• 1 of only 400 original Ghia-built Jollys
• Fully serviced and ready to enjoy
500 cc two-cylinder engine, 13 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, coil spring independent front suspension, trailing arm coil spring rear suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 78”
The Fiat 500 is one of the most successful Italian vehicles ever, designed as a reliable urban transportation vehicle. Millions were built beginning in 1957 and, today, many are still on the road. There are very few cars that will turn heads like a well-done Fiat Jolly. First conceived by Fiat Chairman Gianni Agnelli and introduced in 1957, the Jolly, with coachwork by Ghia, had no real practical use except for that of pure attention and enjoyment. They practically ooze the cool factor of the French Riviera in the ‘60s, and many wealthy Italian playboys, such as Agnelli himself and Aristotle Onassis, would load these cars on their yachts and were often photographed using them as beach cruisers when they went on vacation. The jaunty design, with a fabric surrey top and no doors or windows, can’t be called practical by any stretch of the imagination, but practical isn’t what a Fiat Jolly is all about. It’s a statement that you can afford to drive anything you want, and you choose to have fun and enjoy the simplicity of a completely open small car, making this Jolly your ideal super-yacht tender for those pesky errands to the jewelry store or wine shop. The Jolly was a customized version of the Fiat 500 penned by Ghia in very limited numbers – most historians believe that around 400 were initially built, with less than 100 of the original Ghia-built Jollys remaining in service today.
This beautiful turquoise example shows just 37,644 miles, and was comprehensively restored previously, and more recently serviced and freshened by the current owner. It is, of course, equipped with the classic wicker seats and a brand new jaunty turquoise and white surrey top. It is complete with seat belts, spare tire, and body-color steel wheels with thin whitewall tires and polished wheel covers. Step inside, and you’ll notice that the wicker seats are fresh; it has like-new clean floor mats, and a beautiful dash. It’s clean, stylish, unique, and this Jolly runs and drives as you would expect from a fully restored vehicle.
With cut-down sides and exposed chrome external tubing providing the support for the fabric roof, the Ghia design was called “Jolly de Plage”, which loosely translates to “Joker of the Beach”. The surrey top harkens back to the carriages the wealthy enjoyed back in the day. The price tag on a new Jolly was over twice that of the standard Fiat, so ownership was pretty much limited to the wealthy as a fashion accessory. American stars like John Wayne, Mae West, Yul Brynner, and even Lyndon Johnson and Elvis Presley were known to keep a Jolly at their homes and ranches.
Beautifully restored, it has received great care and has been well-serviced. It is nicely detailed throughout, and is an absolute blast to drive. The two-cylinder engine allows it to be driven at modern street speeds, and while you won’t set any land speed records, it will earn the new owner a spot in any gathering and more than its share of attention wherever it goes.
This Jolly is fully ready to enjoy, whether it is around the neighborhood or around your favorite beach resort area. Authentically presented and in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition, this eye-catching example is the quintessential Jolly, with a fun factor like few other cars.
1957 Fiat 500 Jolly