Contessa 1900 Sprint at Tokio Motor Show.
Hino Motor Industry introduced a sporting version of the rear-engined Contessa. Called Contessa S, it is virtually the production model of the works-prepared, stage 3 tuned Contessa. The 893c.c. engine is souped up to 40 b.h.p, at 5,000 r.p.m, and a four-speed floor shift gearbox is fitted. The standard Contessa retains the 35 h.p. engine and all-synchro three-speed box.
Although it was shown at last year's Turin, the Hino Contessa 900 Sprint was presented for the first time in Japan. The Michelotti-designed sleek Coupé created a lot of interest and most people thought it was the most beautiful car of the show. As is well known, the basic body unit and suspension are those of the Hino Contessa and the rear-mounted 893 c.c. engine was tuned by Enrico Nardi and has a twinchoke Weber. At the front Dunlop disc brakes are fitted. Hino still hopes to have the Contessa Sprint built in Italy for the E.E.C. market and has no plan to import it into Japan. (Tokyo report, October'63)