The Panda Jolly took to the roads of Capri this summer
A very special Fiat could be seen on the narrow streets of the enchanting Island of Capri this summer. It was the Panda Jolly, a unique car designed by the Fiat Style Centre and produced by Stola, part of the RGZ group, a leading manufacturer of show cars and style prototypes.
The Panda Jolly was used for an exclusive courtesy service: VIP tourists arriving on Capri were whisked off to their destinations in the original car. The island of Capri, nestling between sea and sky in the Gulf of Naples has been renowned for centuries as a top-class tourist destination and for the Italian sunshine that makes it the ideal setting for the new Fiat car.
Fresh, light, chic and very Mediterranean in its colours and materials, the Panda Jolly takes its inspiration from the world of sailing and interior design, with deliberate references to the shapes and spirit of the 1960s. It borrows traits from the 600 Multipla Jolly vehicles that were converted by Carrozzeria Ghia in 1956 – and drove along the roads of Capri half a century ago, maintaining the winning features of the standard production model with a few changes to the wings and a false radiator grille.
The Panda Jolly has a blue body and gleams in the sunlight due to a shape-emphasising metallic finish. Its clean, spare lines are combined with opulent, top-quality materials that lend character to the interior design. The Panda Jolly conversion was created and produced exclusively for Fiat by Paola Lenti, a leading Italian interior design company that has led the field in the development and design of new fabrics for more than a decade.
The seats and dashboard are a development of the Frame design - modular seats in satinised steel slats – trimmed with Rope, a material inspired by the masts of sailing boats. The combination of these two innovative products offers unique performance: the Rope cloth applied to the seats of the Panda Jolly is sophisticated and pleasing to the touch. Rope is also the outcome of a blend of technological and aesthetic research, making it non-allergic, non-toxic, antibacterial, immune to attack by external agents and highly resistant to UV light. The seat cushions, trimmed with pure cotton sponge, are designed to match the colour of the Rope fabric.
The floor, floorpan, side mouldings, parcel rack and all the interior trim finish are in natural ash stained a sand colour with white ash inlay. These details are finely crafted as you would expect from the most exclusive Italian nautical products. The Panda Jolly is enhanced by satinised steel trim and extreme attention to every detail.