1965 Fiat Jolly 500SOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $25,000 - $35,000


$53,900 Sold

16.5hp, 479cc air cooled two-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, four-wheel leaf springs and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: Unbelievably Short

Fiat broke new ground in the 1950s, toying with new ideas for land travel as well as air travel. In 1951, Fiat came out with the G-80, which was Italy ’ s first ever jet aircraft and in 1953, Fiat ’ s first ever diesel engine. The company was on a roll and in the period of 10 years its workforce expanded from 70,000 to 80,000 and production rose from 70,000 cars to well over 330,000 cars.

Few cars that Fiat produced had the “ cuteness ” appeal as that of the Jolly. Introduced in 1957, the Fiat Jolly, with coachwork by Ghia, had no real practical use, except for that of pure enjoyment. Many wealthy playboys, such as Fiat chief, Gianni Agnelli, would load these cars on their yachts and use them as beach cars when they went on vacation.

Weighing in at a mere 1,050 lbs, the Jolly could actually accomplish speeds of 59 miles per hour, presumably with the top down, while achieving gas mileage of 52 miles per gallon, thus becoming the ideal shore dinghy.

The Fiat Jolly 500 offered here in Sky Blue has always been an estate car in the Connecticut region. In the mid 1970s it changed ownership, having been bet and lost by its original owner over a game of tennis.

Today, it is a show quality example having recently benefited from a thorough and comprehensive restoration by the Carini Carrozzeria. The authentic wicker seats are original to this car; amazingly, they are quite comfortable and roomy, accommodating even the tallest of drivers and passengers.

With only 11,310 registered miles on the original powertrain, the Fiat only needed minimal attention to be returned to top mechanical condition. Years of exposure to the salty ocean breeze meant that many of these steel-bodied cars were plagued by corrosion and as a result the survivor rate of the Jolly is very low. That fact makes this example all the more desirable, as it is a rare opportunity to come across an authentic Fiat Jolly for sale, much less finding one in premier mechanical and aesthetic condition ready to enjoy.

Reference Number 6353

as of 1/21/2007

Car 1965 Fiat Jolly 500
VIN 136772 
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