Coachbuilt dune-buggy like Fiat 500s, like the Fiat 500 Mare by Carrozzeria Holiday RM Sotheby’s will auction at its Monaco sale next month, were mainly built to ferry tourists around the sun soaked islands France and Italy. The Ghia-built Fiat Jolly is the most famous of these island taxis, while the 500 Mare is the lesser-known but more rare Holiday-built variant.
The example RM will auction off started out life as a 500 Giardiniera, the extended wagon variant of the 500. It is believed to be one of just ten 500 Mares built based on the 500 Giardiniera and is described by RM as being in “excellent condition.” Not long ago it was the recipient of a thorough restoration to ensure it ran problem-free while cruising around the French Riviera, the auction house says.
With a 16.5 horsepower two-cylinder engine and a three-speed manual transmission, you won’t be burning any rubber in the 500 Mare, but you’d have to have no soul to not have fun in it. RM hasn’t provided an estimate as to what the world’s cutest, happiest golf cart will sell for at its Monaco auction in mid-May, but considering its rarity, we’re expecting this little car will command a rather large pile of cash.
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