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Hino Contessa 1300 Coupe: Delux Model and Standard Model
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Hino Cars: :Hino Contessa 1300 Coupe
Delux Model and Standard Model

In fact, the model that was generally marketed of Hino Contessa 1300 Coupe is called a deluxe model. According to "the range of a notification of a new car and the document" to the Ministry of Transport of those days, there are the deluxe model and standard model that there was not in a catalogue. It is clear from an existing document (Car specifications 1968, supervised by Automotive division, The Ministry of Transportation). The specification is as follows.

In fact, I do not understand how it was sold virtually. There is not it on a catalogue either, and there is not a price list, too. However, a car is sold in clear form in a market. I suppose that most of people of purchase performed the upgrading that took in a demand as same as Sedan's standard model. In those days, Hino and other many makers have been accepted to upgrade the standard model by demand of buyers.

Let try to validate the standard model with a notification of a new car and the document, some valuable pictures, and existing cars.

Coupe's Standard model in early production. Single light system and no mouldings typically.

<From New Model - PD300 (An extraction of notification document to the Ministry of Transport)>

Hino PD300 passenger car is two doors coupe based on Hino PD100 passenger car. A point of difference with PD100 is as follows:

  • 4 ride capacity and two door coupe,
  • Much of comfort of a front seat, and arranged to suitable sporty driving with indoor equipment, i.e, bucket seat, meter equipments and operation device,
  • A body is the style with low air drag and sporty,
  • The engine is high performance that was modified intake & exhaust shapes, valve spring, and cam shaft with 9.0 of compression ratio, maximum power of 65PS/5500epm, torque of 10.0kb/3800rpm, to improve high speed capability,
  • A transmission is 4 speed in forward gear and reverse gear with synchromesh for all of forward. Control is mechanical remote control by a floor lever,
  • Improved driving stability by reinforced front and back suspension including springs, and a steering return spring,
  • The brakes improved stability in high speed by making it a front Disk and a rear Leading-Trailing to improve high speed stability,
  • Installed a fuel tank in a trunk room and increased by front wheel excessively heavy distribution,
  • With standard model (Less Price) and Delux model (Expensive Price), and Deluxe model has specification changes as follows.

Specification - Delux Model

Items
Remarks
  • Dual headlight
STD - Single
  • Glass is a heat absorption glass (light blue).
STD - No color
  • Bumper's guide with rubber protection
  
  • Mouldings
 
  • Changing markes and ornaments
 
  • Large wheel cover
STD - Small
  • White wall tire
STD - Black
  • Backup lump
 
  • floor carpet and acoustic insulation
 
  • Gentrification of lining specifications
 
  • Glove box with protection key
 
  • Heater
 
  • Clock and cigarette lighter
 
  • Radio
 
  • Step light
 
  • Sunshade for passenger side
 
  • Armrest
 
  • Window washer
 
  • Trunk lining
 
  • Trunk room light
 
  • Adding low tone horn
 

New model - Major Specifiction
(Extracted)

Item
Delux Model
Standard Model
Manufacturer & Model
Hino PD300
Hino PD300
Categorization
D (Delux)
D (Standard)
Weight - Dry (kg)
945
895
Seat capacity
4
4
Total weight (kg)
1,165
1,115
Dimensions (mm) Length
4,150
4,090
Width
1,530
1,530
Hieght
1,340
1,340
Passenger compartment size (mm) Length
1,645
1,645
Width
1,280
1,280
Hieght
1,120
1,130
Dry Weight distribution (kg) Front
365
335
Rear
580
560
Total Weight distribution (kg) Front
460
430
Rear
705
685
Total Weight Ratio - Front (%)
39.4
38.6
Treads (mm) Front
1,235
1,235
Rear
1,225
1,225
Engine Model
GR100
GR100
Piston Displacement (cc)
1,251
1,251
Type of fuel
Gasoline
Gasoline
Wheelbase (mm)
2,280
2,280
Oberhabg to tail end (mm)
960
960
Tire Front
5.60-13-4PR
5.60-13-4PR
Rear
5.60-13-4PR
5.60-13-4PR
Largest stable inclined angle (degree) Right
48
48
Left
48
48
Chassis Identification Number Starting Number
PD300-100001
PD300-100001
Staring Date
1964.8.5
1964.8.5
Engine Identification Number Starting Number
GR100
GR100
Staring Date
1965.2.10
1965.2.10
Remarks Detailed Spec.
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Lights
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Commercial Name
Contessa 1300 Coupe
Contessa 1300 Coupe

<Standard model in the market>

  • Very simple interior decoration. This one was delivered to competition purpose. It equipped an oil pressure gauge, and it is very special decoration and agreeable guages without chrome that was purposed for competition. The time is January, 1966.

  • A side view of the car. It has no unnecessary mouldings and marks. Low downed ride height seems it has equipped heavy duty suspension. Also, dual head light was equipped.

  • In January, 1967, it is a racing coupe based on standard model at Funabashi Circuit in All Japan Car Club Competition. This car backed in Japan from USA tuned up by Team Samurai won overwhelming victory in T-1 class against Mini, Nissan, and so on. A picture is from Car Magazine (Baseball Magazine Corp.) in March, 1967.

  • A coupe standard records tail wing performance of GT Proto. Perhaps a place is Yatabe (JARI - Japan Automobile Research Institute). No bumper's guide with rubber protection, Single light gussed with shape, then no moulding on window rubber channes. It supposes the photography time to be 1965 ( in investigating).

  • Test in Fuji Speedway of LA Times GP championship car (this was coupe standard base), March, 1967. The left car is standard obviously. Nothing several mouldings and a characteristic of bumper shows it. If seeing more details, this cars equips exhaust muffler of sports kits and 14 inches diameter disk wheels for one type of show model.

  • This is Contessa Coupe exported comparatively recently by Japan made rescue in New Zealand by an enthusiast recently. Perhaps I suppose this to be a standard base.

  • The greatest characteristic is a front seat of this car. This is a coupe seat without reclining mechanism that was very rarely seen in those days. It is a simple system performing some angle adjustment for rear seat riding into. This seat in itself is drawing itself of the Ministry of Transportation's notification document.

(SE, Original, 2009.10.8)
(SE, modified, 2012.3.9)

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