Fiat 500 'Jolly' up for sale in November
A 1957 Fiat 500 Ghia Jolly is going on sale at Auction America's next sale at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.
The rare beach-going car is one of only 400 believed to be converted from original 500 models by the well-known coachbuilding and car designer Ghia.
They are recognisable by the chromed detailing, wicker seats and the lack of a roof. Fiat did provide the car with an awning-type roof, however this example goes without as the owner disposed of it before the sale due to general wear and tear.
Powered by a 479 cc two-cylinder, rear mounted engine, the 500 Jolly could reach speeds up to 65mph. The motor was paired with a four-speed, floor-shift manual gearbox.
This Turquoise Blue example comes with wicker seats, seat belts, spare tyre, polished wheel covers and whitewall tyres to match the retro style.
This is believed to be one of less than 100 Ghia-built Jolly's left in existence, which means it commands a high cost for such a small car. The asking price for this beautifully restored 500 Jolly is between £45,700 and £61,000 ($60,000 to $80,000), with the sale taking place on November 5th at the South Carolina-based sale.
Also included in the Hilton Head Island sale is a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, listed between $90,000 and $120,000 and a 1958 Jaguar XK 150S Roadster, which has a lower estimate of $135,000.
Written by Jack Healy