This Fiat 500 Jolly is the weirdest thing you'll see all day - And it's for sale
Does a golf-cart turned Fiat with wicker seats fit your fancy?
Let's be honest, we all secretly want this in our lives. It's basically a regular 1969 Fiat 500, minus the roof, doors, and half the windshield. In place of the typical hardtop, lies is a canopy, perched atop some tent-like posts. The seats are replaced with wicker chairs, giving it a perfect beach-buggy/golf-cart/city car vibe.
It's currently for sale on Bring A Trailer (BaT).
This isn't someone's really weird project though. Coach-builders such as Ghia made these in the 1960s and 70s. It is a bit unclear from the listing, but this one is believed to be a genuine Ghia Jolly, not a modern recreation.
Jollies were primarily owned by luxury yacht owners wanting a small vehicle to cruise around in when they reach port. The small design made them perfect for easy storage on the vessel, a big problem on even the largest of ships.
Because owners would frequently visit the beach, wicker seats were necessary to keep the interior clean from sand, and water tracked in from wet bathing suits.
Just like a standard 500, the interior is very basic, with just a few gauges on the dash and a thin steering wheel.
With a 500cc engine, speed isn't the main focus in this vehicle. With a 4-speed manual transmission, it's clear that the point is fun, hence the name "Jolly".
Now for this specific model:
It's finished in mint green paint, with a green and white striped top. Looking through the photos the paint looks immaculate, along with all the badges and trim. The wicker seats are very clean, with little wear, unsurprising given that it was refurbished in 2019.
The odometer says just 7km (~4mi), however that figure is extremely unlikely and the true mileage is unknown. All the mechanical bits seem to be in tip-top shape and it has a clean title.
Image from BaT
Oh, but the price! As of this writing, it's currently sitting at $26,000 (US), however there are still another 6 days left of the auction. This means that the price will almost certainly go up, likely past $40,000.
What you get for it is definitely worth the steep price. You get a rare, unique mint-condition vehicle that will attract attention no matter where you go. Just make sure it's warm out.
What are you waiting for? Go place your bid!
Image from BaT