase of Hino in late 1966, assembly of existing shells and parts continued at a slow pace into the summer of 1968, with ever higher Toyota parts content. A further 175 were built in October 1969, as part of a final disposal of stock. As production of the Contessa began to wind down towards discontinuation, the factory was repritorized to produce the Toyota Hilux pickup truck, and the Toyota Publica truck, then later was used to manufacture the Toyota Sprinter.

Hino Contessa 1500 engine

The earlier column-mounted three-speed manual continued to be available in the sedans, while a floor-mounted four-speed manual was standard in coupés and an option in the sedans.[2] A 1.5 litre version of the GR100 engine was developed in 1966, but after the Toyota takeover the project was shelved. As Toyota began to assume operations of Hino assets and manufacturing resources, Toyota was also concentrating their efforts of introducing a Contessa sized coupe and sedan of their own, and in 1966 introduced the Toyota Corolla.

In an effort to prepare the US market in advance of a planned entry, Hino had Pete Brock and his BRE Racing team prepare two Contessa sedans for competition. One won a surprise victory at the 1966 LA Times Grand Prix. Later, Brock raced the lighter and faster Coupé version, called the "Samurai". The Contessas also saw a lot of local competition in Japan, and to aid this effort 20 of the lightened Hino Contessa 1300 L (for "Lightened") were built in 1966. These were built with thinner sheet metal and missing some equipment, such as hubcaps and sound deadening.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grant, make make sure you check the car thoroughly before you buy it from him. Good luck with it mate. Cheers!
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