As 1960s jet-setters partied down at sandy beaches all over the world, they were most often seen not in their Ferraris or Maseratis but behind the wheel of a Fiat Jolly.
The Fiat 600 Maggiolina By Francis Lombardi, based upon the reliable mechanicals of the Italian , the 600, featured dune buggy-like bodywork by Francis Lombardi , with open sides, a simple surrey top, and wicker seats that would have looked at home at an English garden party.
It was often finished in brilliant, shiny colors, making it all the better to match one’s swimsuit or yacht club burgee.
Jollies were all the rage on the streets of resort towns, and if you were really a member of the jet-set, you carried one upon the deck of your yacht as a tender.
Francis Lombardi Heritage: In 1947 at Vercelli da Carlo Francesco Lombardi called Francis founded the bodyshop called Francis Lombardi .
His initial interest was in plane construction but soon after he focused all his craftmanship to convert Fiat models in with the use of wood.
His first project was a Fiat 1100 giadinette with some external wood structures.
Some very innovative solutions such as window lifters using aviation grade steel cables In the 50s he presente the our example the Fiat 600 in two specifications “Maggiolina” two door and “Luciola” four door .
The Fiat 600 Maggiolina By Francis Lombardi we offer here has been a result of a barn find treated to a meticulous body-off restoration, which included stripping the body to bare metal and repainting the panels as necessary.
A corrosion inhibitor epoxy was meticulously applied to the entire body inside and out before Chiaro Rubino paint was applied.
Every single piece of chrome was either replated or replaced, all aluminum was straightened and polished, all rubber gaskets and seals were renewed, and new emblems were installed.
Other cosmetic work was just as meticulous, with seats restored by stripping, repairing, and painting.
The engine was professionally rebuilt, and it is augmented by a fully refurbished brake system and fuel system, which included an acid washing and lining of the gas tank.
All ancillary engine components were replaced or rebuilt; the transmission was opened and inspected, with all fluids replaced; and a new exhaust system was installed.
The clutch was rebuilt, as were the steering and suspension.
A full quality restoration.
Available by Veloce Classic Italia SRLS.