The beach car phenomenon of the late 1950s is often credited to Gianni Agnelli, the playboy grandson of Fiat founder Giovanni Agnelli. While it was Agnelli who made it popular, the idea is said to have originated with Ghia’s Gigi Segre. Whilst on holiday, Segre noticed big taxis lumbering around the streets of the island of Capri. He thought something more whimsical and stylish would add a dose of fun and practicality to island life. He sketched out a solution that started with a Fiat Cinquecento, which Ghia then modified for summer duty by first reinforcing the body and lopping off the roof. But no mere convertible, the car was further modified by replacing the doors with a cut-down, step through body sides. Wicker seats were installed should occupants be fresh from a swim in the Mediterranean and a whimsical surrey top provided shade. Combined with the original styling of the tiny Fiat, the “Jolly” beach car was a fun and adorable exercise. It did not find much favor with buyers at first, however. But such was the influence of the young Gianni Agnelli, that when a newspaper published a photo of him in his new Fiat Jolly on the Italian Riviera, the public went mad and Jollys began to sell, as suddenly anybody who was somebody needed to be seen driving one of Ghia’s delightful little buggies. Ghia offered a variety of versions mainly built on the Fiat 500 and 600 chassis. There was also a Jolly built on the Renault 4CV (probably to appease French Riviera dwellers) and even the Fiat Multipla. Other coachbuilders and manufacturers got the bug and tried their hands at the cheeky little beach cars, with variations popping up using the Austin Mini and Volkswagen Beetle as their base. VW even went so far as to offer the factory-produced Type 181 “Thing” in the late 1960s. Countless other specials and one-offs have been inspired by the Jolly over the years as the genre continues to find favor with collectors for their charming, low key nature. This cheeky little creation started life as a standard Riley Elf, which in itself was essentially a more luxurious, booted version of the Austin Mini. It has been given the full Jolly treatment with welded up and cut-down doors and the roof and side windows removed and cast aside for sunshine-only duty. The quality of the conversion is top rate, and the car could easily be mistaken for a coachbuilt example. The paint is excellent, with fine quality finishing and detailing. It rides on a set of Minilite-style alloys with low-profile tires. The body has been de-bumpered but retains the distinct Riley radiator grille, and very good quality chrome mirrors and headlamp rings. The interior features a very nicely finished wood dash, a quality wood-rimmed Mountney steering wheel and matching custom wood rails which trim out the cockpit. Front and rear seats have been recovered in stripe pattern marine-quality canvas to hold up to the rigors of sun exposure and beach duty, while the floors are line with natural coco-fiber floor mats. The interior is quite nicely detailed and well executed with chrome hardware and handy map pockets built into the side panels. It even includes a surf board that has been finished to match the interior. It is mechanically very strong and is “turn-key” and ready for enjoyment. Restoration and service receipts are included, which show a very recent engine rebuild. The engine compartment is very clean and well-presented. Simple, cheeky and fun, this Elf presents in excellent condition, having been part of a special exhibition of beach cars at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. It is a high quality conversion that brilliantly captures the essence of the Jolly.
A very pretty Riley 9 with popular disappearing hood 4-seat touring coachwork. Fitted with twin SU carburetors. Very tight to drive, with expected good Riley handling. Mechanically excellent, with rebuilt engine. Manual gearbox. Paint excellent. Trim excellent. Bodywork very good. Full weather equipment in very good condition. Prepared by Blue Diamond.
Exported new as running chassis to Australia, bodied by Downing Brothers. Re-imported 2014 and registered for the road. Comprehensive restoration in the 1970s. Pretty steel boat tail body. Lively performance, single carb., could be fitted with double carb. Full weather equipment. History dating back to early 1960s.
This vintage Riley 9 was built up sometime in the 1980's on a shortened 9 chassis. A well sorted Trial and endurance vintage special. Last out in competition, 2002 Le Jog and finished on the winning team. Starts and runs. Scruffy. Has VSCC Buff form, this would need to be re-applied for by new owner. Some history.
(SOLD) This is a complete 1933 Riley example that has tremendous patina, with a two-tone color combination of burgundy and white, with a red interior. It is a very original and stylish low-slung 2-seater coupe that was one of the rarer Riley bodies fitted to the 12/6 chassis, and features the following original components: sunroof, a full sized spare tire, the original wire wheels, a crank out windshield, Pyramid fire extinguisher, tool storage compartment, 2 wipers, step boards, and wood trim. In addition, the Lincock features a semi-elliptic suspension, a 4-speed gearbox, Riley continuous cable braking system with cam operated shoes and 13" drums, and a 10 gallon capacity fuel tank. With only several dozen of these coupes produced, this restoration-ready Lincock is a very rare and highly collectable example that is sure to please!
A very good original car with a full history. Sound and solid with good performance, twin carb engine.
Our Riley Elf is in a very nice condition. It was first registered in 1968 and imported to the Netherlands in 2003. A lot of documents come with the car. The car has a Dutch registration, MoT (APK) till July 2017 and is easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes and we can help with transport. This car is not in our showroom and can only be seen by appointment. More information on: www.kucarfa.nl
Magnificent! Fully documented and photographed, nut and bolt rebuild. Finished in classic ivory over black with full luxury green leather interior and Wilton carpets. Announced in late 1945 and produced until 1952, these luxury cars were the last range of cars independently developed by Riley Motors Ltd, before being swallowed up by BMC. Very advanced for it's time with hydro mechanical brakes, independent torsion bar suspension, rack & pinion steering 4 speed synchro. gearbox. The car was capable of 75mph! This variant has been lovingly restored & nicknamed `Homer` by a previous owner. It starts first time and is a real pleasure to drive. Opening front windscreens and semaphor indicators add to the nostalgia. It even has a Smiths heater. Very active owner's club with spares available. This car would be perfect for wedding hire or just for a private collection. There is a workshop manual included and of course it is free of road tax.