I dream of owning a little Florida beach house one day… and I simply cannot imagine a more appropriate car to tool around in while visiting said beach house than a vintage Fiat Jolly! I have even spotted the elusive Jolly in two of my favorite haunts… Palm Beach and Boca Grande, Florida.
The “Jolly de Plage” or “Joker of the Beach” was created by Gianni Agnelli, Fiat chairman and famous Italian playboy, in 1957 by as a “land tender” to his 82 foot ketch. Used as beach cars, estate roundabouts, yacht tenders, and golf carts, the Jolly came in pink, coral,white, pale yellow, and sky blue. They feature wicker seats and the option of a fringed surrey top. Each Fiat Jolly is unique, as many were custom handmade to order creations.
President Johnson takes daughter Luci and grandson Lyndon Nugent for a drive via
Want to learn more about the Fiat Jolly? The New York Times ran an excellent feature last month, and Don Rich, a collector and Jolly enthusiast, has collected a plethora of facts and folklore at coolbeachcars.com.