1971 Fiat 500 Jolly America (Recreation)

***Vendor supplied images***


  • Extensively restored and converted to US ‘bug eye’ Jolly specification with upwards of 90 percent new components 
  • Beautifully finished to what the vendor describes as equivalent to a brand new car
  • Incorporates some subtle upgrades including a neatly integrated bluetooth audio system

The Appeal

Originally conceived as a sort of land-based tender for the rich and famous to explore the Riviera in, the Fiat 500 Jolly. Originally built by Ghia at the bequest of Fiat boss and successful industrialist Gianni Agnelli, the Jolly could easily be stowed in a large yacht, so proved the perfect beach transport for him and his fellow millionaires. 

Few were built in period and many were to succumb to the saltwater environment near which they operated. So here’s your chance to experience what it was like to buy a brand new Fiat 500 Jolly in period. Recently completed by an Italian firm experienced in building Jolly replicas, this recreation emulates those built especially for the US market - thus requiring these ‘bug eye’ headlamps. The vendor believes it to be the only recreation of this specification in existence and it’s certainly in utterly impeccable condition. We’re told that over 90 percent of its parts have been replaced, with many original Fiat components sourced and utilised. There are also a few small modifications using modern technology to make it more usable. In short, if you fancy the ultimate Fiat Jolly - you’ve come to the right place…

The History and Paperwork

  • Based upon a 1971 Fiat 500
  • Recently completed
  • Can be newly registered in your country of choice
  • Italian registration document pleasant
  • The vendor reportedly has over 150 images documenting the restoration / recreation process in detail
  • Handmade in Italy

The Interior

  • Handwoven wicker upholstery from a local Italian craftsman 
  • The vendor has added a Bluetooth radio housed in the centre of the console surrounded by a cabinet designed by their team to fit with the look of the car
  • The radio, centre console, hat tray and knee pad are all made of mahogany 
  • A sheet of plexiglass is used below the canvas hood in order to improve its rigidity and resistance to the elements 
  • Side ropes made of nautical juta material
  • Marine grade stainless railings
  • Brand new carpets in period correct style
  • All reportedly working correctly
  • No wear of any note to be seen
  • Well presented forward boot space

The Exterior 

  • Impeccable “Acquamarina” paintwork 
  • Beautifully presented underneath
  • Luggage rack with picnic hamper
  • Very straight bodywork with no signs of corrosion
  • The shell was sandblasted, adapted and repaired where necessary prior to refinishing
  • No pitting or damage to the chromework
  • ‘Bug eye’ US specification headlamps
  • OEM steel wheels complete with hubcaps and whitewall tyres
  • We’re informed that even the new nuts and bolts used were original Fiat new old stock parts
  • The canvas roof is designed to be easily removed

The Mechanics 

  • 500 cc engine freshly rebuilt
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • Brand new wiring harness
  • Said to be running and driving very well 


Finished to an exemplary standard in rare US specification, this Jolly recreation is one of the best you’re ever likely to find. We adore the colour combination and clever integration of bespoke components.

If you’re looking for the ultimate beachgoing car, this is it.

Note from the seller:

According to the vehicle documents this is a “110 F chiusa transformabile”, which translates as “closed convertible”.
You are advised to check possible registration in your country of destination yourself. The booklet and number plates will be delivered by DHL courier, you and only you will be the one to carry out the re-registration procedure in your country.Transport is at the expense and responsibility of the buyer. We are at your disposal to provide logistical support for shipping to all countries.

Any questions?

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.

Please see our FAQs here and our Terms & Conditions here

Vehicle specification
  • Year 1971
  • Make Fiat
  • Model 500 Jolly
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 10 Kilometres
  • Engine size 500
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Montesilvano
  • Country Italy
Bidding history
3 bids
  • suscipi•••• €17,000 24/09/23
  • Ayrtons•••• €15,500 24/09/23
  • michel•••• €15,000 24/09/23

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. More about buying with us
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.


Car & Classic 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 €9,999 €100.00
€10,000 to €49,999 €250.00
€50,000 to €99,999 €500.00
€100,000 + €1,000.00

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.