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Lot 66

2014   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2014

1959 Fiat 600 Jolly

Coachwork by Ghia

SOLD $82,500

Estimate

$75,000 - $95,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

629048

Car Highlights

Rare, One of Approximately 200 Made
Discovered in Beautifully Intact, Barn-Find Condition
Meticulously Restored by Well-Known Jolly Specialist

Technical Specs

633 CC OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Downdraft Carburetor
28 BHP at 4,600 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Transverse Leaf Spring
Radius-Arm Rear Suspension with Coil Springs
Register to Bid

Owner, Miami, Florida (registered in the 1960s)Owner, Chattanooga, Tennessee (registered in the 1970s)Current Owner

The Fiat 600 was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 1955 and, over the following 14 years, more than 2.5 million examples were produced. On a whim, designer Dante Giacosa of Carrozzeria Ghia penned a quirky little sidekick to the 600, called the “Jolly,” or “Joker” in Italian. Fewer than 200 Jollys were built between 1958 and 1969, and their rarity was reflected in their sticker price – almost double the standard Fiat 600. Many Jolly enthusiasts believe that fewer than 100 survive today.

This Jolly was built in 1959 and shipped to Miami-Dade County in Florida, where it was registered until 1964. The little Jolly was recently discovered in a Chattanooga, Tennessee, barn, showing some 5,000 km on its odometer, complete with Italian license plates. It had remained with one family for approximately 39 years and was last road registered in 1974.

The current owner purchased the well-preserved, low-mileage 600 Jolly in May 2013, placing it with a California-based specialist in Italian microcars who completed its restoration to factory specifications, choosing the optional pastel salmon exterior color. The Jolly serves today as a delightful reminder of a time when coach-builders, catering to well-heeled clientele, built a few highly stylish, whimsical cars intended for pure enjoyment in the world’s most beautiful and exclusive locales.