As 1960s jet-setters partied down at sandy beaches all over the world, they were most often seen not in their Ferraris or Maserati’s but behind the wheel of a Fiat Jolly. The Jolly, based upon the reliable mechanicals of the Italian “people’s car,” the 500, featured dune buggy-like bodywork by Ghia of Turin, with open sides, a simple surrey top, and wicker seats that would have looked at home at an English garden party. It was often finished in brilliant, shiny colours, making it all the better to match one’s swimsuit or yacht club burgee. Jollies were all the rage on the streets of resort towns, and if you were really a member of the jet-set, you carried one upon the deck of your yacht as a tender.
For a mere two years between 1964 and 1966 an “economical” version was available with normal bumpers without chromed tubes and tubular chassis seats and a wrapped plastic cord.
The Fiat 500D Jolly by Ghia that is offered today is one of the rarer “economical” versions and was purchased as a gift for Mrs. Klier Mariannein by her husband in 1963 in celebration of her daughter’s birth. This wonderful Ghia 500 Jolly has always been owned by the same family until this year.
Included in the sale are numerous photos of the car that resemble exactly how it appeared when it was purchased by Mrs. Klier and her children, as well as when it was repainted in yellow livery during the ‘80s. At this time Mr. Klier’s family owned a Hotel in the prestigious marine town of Alassio in Liguria and #273192 on occasion held the privilege of chauffeuring VIP’s in and around the hotel grounds.
The car was recently discovered by Coys specialists in a garage of Alassio, a village in Liguria, in the same barn-find condition that it is offered today, the history of the car is known, certain and continuous.
The body is in very good condition and quite understandably as a barn find, we are advised that the mechanics will require light recommissioning. Included in its history file are the original Italian registration papers alongside a certificate from the Reistro Italiano, both confirming that the Jolly body was built in period by Ghia. This is certainly a unique opportunity to acquire an original and “barn find” condition Fiat 500 D Jolly Ghia.