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 Hino Contessa 900 PC10
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The Contessa was a rear-engined passenger car independently designed by Hino based on its experience of domestic production of Renault vehicles. The rear suspension featured original trailing arms to improve endurance and steering stability. It was a sporty vehicle, placing first in the touring car class (700 cc to 1000 cc) and second in the sports car class (1300 cc or less) at the first Japanese Grand Prix in 1963. Production of the Contessa as a next-generation passenger vehicle was initially studied in 1956 while Renault production was still in top gear. Basically, the Contessa still relied heavily on Renault, especially for its production equipment, and design and manufacturing technology. The result was a car with modern styling in a class slightly above the Renault 4CV, which could be used for both family and commercial applications. Approximately 47,000 were produced from 1961 to 1964.
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Storage location:HINO MOTORS 21ST CENTURY CENTER, AUTO PLAZA (5-28-5, Minamino, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo 192-0916)
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Year manufactured:1961
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Manufacturer:Hino Motors, Ltd.
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Classification:Mass-production vehicle
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Current status:On public display: static
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Vehicle name / Manufacture
Vehicle name:Hino Contessa 900
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Model name:Model PC10
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Company name:Hino Motors, Ltd.
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Year manufactured:1961
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Vehicle type/usage:Passenger car
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Location of actual vehicle/replica:Still in existence
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Model / Weight
Number of doors:4
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Passenger capacity:5
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Vehicle weight:720 kg
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Body / Size
Structure:Monocoque
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Overall length:3795 mm
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Overall width:1475 mm
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Overall height:1415 mm
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Tire size:5.50-14-2 ply
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Body / Axle / Driving / Others
Front axle:Wishbone type
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Rear axle:Swing axle
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Wheelbase:2150 mm
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Steering:Rack and pinion
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Engine / Size / Power
Cooling/cylinder arrangement:Water-cooled/inline 4-cylinder
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Valve train:OHV
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Bore x stroke:60×79 mm
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Displacement:893 cc
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Max. power/r.p.m.:35 ps/5000 rpm
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Supercharger:None
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Fuel tank capacity:32 L
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Fetures:Gasoline
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Hybrid
Hybrid system type:None
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Drive-train
Transmission:3 or 4 forward speeds, 1 reverse speed
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Drive system:RR
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Performance
Mode fuel efficiency:-
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