I don’t know about you, but I love all of Fiat’s cars – each and every one of them. Like me, if you have a big love for tiny Fiats, but unlike me, you have deep pockets, here’s your chance to snag a 1957 Fiat Jolly (Cinquecento). The car, Fiat’s answer to Volkswagen Beetle has come a long way since then. And some of them are now considered classics, like this Fiat 500 Jolly. In a couple of months, it will go under the hammer at Hilton Head in South Carolina.
According to the car auction house Auctions America, the Jolly is customized by Italian coachbuilder Ghia (now owned by Ford). They have in fact converted about 400 Fiat 500s into Jolly’s and fewer than 100 are now in use. The wicker seats and canopy-style roof are unique to this limited edition. They also note it is mostly seen with doors open. Roofless and open doors – not for the windy and cold Northeast. It currently has Florida plates, it should stay in warmer climates, or perhaps go west.
The Jolly measures around 10-feet. Fitting a city car, it comes equipped with a scooter strength 479-cc two-cylinder, rear-mounted engine, and a four-speed manual transmission. I just wonder what happens if Fiat installs one of their Maserati engines in a Fiat (that’s for another day!) Well preserved and restored, the car with Turquoise Blue exterior also feature polished wheel covers and thin whitewall tires.
When the current owner bought the car way back when it apparently had a canopy top. However because of wear and tear they chopped it off. The auction is set for November 5. Auctions America expects the Fiat Jolly to fetch between $60,000 and $80,000.