1960 Fiat 500

Jolly Ghia

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1960
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    White/ Wicker
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Coys Auction - Automoto D‘Epoca
Padova Fiera
Padova, Italy

Italy

Saturday 25th October 2008

Admission by catalogue only - admits two.

Italy''s location on the Mediterranean Sea resulted in innumerable beachfront cities and resorts and in the 1960s there was a brisk trade in beach buggy conversions of regular cars by the many specialist coachbuilders throughout Italy at the time. Without roof *or* doors, the cars are basic in the extreme. This simplicity, however, remains their most endearing feature, giving these cheeky runabouts a sense of fun and mischief comparable only with the later Mini Moke.

One such specialist was Ghia which created the Jolly conversions on Fiat''s 500, 600, Multipla and Giardiniera platforms. Known at home as La Spiaggina, a word difficult to translate but meaning something like ‘beachette’, the Fiat beach buggy was marketed worldwide as the Jolly, meaning joker in Italian, but also meanin