Formerly the property of the Agnelli family,1959 Fiat 600 Jolly Beach Car  Chassis no. 6411833
Lot 149
Formerly the property of the Agnelli family, 1959 Fiat 600 Jolly Beach Car
Chassis no. 6411833
Sold for €40,000 (US$ 46,960) inc. premium

Les Grandes Marques à Monaco

20 May 2011, 14:30 CEST

Monte Carlo

Lot Details
Formerly the property of the Agnelli family,1959 Fiat 600 Jolly Beach Car  Chassis no. 6411833 Formerly the property of the Agnelli family,1959 Fiat 600 Jolly Beach Car  Chassis no. 6411833
Formerly the property of the Agnelli family
1959 Fiat 600 Jolly Beach Car
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Ghia

Chassis no. 6411833
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'.
In the case of the Jolly we offer, the original owner was none other than the Agnelli family, founder and owner of FIAT. The Agnellis kept the Jolly until 1960 and the car had had only four owners when it was purchased by the current vendor at Brook's Monaco auction in May 1998 (Lot 160) with fewer than 6,000 kilometres recorded. It is believed that for much of the intervening period the car was resident in California. Today a total of circa 32,000 kilometres is displayed on the odometer and the Jolly is described as in generally excellent condition, benefiting from an engine rebuild carried out by Kensington Car Care in London only 800 kilometres ago. The car is offered with FIAT Club letter of authentification, old Italian libretto and UK Swansea V5 registration document.

Cette Jolly d’origine proposée à la vente a eu comme premier propriétaire la famille Agnelli elle-même, fondatrice et propriétaire de FIAT. Les Agnelli la conservèrent jusqu’en 1960 et la voiture n’a eu depuis que quatre propriétaires avant d’être achetée par l’actuel vendeur à la vente Bonhams de Monaco en mai 1998 (Lot 160) avec moins de 6 000 km au compteur. La voiture aurait entre-temps séjourné en Californie. Elle affiche aujourd’hui près de 32 000 km et est décrite comme étant en excellent état général après avoir bénéficié d’une réfection du moteur effectuée par Kensington Car Care à Londres et parcouru depuis 800 km. Elle est accompagnée d’une lettre d’authentification par le Club FIAT, de son ancien libretto italien et de son document d’immatriculation britannique V5 de Swansea.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this lot has been withdrawn due to problems with transportation. The car will be available for sale at a future Bonhams auction. Veuillez noter que ce lot a été retiré de la vente en raison de problèmes de transport. Cette voiture sera mise en vente dans une de nos prochaines ventes.
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