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240 Landmarks TopPassenger Cars, Part 3 > Hino Contessa 1300 Coupe PD300
 Hino Contessa 1300 Coupe PD300
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The culmination of Hino's rear-engined passenger vehicle development, the Contessa 1300 sedan and coupe drew kudos for its flowing and elegant styling by the Italian designer Michelotti. The coupe in particular won numerous awards, including international automobile concours d'elegance. Cooling is a major issue in large rear-engined vehicles. In the Contessa, this was solved by positioning a radiator in the rear, taking in the cooling air from the rear, and then expelling it below the car. The sedan was launched in September 1964, followed by the coupe in April 1965. By 1967, the two variants had sold around 55,000 units between them. The main differences in the coupe were a SU twin carburetor used to boost output, disc brakes on the front wheels (a first for a mass-produced Japanese vehicle), a 10% increase in the suspension spring constants that enabled the body to be set lower to the ground, and the location of the fuel tank. This was positioned behind the front trunk to optimize weight distribution and handling stability.
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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:1965
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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:Contessa 1300 Coupe
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Model name:Model PD300
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Company name:Hino Motors, Ltd.
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Year manufactured:1965
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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
Style:Coupe
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Number of doors:2
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Passenger capacity:4
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Vehicle weight:945 kg
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Body / Size
Overall length:4150 mm
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Overall width:1530 mm
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Overall height:1340 mm
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Tire size:5.60-13-4 ply
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Body / Axle / Driving / Others
Frame:Monocoque
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Front axle:Wishbone type
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Rear axle:Swing axle
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Wheelbase:2280 mm
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Front tread x rear tread:Front: 1235 Rear: 1225 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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Carburetor:SU twin
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Bore x stroke:71×79 mm
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Displacement:1251 cc
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Max. power/r.p.m.:65 ps/5500 rpm
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Fuel tank capacity:34 L
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Hybrid
Hybrid system type:None
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Drive-train
Transmission: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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Reference materials:Hino Technical Review, 1965-3; Hino Jidosha 50 Nenshi
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