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Coachwork by Ghia
Produced between 1958 and 1966 and based upon both Fiat’s 500 and upmarket 600 chassis, the festive Jolly beach car was inspired by Fiat chair Gianni Agnelli for use on his 82' yacht Agneta. Italy’s Ghia coachworks modified the cars, including removal of the doors and roof, cut-down side panels, plus the addition of chrome pipework, wicker seats, a surrey top, and several beach-inspired paint colors. While production estimates vary, only some 400 to 500 were built in all, with an estimated 100 surviving today.
Noted Ferrari collector Greg Garrison was believed to be the first and sole owner of this Fiat 600 Jolly, having used it exclusively for many years on his Andalusian horse ranch located in California’s Hidden Valley. The consignor purchased it in 2011 from the Garrison estate and then completely restored it to concours level with work completed in 2014. Palmdale, California’s Tony Castellano performed the body and paintwork, and Valley Head Service rebuilt the original engine and the gearbox was refurbished in house. Original parts were retained where possible; new old stock items include the floors, headlamp lenses, complete new wiring, and new instrument cluster. Having only logged break-in miles since the restoration and approximately 1,350 miles in total, the Jolly retains its Italian license plate. Accompanied by a maintenance manual and photo book documenting the restoration, this highly collectible and rare 600 Jolly is ready to charm all who see it.