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Coachwork by Ghia
A darling of the beachfront elite and marina magnates, including the likes of Aristotle Onassis, the appropriately named “Jolly” was created by Carrozzeria Ghia as an upmarket variant of the beloved Fiat 600 – for twice its price. The diminutive, fringe-topped runabout delivered a full 28.5 hp, and offered interior/ exterior space for four revelers in bathing suits.
Over the years, many Jollys have been modified to meet the whims and wiles of specific owners and their hobbies – but not this example. Unaltered from factory specification, this lovely light blue 600 comes with a well-chronicled provenance. Originally imported through Houston to the Italian Southwest Car Company of Fort Worth, Texas, chassis 626268 was first owned by Karney Cochran of Wellsville, New York – and his family’s tenure with the car continued for 54 years. In 2015, showing just 18,000 miles, it was acquired by the current owner, a collector in the Netherlands who commissioned a restoration by specialist Martin Dijkhof. The work was completed this past year, costing nearly $90,000 and included a refurbishment of the wicker seats by craftsmen from the renowned Aangeenbrug atelier in Lisse. The Jolly is offered with a tool roll, instruction book, and its 1961 Bill of Sale.
Barely driven since restoration, this gorgeous Jolly is correct to its original specifications and is primped, primed, and prepped to provide miles of whimsical entertainment to its next owner.