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Fiat 500 Jolly

  • Spiaggina
  • Fresh built
  • ready for the beach

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The symbol of the Dolce Vita. The Fiat 500 Jolly

Italy’s location on the Mediterranean Sea meant innumerable beachfront cities and resorts. There was a brisk trade in beach buggy conversions of regular cars by the many specialist coachbuilders throughout Italy in the 50ties.

One such specialist was Ghia, who created the Jolly conversions on Fiat’s 500, 600, Multipla and Giardiniera platforms.
The legend says that Giovanni Agnelli, a passionate sailor and scion of Italy’s wealthy industrial aristocracy, commissioned the vehicle in his position as vice-president of FIAT at that time.
His goal was to produce a small vehicle with style in order to always have a car on his 2-masted sailing yacht that could be loaded and unloaded without much effort and that he could drive in style around the harbour and to the bars.
Carozzeria Ghia then converted a 1957 Fiat nuova 500 into a unique beach car. The roof and doors were removed, as were all the windows except for the windshield. The seats were covered not with fabric but with wicker, which was less sensitive to water and salt when Signore with his wet swimming trunks and Signora with her bikini damp from bathing jetted from the beach to the little snack bar in the bistro.

Known at home as a La Spiaggina, the Fiat beach buggy was than marketed worldwide as the Jolly. At twice the price of the regular version, the special beach edition was very well received by the richest personalities of the time, including shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis and actor Yul Brynner, who used it as a “land tender” for their yachts or as a golf car on their estate Grace Kelly (Princess of Monaco), US-Star and professional cowboy John Wayne, bosom wonder Mae West, US President Lyndon B.Johnson, etc…. Onassis even ordered 3 pieces!

Built by Carrozzeria Ghia on the basis of the Fiat 500 and later in the Giardiniera version, the Fiat 500 Jolly was produced between 1958 and 1965 and sold in Europe, the United States and even in South Africa.

Equipped with the classic air-cooled twin engine of 499.5 cc and 22 hp, the 500 Jolly reached a top speed of 105 km/h. One of the distinguishing features was the absence of doors: the thin chains were introduced only around 1965, although the most innovative aspect of the design was the inclusion of the chrome bars on the sides and upper part of the body, the sunshade.

This Fiat 500 was produced in 1969 and purchased by the vendor in 2022 in the south of Italy in very good bodywork condition, however, it required a complete renovation.
Engine capacity 499 ccm, power 13.5 KW.
The seller carried out a complete restoration of the car in his company. The car was completely disassembled and all the necessary body work was done. It was cleaned of old paint with corundum,  epoxy was applied, i.e. a primer protecting against corrosion.

The car was painted in the colour PACIFIC CORAL.
The covers of the armchairs are made of natural, real wicker.
The engine required repair, it was dismantled, renovated, checked and sealed by us, as was the gearbox.
The suspension and steering system is completely renovated with new parts and the replacement of worn parts.
All electrical installation is new.
The car’s lighting is new.
The tires are new, 125/70 R12.
New rims.
All seals are new.
The bumpers and bumper holders are new.
The car is MOT, and registered as a cabriolet.
Since the renovation was completed, I have driven the car about 20 kilometres.
The car looks and drives like new.

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500, Jolly




Poland, Zgorsko

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