AUTOROTICA: The candy-colored Fiat Jolly convertible taxis of Capri.

If you travel to the island of Capri off the coast of Italy, you’ll note the beauty, charm and romantic vibe of the tiny island. The island is known for its wealth and celebrity—especially during the 1950’s and 60’s. Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline  Kennedy were known to frequent the resort. 

You’ll also note the ubiquity of mincars serving as taxi’s—particularly the Fiat Jolly convertible with its wicker seats and fringed top.  The first taxis on Capri appeared before World War II. They’re an emblem of the island—an iconic representation of casual luxury and character. The Jolly was a limited production car for Fiat, and it is a miracle than any survive. The fringed top was a special option to shield its occupants from the Mediterranean sun. In addition to Capri, the Jolly’s are used on the island of Catalina, off the coast of Southern California.

Main image photo by pacha41

AUTOROTICA is a weekly series here on FIVE THôT. This article is part of a series on the post WWII microcar movement.

 

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