This conversion was done in Italy on an uplevel 2012 Fiat 500 Lounge Cabrio (can also be done on an entry-level Pop Cabrio). This US-model one-owner accident-free car was shipped to Italy for conversion at a top Jolly restoration shop. The conversion included an entire better-than-factory repaint. This car is AutoCheck Certified accident-free with an AutoCheck Score of 87 (vs 80-87 norm). Offered at $59,900.
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On the road this modern classic delivers the same driving experience as the original, a nice balance between relaxed personality and eager-to-please handling. Underhood is a single-overhead-cam 1.4-liter MultiAir 4-cylinder, 101 hp and 98 lb.-ft of torque, bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission. This car is expected to return 27/32 mpg, helped by its low 2,500 lb. curb rate (elimination of a lot of glass and metal more than offsets the wood).
History of the Fiat Jolly: In 1957 a famous Italian playboy (and Chairman of Fiat) wanted to add a "land tender" to his 82 foot yacht. He sent one of the current air cooled 2-cylinder 500 models over to the Ghia Carrozzeria for the conversion. Soon Aristotle Onassis owned three of them. Yul Brenner, John Wayne, Grace Kelly and even Mae West all reportedly owned Jollies. President Lyndon Johnson used his model 500 Jolly on his Texas ranch. There was a fleet of rental Jollies on Catalina Island. About 400 Jollies were reportedly produced over a span of about 15 years, but due to the salty environment that most lived in, many collectors and auction houses estimate that fewer than 100 remain today - each one with its own unique quirks.
Fresh restorations sell for $30k-$80k.
Our plans are to build a limited run of 200 conversions over the next two years. In the works is substantial world-wide publicity. Having restored and retailed five classic Jollys we believe it is very likely that a classic Fiat Jolly owner will want to also own a modern version.
As an Auto Broker/Dealer we can assist buyers in finding a good deal on a new or used Fiat 500 Cabrio; we have access to a huge dealer-only wholesale website, and great shipping resources. A second 2014 yellow Lounge (see photo) was sourced in Italy and is intransit to a customer in Germany.
NOTE: we can offer a 5 year/100,000 additional mile powertrain warranty (engine, transmission, water pump, differential), $100 deductible, at our wholesale cost of $995 - which is about half what others charge for the same coverage.
Engine: 1.4L 4-cylinder, 101 hp, 98 lb.-ft torque
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Colors: Rosso (red) with light wicker seats
MPG: 27 city / 32 highway (regular gas)
Dimensions: length 11' 7.6", 64", height 60", curb weight 2,500 lbs.
Odometer: 51,700 miles
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