The legendary coachbuilder Ghia created the iconic Jolly on a chassis supplied by Fiat. It was suitable for leisure duties such as on golf course greens, yacht decks, or at a resort. They were made famous by the 1970s television series 'Fantasy Island'. These vehicles are considered micro-cars and are powered by two-cylinder 497cc engines which give it a dangerous top speed of 55 miles per hour. Fuel economy is exceptional at 52 mpg. The inside features wicker seats and there is a surrey top.

The 600 Series is actually a 'high performance' Jolly as most were given the Fiat 500 drive-train. These had slightly larger bodies and water-cooled four-cylinder engines. Top speed was in the neighborhood of 60 mph. Other refinements included an optional working heater. All of this cost nearly double that of standard '500' and much more than the normal Jolly 500. As would be expected, production was limited and it is believed that fewer than 100 exist today.

32 Jolly cars were used as taxis on the island of Catalina off the coast of Los Angeles from 1958 - 1962.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2017

Vehicle Profiles

Sedan
Coachwork: Ghia

Chassis Num: 438635

Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli was the individual responsible for the Jolly. He wished for an open motorized transport to launch from his 82-foot ketch, the Agneta, during port stops along the Mediterranean coast. The four-cylinder Fiat 600 model was c....[continue reading]

Sedan
Coachwork: Ghia

Chassis Num: 100.574826

The Fiat 500 Topolino gave way to a new 600 model in 1955. The new car, just like its predecessor, was named for its nominal displacement. Power was from a 633 cubic-centimeter overhead-valve, water-cooled inline four-cylinder engine which was a usef....[continue reading]

Sedan
Coachwork: Ghia

Chassis Num: 629048

Over a 14 year period, beginning in 1955, over 2.5 million examples of the Fiat 600 were produced. Between 1958 and 1969, fewer than 200 Jollys were built - the creation of designer Dante Giacosa of Carrozzeria Ghia. The Jolly cost nearly double the ....[continue reading]

Sedan
Coachwork: Ghia

Chassis Num: 44719

This example is a rare original California Jolly that has been given a thorough restoration. It is refinished in blue with white accents, has new wicker seats, carpeting and surrey top. The 600cc overhead valve four-cylinder water cooled engine is ca....[continue reading]

Sedan
Coachwork: Ghia

Chassis Num: 670265

This Fiat 600 Jolly Convertible is one of approximately 400 produced and one of an estimated 100 examples that still exist today. It has been given a no-expense spared nut-and-bolt restoration. It has rare Jolly hubcaps and trim, a 4-speed manual tra....[continue reading]

Sedan by Ghia
Chassis #: 438635 
Sedan by Ghia
Chassis #: 100.574826 
Sedan by Ghia
Chassis #: 629048 
Sedan by Ghia
Chassis #: 44719 
Sedan by Ghia
Chassis #: 670265 

History

The Fiat 600 was a small and inexpensive automobile that was easy to produce. It was introduced to the public at the Geneva Motorshow in 1955. The automobile was capable of transporting up to six individuals. During its production lifespan lasting from 1955 through 1969 nearly 2.7 million examples were produced.

The introductory saloon model featured two doors and four seats. The base engine was a 633 cc water-cooled four-cylinder power-plant capable of producing nearly 22 horsepower. The engine was located behind the rear seats and drove the rear wheels. The suspension was independent and featured monocoque construction. A four-speed manual gearbox with cable operated clutch was standard. The combined dry weight of the vehicle was just over 580 kg.

The following year two more versions were introduced, the Multipla and a version with a full-length canvas roof. The Multipla had three rows of seats and could accommodate up to six people. The four back seats could be folded into the floor, exposing a large cargo area.

In 1960 the 600D was introduced and featured a 767 cc engine now rated at nearly 30 horsepower. Various aesthetic and mechanical improvements were added. In 1964 the front doors were now hinged and in 1965 the 600D received a larger fuel tank and new headlights.

The Fiat 600 helped mobilize the entire Italian country and is considered an economical phenomenon.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008

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