1971 Fiat Jolly

Ghia FIAT Registry and Ghia Society

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1971
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Red
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Coys Auction - Légende et Passion
Espace Fontvielle
Monaco
Friday 30th April 2010 at 11AM
Registration Number: EU taxes paid Chassis Number: 110F27373334
Italy‘s location on the Mediterranean Sea meant innumerable beachfront cities and resorts. There was a brisk trade in beach buggy conversions of regular cars by the many specialist coachbuilders throughout Italy at the time. One such specialist was Ghia (now owned by Ford), who created the Jolly conversions on Fiat‘s 500 platforms.
Known at home as La Spiaggina, a word difficult to translate but something like "beachette", the Fiat beach-buggy was marketed worldwide as the Jolly, meaning "joker" in Italian, but also meaning something light, fun, funny and pretty in several languages.
The car was quite expensive - and was bought by the rich and famous such as Aristotle Onassis and Yul Brynner as yacht tenders, golf carts and estate runabouts. As a result, most surviving examples have covered low mileages only.
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