1969 Fiat Michelotti Shellette Beach Car
Chassis no. 100GB 1231722
Engine no. 100GB000
843cc OHV four-cylinder motor
Single dual throat carburetor
47bhp at 5,300rpm
Four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
-One of only 80 Shellettes made
-Styled and built by the famed stylist Giovanni Michelotti
-Fun example of Italian coachbuilt design
-Less than 10,000 miles form new and highly original
-Fully documented and recently acquired from its original owner
The Michelotti Shellette
The Michelotti Shellette is the result of a collaboration between yacht designer Phillip Schell and famed automotive stylist Giovanni Michelotti. Michelotti was one of Italy's most important and influential stylists, servicing Vignale, Maserati, Lancia, BMW and many others. Based on a Fiat 850, the Shellette has been substantially reworked to the point where it bears little resemblance to the Fiat. The styling is dramatic and aero, reflecting the design trends of the mid to late '60s in Italy.
Unlike the much more common Fiat Jolly, the Shellette is a far more refined and better equipped machine. Featuring a drive-train capable of comfortably moving the car along at 60mph, it also has heat and a stereo system. The more luxurious Shellette was produced in low numbers only 80. Of the 80 built one found its way to Jacqueline Onassis who used it on the Island of Skorpios, and an early DAF based Shellette was used by the Dutch Royal Family at their summer residence in Porto Ercole. Today, of the less than 10 which are known to survive, at least three reside in museum collections.
The Motorcar Offered
This car was literally discovered in the barn of its original owner a few years ago. The owner, who was personal friends of Phillip Schell, had the new Shellette shipped directly from Michelotti to America. The car still includes its original export documents and photos of the car being uncrated upon arrival. During its long ownership period, the car was used only occasionally and racked up less than 10,000 miles in the 40 year span. Today, the car is in largely original and well preserved condition. The car did receive a respray some years back but little else has been changed since it left the Michelotti works.
In the last year it has been made to run very well and fitted with new tires so it could be safely enjoyed. A new top was made to preserve the original that is included along with the matching canvas covers for the wicker seats. Presently the car runs and drives like a 10,000 mile car and is offered in ready to cruise condition.
The Michelotti Shellette represents the most useable, refined and rarest of the fun Italian resort cars. This example, with its wonderful history, documentation and originality is as good as it gets!