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Lot 43
  • 43

Fiat

Estimate
100,000 - 150,000 USD
Sold
485,000 USD
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Description

  • Fiat
  • 600 Jolly
  • Est. 28.5bhp, 633cc liquid-cooled, rear-mounted four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,000mm. Chassis number 636886, Engine number 693067.
  • Approximately 52 x 52 x 117 inches (132.1 x 132.1 x 297.2 cm)
Est. 28.5 bhp, 633 cc liquid-cooled, rear-mounted four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,000 mm

Catalogue Note

Fiat's 500 and 600 of the 1950s were the brilliant successors to the pre- and post-war 500 Topolino. As the Topolino put hundreds of thousands of Italians into cars for the first time before World War II, the 500 and 600 were the cars that put nearly all the rest of the country onto four-wheels in the years leading into and during "Il Boom," the economic miracle that swept Italy from the mid-fifties through the sixties.

The Fiat Jolly is a delightful, silly, and eccentric vehicle. Employed specifically as land transport for docked yachts, courtesy transport fo luxury resorts and golf courses, and traveling inside the gates of great estate, they were the most humble of cars elevated for the use of the most well-heeled. If one bought a Jolly, it was clear one could afford to run a car with no practical purpose. Sedans were converted into Jollys at the workshop of Carrozzeria Ghia, and while most of the conversion was reductive, the long, tubular side handrails and chrome fender accents added a bit of style to the little Fiats.

This particular Jolly has recently completed a full restoration in Florida and has been specially liveried for this event, as it is finished in red and remains fully outfitted with the correct Jolly equipment, including the wicker seats and surrey top.

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