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Lot 278: Fiat 600 Jolly Beach Car

The Monaco Sale, Bonhams (11 May 2012)

As redolent of La Dolce Vita Italy as the immortal Vespa scooter, the 'beach car' is most famously embodied by Ghia's 'Jolly', unquestionably the best known of the many alternatives to the standard FIAT 600 offered by some of Italy's finest carrozzeria. Introduced in 1955 and produced for 15 years, FIAT's 600 and 600D proved to be an outstanding success for the company, with some 2.5 million built. The compact, rear-engined saloon spawned numerous variants, from sporting and competition versions by Abarth to the ahead-of-its-time Multipla people carrier and, of course, the Jolly. A novel and quintessentially Italian concept that transformed these humble saloons from basic transport into conspicuous indicators of wealth, the Jolly was a 'beach buggy' before that genre was popularised by scores of Volkswagen-based specials. The Jolly found favour as courtesy transport for patrons of luxury hotels and golf courses or for use ashore after one had docked one's yacht on the Italian or French Riviera. Lacking doors and equipped with wickerwork seats, the Jolly was only practical as leisure transport, thus confirming its owner's status as someone who could afford a car 'just for fun'. This charming FIAT Jolly was restored in 1998 and since then has been well maintained. Finished in light blue with wicker seats, the car is offered with Italian libretto.

Lot Details
Auction The Monaco Sale
Bonhams, Monaco
TypeCar
Lot Number278
Estimate€25000-€32000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€37000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€42550
Year1959
Condition rating0
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Mileage-
Chassis number438198
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