1961 Fiat Jolly 500

The expense of restoring these cars can be surprisingly high even if you
get the local basket-weaving class to refurbish your seats for free


Few cars that Fiat produced had the “cuteness” of the Jolly. With coachwork by Ghia, the Fiat Jolly 500 was introduced in 1957, and had no real practical use, except for that of pure enjoyment. Many wealthy playboys, such as Fiat chief Gianni Agnelli, would load these cars on their yachts and use them as beach cars when they went on vacation. Weighing in at a mere 1,050 pounds, the Jolly could actually accomplish speeds of 59 mph, while achieving gas mileage of 52 mpg, thus acting as an ideal shore dingy.
The Fiat Jolly 500 offered here is a fine example of a rare rust-free car that has benefited from a thorough and comprehensive restoration. This example was purchased new in California, and we understand the car was primarily used within the confines of a private golf community for several years. It is in top mechanical shape, with a recent engine rebuild. Finished in a delightful salmon exterior paint, this Jolly 500 fits the expected mold perfectly.
Whether on the beaches and boardwalks in the South of France, the rolling hills and cypress forests of the Monterey Peninsula, or even dangling off the back of one’s yacht, few cars offer the versatility and comfort that this fully restored wicker demon does. Needless to say, this fantastic Fiat is virtually unmatched in its restoration and will offer its next owner years of comfort and serenity in even the most busy of environments.