Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Joy Ride

Michael sent over a photo of the Fiat Jolly and I immediately jumped for joy at the cutest car my eyes have ever seen!


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!

[photos from here.]

41 comments:

Elements of Style said...

OH. MY. GOD. I am officially obsessed with this car.

Sarah's Fab Day said...

So cute! I'll take the white one please.

MIMILEE said...

How cute are those!!! I love the color of the last one! That blue is so, so cute!! You are right, C, these buggys are a party on wheels.....LOVE IT!

Stephanie said...

That faint sound you hear coming from the east is the shriek of delight I let out when I saw THE WICKER SEATS!

Holy moly.

Meg said...

Adorable! They look like candy! Mmm!!!

Karen said...

LOVE the wicker seats! perfect for summer drives at the cape, or equally Gatsby-esque scenes...

Carolina Eclectic said...

I must, MUST have one of these!! Especially the yellow t/ the yellow stripes. Too wonderful.

Kristy - Where's My Damn Answer said...

How fun it would be to cruise the streets in one of these. OMG they are darling :-D

Sweet Nothings said...

yup. I officially NEED one

paula said...

oh my! i am in love. i think that second one is for me!

SimplyGrove said...

So so cute:)

J said...

There are a couple of people around Palm Beach who have cars like these but I'm pretty sure they started out as regular little cars - I know one has pink and white stripe awning cover and wicker seats - very appropriate for around here.

Uncle Beefy said...

I could frankly care less about most cars but this break m'lil heart with all its stylish cuteness! Indeed, Miss Courtney...the cutest flippin' car EVER!

ACL said...

You can own a Jolly for about $60K. Best place to get one is at auction.

Creative Tonic said...

Turquoise and floral padded seats, please. The perfect surrey with the fringe on top! What time will it be ready for pick up?

Joanna Goddard said...

tooooo cute.

Darby said...

I'll take 2.. make that 3.

McMemo said...

Now I just love this car-- retro vw bug meets golf cart!! Sometimes old needs to be new again!! Chrysler, Ford, GM--- the car industry needs saving-- are you reading?????

erika said...

Forwarding to Chance right this minute. I'm sooo in love! Perfect for me and the girls to ride around town in!

Nicole Marie said...

oh my goodness where can i get one!!!!

simply seleta said...

One would be perfect for cruising around in our little beach town. And my very first car was a vintage Fiat Convertible, so it would be sentimental.

a pretty pill said...

the blue one steals my heart!

henrydefine said...
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henrydefine said...

I believe this morning I heard on the radio that GM + Fiat have merged and new Fiats will be sold in the USA! Maybe they can make a cute eco-friendly version!

mybelle68 said...

It's like part golf cart, part car, part sitting on my porch. Love it!!!!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I want one!

arollerskatingjam said...

The pink and red, to die for! I thought the Nissan Figaro was pretty darn cute, but this takes the cake!

MaryBeth said...

Didn't Tina Turner have one of these? I am off to find the photo now. I just love the wicker seats. MB

jae said...

It's a good thing computers and cell phones are portable......I would always be in my car!

melissa davis said...

OH MY GOD!! That car is so insanely cute, I can hardly stand it!! ;)

{this is glamorous} said...

Oh my goodness, these are the most adorable cars ever! It's like a picnic on wheels!

Two Tall Girls said...

I'll have to have one of these to go along with the future beach house. I'm adding to my list.

Jessica said...

AH! I love these...that yellow one with the striped top!

Lately I have developed a stong interest in owning a small vintage european car...this would totally fit the bill.

MelodyS said...

to die for!

megan said...

You would never have a dull day riding around in one of these!

please sir said...

Cutest joy ride EVER! I so want one now!

Ms Unreliable said...

Cutest. Thing. Ever.

Cali Girl said...

ill take one of each please.. but maybe two of the red. so cute!

Jennifer said...

Maybe someone will make a Jolly out of one of these:
http://www.autoblog.com/2009/01/15/fiat-500-c-drop-top-to-debut-at-geneva-show/

Kate said...

they are quite possibly the most amazing cars I have ever seen!

Underfunded Heiress said...

I am in love!! I've wanted a mini cooper forever and this car is even better!