• Outstanding fresh restoration
• Desirable Coral paint
• Wicker seats and surry top
• Small in size, but big in charisma
479 cc rear-mounted, air-cooled OHV two-cylinder engine rated at 16.5 HP, three-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with transverse leaf spring, independent rear suspension with single wishbones and coil springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 72.4"
As one of the oldest car companies in the world, Fiat has built everything from fine and luxurious touring cars to super-fast sports cars. Their excellent engineering has also been used as the basis for many other car builders such as Autobianchi, Abarth, and Stanga. One of Fiat’s most popular and successful cars was the famous “500,” which managed to stay in production from 1957 all the way to 1975. The 500 has also enjoyed a resurgence with an all-new model introduced in May of 2006. Some fifty years after the first Fiat 500 was presented, this charming design lives on creating a new legacy for this amazing little car. The versatile platform of the 500 had many derivatives, but none came close to the charming and cute little Jolly. With a little help from Ghia, the 500 was cut, chopped, reworked, and reborn as a cute little “island hopper.” The result was a car that offered big fun in a small package. Many were used on various island resorts around the world. Advertising for the Jolly was nothing out the ordinary, but perhaps its greatest publicity came from Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, who carried one about his luxury yacht, the Christina O and used it regularly for shopping when in port.
Offered here is a 1960 Jolly finished in a lovely Coral, the perfect color for an island paradise. Clearly this is a color that makes the Jolly rank as one of the cutest cars ever built. Small in size, but big in charisma, the Jolly always gathers a crowd wherever it goes. This Jolly was the subject of a very high level restoration that has returned to like-new condition both inside and out. The Coral paint carries an excellent shine and the quality of its restoration is clearly evident in its overall appearance. Just a few chrome trim pieces lend a simplistic charm and the Fiat crest is proudly mounted up front. Most impressive is the delicately fringed surrey top finished in a lovely tan that adds a nice contrast to its tasteful Coral color. This little Jolly rides on correct factory tires with chrome beauty rings and chrome hubcaps. If the Jolly looks simple from the outside, the interior literally defines the word modest. Sporting room for four passengers, a simple set of wicker seats is all that is needed for driving about the island and a two-spoke steering wheel with a single gauge pod on the dash sums up the extent of the Jolly’s comfort level. The tan carpet is new and is a nice complement to its wicker seats. Clearly, the Jolly was not built for extended touring but, for downtown shopping or a ride the beach, there is no other car that can match is charismatic look. Power for the Jolly comes from the tried and proven rear-mounted Fiat 500 with 16 horsepower. This overhead valve engine is able to move the 1,050 Jolly with ease as it can reach 56 miles per hour, all while providing over 50 miles per gallon. The Jolly was priced at almost double the standard Fiat 500 making it a toy for the most affluent of high society.
The history and impact of the Jolly is perhaps as small as the car itself, but it remains an iconic car that made a dramatic impact. While many collector cars have risen in value, the little Jolly from Fiat has climbed astronomically. Ghia’s magic turned the little 500 into a delightful little car. By chopping off the roof, fitting it with a fringed surrey canopy top, removing the doors, and dressing it with charming wicker seats they created timeless masterpiece that is easily recognized from any angle. This Jolly, with its excellent restoration, is more than ready for stylish and fun outings on a regular basis.
1960 Fiat 500 Jolly