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Coachwork by Ghia
From The Dobbs Motorsports Collection
Born of Gianni Agnelli’s wish for motorized transport from his yacht, the Fiat Jolly made a splash with the day’s jet set as an irrepressibly charming beach car. The Jolly was produced from 1958 to 1966, with approximately 200 examples built on the 600 platform, making it one of Fiat’s most collectible models.
This beautifully restored Jolly reportedly was gifted new from the Fiat factory to a Chrysler engineer, named Knecht, who had been working with Fiat in Italy. Mr. Knecht returned to the US and settled on Harsens Island in Michigan, and the Fiat was used minimally around that area.
After passing to Mr. Knecht’s brother, a resident of Birmingham, Michigan, the Fiat was purchased in 1975 by the O’Brien family of Boyne City, Michigan. The O’Briens retained possession of the car for nearly 40 years, eventually commissioning a refurbishment by nearby Hafner Restoration Services from 2010 to 2011, as documented by accompanying invoices.
James K. Dobbs III acquired the 600 from Mr. O’Brien in August 2012, at which point the odometer displayed 4,068 km. Since then, the Jolly has been optimally maintained, including the mounting of new whitewall tires in 2014, and driven just over 100 km since purchase. Charming with its painted dash and wicker upholstery, this minimally used Fiat would make a fantastic complement to any collection and would be ideal for enthusiasts of coachbuilt Italian cars.