The Lancia Superjolly is an alloy-bodied light commercial vehicle produced by the Italian manufacturer Lancia. The truck, which shares its engine and some other mechanicals with the Lancia Flavia, is the successor of the Appia-based Lancia Jolly. The 1½ ton Superjolly has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor. The little truck was produced from 1962 to 1970 in Turin, Italy. The first model was produced in around 1,500 examples, while overall production was 2,948. The engine was originally a 1.5 liter flat-four cylinder, and with 58 PS (43 kW) it has considerably more power than the Jolly›s V4 engine.
The Superjolly has front-wheel drive with independent suspension, meaning that the loading area is uncommonly low. A three-speed manual transmission was standard.
The low-loading truck was available with a variety of bodywork, as a van, pick-up, ambulance, and bus. There were also special designs available, such as a mobile home version and a display truck for companies to show their new products. The truck was also used by the Italian Post.
In 1962 in the Lancia factory in Chivasso they produced the special vehicle we have for sale here. It is based on the standard Superjolly but in open-top bus form. It has two front seats and a large rear circular bench that follows the body of the vehicle. It is painted blue and white with the interior in alcantara. It has never been registered and was used during factory visits by VIPs and the presentation of new products. In 1978, during the visit of , it was modified with new seats for the visit of the pope to the plant.
This Lancia Superjolly has been the subject of a restoration and is sold with the bill of sale. Being the only one ever built in this formation and having been used by the Pope, makes this a very special, collectable and unique little truck.