1968 Fiat 500 Jolly Recreation


  • Built to an exceedingly high standard by Jolly recreation professionals
  • Incredibly smart underneath, having barely been driven since completion
  • Impeccably presented and ready to be run in

The Appeal

Commissioned by legendary Italian industrialist Gianni Agnelli who wanted a roadgoing tender for his yachts, the Jolly was built by Ghia using the humble Fiat 500 as its base. Original Jolly beach cars are exceedingly hard to come by, making well-made recreations like this, a very attractive proposition.

This Jolly has been recently completed and is presented in fabulous condition. Complete with all the Jolly’s original quirks like wicker seats, marine-style tubular handrails and a singular lack of doors, this is a great little beach car and in our eyes, the ultimate roadgoing seaside accessory.

The History and Paperwork

  • Revisione dated 18th November 2022
  • Italian registration documents present
  • Recently completed and yet to be run in
  • Ground up restoration, including a thorough overhaul of all mechanical parts where necessary

The Interior

  • Hand-woven wicker seats by local Italian artisan
  • Quilted tan hand-stitched leather upholstery
  • Vintage Autovox radio discreetly upgraded with modern internals

It’s not everyday you see a car with wicker seats… 

The Fiat 500 Jolly is full of fun touches and the seats are the first thing you notice. Some readers will be familiar with the burning sensation vinyl seats can deliver on a summer’s day so, for a car designed for the Riviera, wicker actually starts to sound almost sensible. These reproduction seats are a good approximation of the originals and have barely been sat in. As a result, they’re in fantastic condition with no wear to be seen. There’s even a wicker grab handle for front passengers which is a nice detail.

As with most Fiat 500s, the dashboard is spartan with just a handful of switches. The vendor informs us that the vintage Autovox radio boasts modernised internals, which is a nice touch.

Hessian carpeting complements the wicker seats perfectly and exhibits no wear so far as we could see. A touch of luxury is afforded by quilted leather upholstery adorning the transmission tunnel and rear parcel shelf. This too is in great shape with no wear or damage.

The controls present impeccably and even the pedal rubbers look to be in perfect condition.

Having been freshly restored and converted into a Jolly replica, it comes as no surprise that this Fiat 500’s interior is in such magnificent condition. 

The Exterior 

  • Repainted in a pleasing shade of pale yellow
  • Featuring half-frame windscreen
  • Whitewall tyres

With fresh yellow paint, this little Fiat presents exceedingly well and what impresses us is that the high quality finish continues underneath. We couldn’t see any road grime, evidence of leaks from the engine or any corrosion whatsoever to the underside.

Besides having no roof, the next thing you notice about the Jolly is the lack of doors. You almost sit on this car rather than it, which makes for an entertaining driving experience. You’ll note that there are tubular handrails akin to a luxury yacht and we find the frameless windscreen top particularly elegant.

All the brightwork looks to be in excellent shape with no damage or pitting in sight. The vendor points out the period bonnet handle, steel bumper overriders and the provision that has been made to fit tow hook attachments.

The car sits upon factory correct Fiat steel wheels, complete with hub caps and whitewall tyres.

The Mechanics 

  • 650cc twin-cylinder air-cooled engine
  • Four-speed synchronised gearbox
  • The rebuilt engine still needs to be run in but functions well

Under the rear hatch, the tiny 650cc engine looks to be in excellent shape and we’re informed that it still needs running in properly following a full rebuild of all the mechanicals.

It starts readily and settles down to a steady idle. There are no leaks apparent or indeed any smoke. With a fully synchronised gearbox, these cars are surprisingly easy to drive, meaning you can relax and enjoy what are likely to be pleasant surroundings.


Surely the ultimate vehicle for any Fiat fan, this Jolly recreation promises to be fantastic fun and we’re sure it will be cherished for years to come.

Notice to bidders

This item is sold on an ‘As is Where is’ basis. The condition of this item is the opinion of the seller and may differ from your own opinion. Photos and listing descriptions are for guidance purposes only*.** Car & Classic do not warrant listing accuracy. Full inspection is recommended. Viewings are at the seller’s discretion. Buyer is responsible for delivery and collection of any item purchased.*

A non-refundable buyer’s deposit is payable on this item, refer to FAQs and T&Cs for the applicable percentage.

All bidding, buying and offers are subject to our Terms and Conditions.

Shipping and transfer

Buyer is responsible for delivery and collection of any item purchased. Car & Classic may refer a shipping company that also deals with import/export paperwork. Prices start at €150+VAT within the same country or €400+VAT for moves across borders.

For more details, email [email protected]ic.com

Please see our FAQs here and our Terms & Conditions here

Vehicle specification
  • Year 1968
  • Make Fiat
  • Model 500
  • Colour Pale Yellow
  • Odometer 45,167 Kilometres
  • Engine size 650
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Fano
  • Location International
  • Country Italy
Bidding history
23 bids
  • clc_230•••• €21,500 21/02/23
  • prisma2•••• €21,000 21/02/23
  • antoine•••• €20,500 21/02/23
  • clc_230•••• €20,000 21/02/23
  • prisma2•••• €19,500 21/02/23
  • drew te•••• €18,750 21/02/23
  • prisma2•••• €18,500 21/02/23
  • CarNutU•••• €17,500 21/02/23
  • prisma2•••• €15,500 21/02/23
  • reece.b•••• €14,500 21/02/23

The Gallery

The safest way to buy a classic car online

Car & Classic's secure payment system protects buyers and sellers. At the end of the auction, the winning bidder transfers payment into a third-party escrow account. Once the transfer of the vehicle is complete, both parties confirm they are happy with the sale and the money is released to the seller.
Safe, secure payment process

About Max Bids

The max bid process allows you to bid without any hassle.
Enter your maximum bid and we will then bid on your behalf to ensure you're the highest bidder - just enough to keep you in the lead and only up until your maximum.


C&C prevent auction snipers from bidding in the last seconds to win an auction.
Auctions are extended by 3-minutes if anyone bids within the last 2 minutes to allow other bidders to react and counter-bid.

Auto-bidding increments

  • If your maximum bid is equal to or below the reserve price, your maximum bid will be applied in full if you are the highest bidder.
  • If you are the highest bidder and place a maximum bid above the reserve, we will automatically put in the reserve as your first bid.
    • Once the reserve has been met, Car & Classic will make sure you are the highest bidder using only the bidding increments stated below.
    • We will keep you in the lead up until your maximum bid OR the increment closest to your maximum bid, providing your maximum bid is enough to cover the increment value.

Bid Amount Increment
£0 to £10,000 £100.00
£10,000 to £50,000 £250.00
£50,000 to £100,000 £500.00
£100,000+ £1000.00

Automatically outbid immediately

When you place a max bid and are outbid immediately that means that another bidder has placed a max bid limit which is higher than yours.
You can bid again and we will use our automatic bid system to try and get you as the highest bidder.

Matching max bids

When there are two max bids of the same value, the one placed first remains the lead bidder.

What are pre-bids?

A pre-bid means you’re able to place a bid before the official start of the auction.
You will be notified whether or not you are the highest bidder when the auction starts.

Problem with your bid

Bids are contractually binding. To help protect you, we have some rules in place if we think it's been mistyped. Please check and amend what you have entered.