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Coachwork by Ghia
Aptly named, the Fiat Jolly was a favorite beach buggy of such notable personalities as Aristotle Onassis, Grace Kelly, and Mae West. In addition to seeing duty around posh beachside villas, Jollys also served as golf carts and city runabouts. Indeed, the Jolly’s diminutive dimensions made it ideal for stowage upon a yacht, so that upon arrival at port the cheery little car could shuttle passengers about town.
Based on various production Fiats, the Jolly was created by the Ghia design and coachbuilding firm. Unique features such as the cut-down windshield, striped surrey top, and genuine wicker seats all contributed to the Jolly’s fun-loving personality. Produced from 1958 to 1966, the Jolly was, at about $1,800, nearly twice the cost of the Fiat 500 or 600 upon which it was typically based.
Fresh off of a ground-up, six-month restoration by Theo’s Exotic Auto of Costa Mesa, California, this Jolly is finished in sky blue, which is perfectly accented with cream-colored wheels and chrome body piping. Topping off this delectable Italian offering are a picnic basket and rickshaw bell. An uncommon sight to behold, chassis 297597 represents a very rare opportunity to acquire an enjoyable piece of Italian automobile history.