Lot Number
183

1960 Renault 4CV Jolly by Ghia

Sold For $106,400

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - THE PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM AUCTION 2018


Chassis No.
3607749
  • Fully restored example of the classic beach car
  • Rare Renault version; approximately only 50 built
  • Thought to be less than 20 left in existence

This 1961 Renault 4CV features very rare and unusual ‘Jolly’ coachwork. Most commonly seen on the Fiat 500 and 600, the concept of the Jolly beach car originated from the Italian coachbuilder Ghia, though others built their own variations on the theme. It is believed that Ghia’s boss, Gigi Segre, saw large taxi cabs being used on small resort islands and came up with the idea for a compact car that could be used by resorts and hotels, like a motorized rickshaw with an Italian flair.

The Jolly, Italian for Joker, featured a stripped-out body, no doors, lightweight seats, and a whimsical surrey top. The majority of Ghia Jolly’s were built on Fiat platforms, though it is thought that as few as 50 were built using the Renault 4CV as a basis. The 4CV was a superior platform as it was larger in size than the Fiat, had a more powerful engine, and simply had a delightful look that was ideally suited to the happy, relaxed nature of a beach car.

The example offered here is beautifully restored in shining red, with the classic striped fabric top – just the thing to keep the midday sun off! The Jolly is complete with desirable wicker seats, and whitewall tires. Perfect for the beach, resort, or even just zipping around the neighborhood, the new owner will turn heads this fantastic car, all with smiling faces.



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