On January 16, 1966, Happy Valley driving test was held in a Cyprus Island (the Mediterranean Sea eastern part). Contessa 1300 competed for running performance and operation performance ranked with 40 world famous cars such as Morris Mini Cooper, Triumph. MG Midget. Renault Gordini, and Simica, then acquired the first place in both 1300cc class and overall class. Contessa 1300 demonstrated excellent performance.
In addition, a message of praise for Contessa 1300 has been sent from Mr. Tricomitis of President at our local agency who participated in this race (the racer who is famous in Mediterranean Sea district) as follows.
"Ruunning and driving performance of a car of your company is really fantastic. I consider that I sell a car of excellent your company as honor truly"
By the way, 50 several Contessa and 20 several Briska are exported to this island.
(Extracted from Hino company report, March, 1966)