Saturday, September 20, 2008

Another Iteration of the Fiat Jolly...the Castagna Tender Two

Not too long ago we came across a Fiat concept car that looked a lot like a reincarnation of the Fiat Jolly. A fun “plaything” for the rich and famous – complete with a fringe on the top. It seemed odd, however, that the base of the concept was a Fiat Fiorino van, and not the new Fiat 500.
Well…that error has been corrected by Castagna with the Castagna Tender Two. And with this iteration of the “Jolly” tradition, the car has been rendered as an electric vehicle. (The electric innards of the car were designed in cooperation with the Swiss firm Mes-Dea, which hopes to build a long-distance hybrid giardinetta-style Fiat 500 by the end of the year.)
The Fiat 500 has been converted to a two-seat, teak-decked beach buggy, capable of 80mph and a range of 75-85 miles between charges.
Beyond the teak decking and the wicker accents, the interior is covered in its entirety with salt-water and abrasion resistant synthetic leather. Nautical touches are found throughout the cabin, from polished steel handles to the below-deck storage for beach towels and other sundries. Even the overhead shade is reminiscent of the canvas bimini top found on so many boats.

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