1960 Fiat Jolly - The Real Deal!
- Condition: Used
- Make: Fiat
- Type: Convertible
- Trim: Jolly
- Year: 1960
- Mileage: 11,308
- Color: White
- Engine size: 2 Cylinder
- Number of cylinders: 2
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: 4 Speed
- Interior color: White
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
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1960 Fiat Jolly Offered as a reserve auction.
This exceptionally original and very rare 500 US Market Jolly has a known history going back many years. I recently acquired the car from a caretaker who bought the car from the estate of a 30 year owner, who had the car stored in his living room. Reportedly "kept in a box" for most of its life, having been delivered new to the Bahamas and supposedly used on the hit TV show Fantasy Island-none of which I buy-the car was in a nice dry barn when we found it. As is my habit, we immediately washed and cleaned the car, since I don't believe dust is of historic value.
All the lights work, it runs, shifts, and stops, and the car appears to be complete save the gas tank.
You could go 2 ways with this car- leave it alone save the minor touch up the paint needs. Its obviously been resprayed, rather copiously, but the sins of its previous caretakers aren't too severe, and you just don't see unrestored Jollys-this is the first one I have ever seen. or its such an easy restoration... you know the drill.
It appears to be correct in every manner sporting its trademark Wicker seats and Surrey top. Its always a rare opportunity to acquire a Jolly, one of the true Icons of the Exceterini.
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The Fiat 500 (Italian: cinquecento, (pronounced cheen-kway-chento) was produced by Fiat between 1957 and 1975, with limited production of the Fiat 500 K estate continuing until 1977. The car was designed by Dante Giacosa. Launched as the Nuova 500 in July 1957, it was marketed as a cheap and practical town car. Measuring only 3 meters (~10 feet) long, and originally powered by a tiny 479 cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine, the 500 redefined the term "small car" and is considered one of the first city cars. In 2007 Fiat launched a similar looking, retro-styled car, the Fiat Nuova 500.
To meet the demands of the post-war market which called for economy cars, the Fiat 500 was rear-engined on the pattern of the Volkswagen Beetle, just like its bigger brother, the 1955 Fiat 600. Several car makers followed this now nearly vanished design at the time and were quite successful, but only the Fiat 500 was used as the template for other car makers in Europe. Despite its diminutive size, the 500 proved to be an enormously practical and popular vehicle throughout Europe. Besides the two-door coupé, it was also available as the "Giardiniera" station wagon; this variant featured the standard engine laid on its side, the wheelbase lengthened by 10 cm (4 in) which yielded a usable rear seat, a full-length sunroof, and larger brakes from the Fiat 600. Sports models were produced by Abarth. An Austrian variant, produced by Steyr-Daimler-Puch, the 1956-1969 Steyr-Puch 500, had a motorcycle-derived Puch boxer twin motor, a sports model of which was the 1964-1968 Steyr-Puch 650 TR2.
Production of the 500 ended in 1975, although its replacement, the Fiat 126, was launched two years earlier. The 126 was never as popular as its predecessor in Italy, but was (and still is) enormously popular in the former Eastern Bloc countries, where it is famed for mechanical durability and fuel economy.
In 1958 Fiat shipped a number of Fiat 500's and 600's to the Italian design house Ghia for conversion into the Jolly. Featuring wicker seats and the option of a fringed top to shield its occupants from the Mediterranean sun, these cars were originally made for use on large yachts of the wealthy (Aristotle Onassis owned one). With a cost of nearly double that of a standard "500", they were made in a very limited production, many of which are unique. 32 Jolly cars were used as taxis on the island of Catalina off the coast of Los Angeles in the USA in the years 1958-1962. Our Ebay Policies:
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