1973 Fiat 500 Jolly Beach Car  Chassis no. 5140156

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Lot 223
1973 Fiat 500 Jolly Beach Car
Chassis no. 5140156

Sold for € 19,550 (US$ 23,307) inc. premium
1973 Fiat 500 Jolly Beach Car
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Ghia

Chassis no. 5140156
As redolent of La Dolce Vita Italy as the immortal Vespa scooter, the ‘beach car’ is most famously embodied by Ghia’s ‘Jolly’. A novel and quintessentially Italian concept, the Jolly transformed humble saloons such as FIAT’s 500 and 600 from basic transport into conspicuous indicators of wealth. 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, it was only practical as leisure transport, thus confirming its owner’s status as someone who could afford a car ‘just for fun’.

Resident in Italy, this stunning FIAT 500 Jolly has undergone total restoration. The body was totally sandblasted and galvanised prior to repainting; the engine rebuilt with a new crankcase, cylinders, ‘heads and pistons; the gearbox pinions replaced; the electrics re-wired and the wicker seats refurbished. Completed in 2003, this family owned car is finished in Tahiti yellow and presented in perfect condition throughout. Not currently registered, it is recorded with the Registro Storico FIAT and Carrozzeria Ghia Club Italia. This guaranteed crowd pleaser is offered complete with spare wheel, original jack and tool kit, and photographic record of the restoration.

Aussi évocatrice de la Dolce Vita que l’immortelle Vespa, la ‘voiture de plage’ est principalement connue dans sa version à carrosserie Ghia ‘Jolly’. La Jolly s’attire rapidement les faveurs des clients d’hôtels ou de terrains de golf luxueux, et séduit une nouvelle clientèle avec les propriétaires de yacht à la recherche d’un moyen de transport à quai lors d’escales sur la Riviera française ou italienne. Dépourvue de portes et équipée de sièges en osier, la Jolly est réservée aux loisirs uniquement, confirmant ainsi le statut de son propriétaire qui a les moyens de posséder une voiture ‘just for fun’.

En provenance d’Italie, cette Fiat 500 Jolly a fait l’objet d’une restauration complète. La coque a été entièrement sablée puis galvanisée avant d’être repeinte; le moteur a été refait avec un nouveau carter, une nouvelle culasse et des pistons neufs; les pignons de boîte remplacés, le faisceau électrique et les fauteuils en osier refaits. Achevée en 2003, la voiture est de couleur jaune Tahiti et présentée ici en excellent état général. Elle est inscrite dans le Registro Storico Fiat et au Carrozzeria Ghia Club Italia. La voiture est vendue complète avec sa roue de secours, son crick et sa trousse à outils d’origine ainsi qu’un dossier photographique de la restauration.

Saleroom notices

  • Various parties have expressed doubts as to the authenticity of this car’s coachwork, to which the vendor has responded by supplying production data, Historic Fiat Register and Ghia Club Italia homologation. Buyers are advised to satisfy themselves before bidding.
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