Fiat 500 Jolly

Fiat broke new ground in the 1950s, toying with new ideas for land travel as well as air travel. In 1951, Fiat came out with the G-80, which was Italy’s first ever jet aircraft, and in 1953 came Fiat’s first ever diesel engine. The company was on a roll, and in a period of 10 years, its workforce expanded from 70,000 to 80,000, and production rose from 70,000 cars to well over 330,000 cars.

Few cars that Fiat produced had the “cuteness” appeal as that of the Jolly. Introduced in 1957, the Fiat Jolly, with coachwork by Ghia, 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 lbs, the Jolly could actually accomplish speeds of 59 mph, presumably with the top down, while achieving gas mileage of 52 mpg, thus becoming the ideal super-yacht dinghy.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

27 bhp, 650 cc air cooled two-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, single front leaf spring and coil springs in rear, four-wheel drum brakes.

Source: RM Auctions

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