The Cutest Ever Renault 4CV Jolly By Ghia Could Be Yours

1960 Renault 4CV Jolly by Ghia - $100,000 - $125,000 - Erik Fuller ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

The cutest ever Renault 4CV Jolly by Ghia is up for sale just before Christmas.

Some say the Renault 4CV is one of most perfectly formed motor cars ever to grace the auto-routes. Others may disagree, but this little diamond was marketed by the French manufacturer Renault from August 1947 through July 1961, and was the first French car to sell over a million units.

This particular 4CV features some quirky and very rare ‘Jolly’ coachwork. Used primarily on the delightful Fiat 500 and 600, the concept of the Jolly beach car originated from the Italian coachbuilder Ghia, though others did surface via individual bespoke variants of the same concept.

Renault 4CV
1960 Renault 4CV Jolly by Ghia – $100,000 – $125,000 – Erik Fuller ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

It was believed that Ghia’s boss, Gigi Segre, was inspired by taxi cabs being used on a beach resort and came up with the idea that a smaller version could be given a perfect location resorts and hotels, like an Italian inspired motorized rickshaw.

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1960 Renault 4CV Jolly by Ghia – $100,000 – $125,000 – Erik Fuller ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Jolly is the Italian term for ‘Joker’, which in some respects is true of this gorgeous four-wheeled creature. Stripped-out body, no doors, lightweight seats, and a whimsical surrey top, all testament to the quirky enjoyment provided by this delightful car.

Sotheby’s reports that 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.

Renault 4CV
1960 Renault 4CV Jolly by Ghia – $100,000 – $125,000 – Erik Fuller ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

This particular example offered 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.

This could be the perfect Christmas present for the one you love, if you have the required $100,000 – $125,000.

Renault 4CV
1960 Renault 4CV Jolly by Ghia – $100,000 – $125,000 – Erik Fuller ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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