Sunday, January 25, 2009
In the late 50s, a number of Fiat 600s were shipped to the Italian design house Ghia for conversion into the Jolly. They featured wicker seats, had the option of a fringed top to block the Mediterranean sun, and could accomplish speeds of 59 mph while achieving gas mileage of 52 mpg—the Jolly was the ultimate shore dingy. With a cost of nearly double that of a 600 model [$1760.00 compared to $998.00], the rich and famous such as Aristotle Onassis, Yul Brynner and Patrick McGoohan would load them onto their yachts for use as beach buggies. The darling Jollys were made in a very limited production and it's believed fewer than 100 exist today. It's a party on wheels!