This cute car will be offered at auction in London on 18. May. Known at home as a La Spiaggina, the Fiat beach-buggy was marketed worldwide as the Jolly. This cars were sold in the USA between 1958 and 1961. Considered a success, the model had a healthy run from 1958 to 1966. The cars specification included cut-down sides and windshield, a striped and fringed surrey top, and chromed body-pipework. They were available in pink, coral, white, pale yellow and sky blue. Mechanicals were standard Fiat. For a mere two years between 1964 and 1966 an Economical version was available and such is the one we have on offer here today.
President Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia, leader of the Yugoslav guerrilla movement, the Partisans from 1941-44 often used these vehicles in Brioni or in other residences, sometimes driving them himself. On 18 May in London, British auction house Coys will offer Fiat 500 Jolly, 1964, which is in the catalog and announcements presented as Tito’s car. Three of these cars were purchased for the needs of the Belgrade Fair in 1964, and this is one of them. By the 1980s this car was used for driving important guests for sightseeing during the fair, and it is likely that Marshall actually driven in this particular specimen that is offered. One of an estimated 100 surviving Ghia-made Jollys, this car has spent most its recent past as part of the Classic Automobile Museums collection in Belgrade, where it was refreshed and subsequently brought to London in preparation for sale.
This charming Fiat Jolly has a very low odometer reading of a little over 20,000km or 12,500 miles, it drives like new, and included in the history file is a certificate of authenticity from the Classic Automobile Museums collection in Belgrade confirming that the car was indeed formerly owned from new by Marshal Josip Broz Tito.