The Fiat 500 (The Cinquecento) was without doubt the motor car that gave motoring to the Italian public. Until its introduction, motoring was mainly restricted to the aristocracy or the very rich of Italy.
With the arrival of the Fiat 500, at last an average working person was able to buy their own motor car, and give them the freedom and enjoyment craved. The Giardiniera (known as the 500K in some markets) was the estate version of the Fiat 500 and whilst it was the longest running model, only a fraction of Fiat 500’s ever sold were built to this specification.
With the introduction of this revolutionary small car, created years before the Mini, it was taken to the Italian public’s heart, and soon was adopted by the prestigious Italian coachbuilders such as Touring, Pininfarina or Vignale, all vying with each other to create their own variation of coachwork design from open topped sports car to estate in many forms. The most well-known, and to many the prettiest of all these variants, was the Ghia designed Jolly, a four-seater open beach car with no doors and infusing nothing but fun in its design.
These superb designs were soon adopted by the rich and famous film stars and millionaires of the time that spent their summers in the Mediterranean and Riviera, with them being used as shore cars, carried on their luxury yachts, or merely going from their Riviera villa to the beach or restaurant. An iconic car of the late 50s and 60s.
This exceptionally rare Jolly Giardiniera was purchased new in 1967 and it was only a handful of years later in 1974 when it was converted by a fiat specialist in Lignano Sabbradoro, near Udine. It is one of seven ever produced and only three are known to have survived, and most likely none have been kept to this exceptional condition and originality.
#187581 is described by the vendor to be in excellent condition throughout and has undergone a recent service to ensure this. Still entirely original, the car is fitted with its candy stripe ‘Bimini’ top in light blue and white as well as its hand-woven wicker seats.
Offered at a realistic reserve, this is a rare opportunity to purchase a period Jolly that has been cared for and enjoyed by its owner for many years. Perfect for the Riviera or the Amalfi coast this summer.