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Year? DJ-3A Durango, CO **Sold**

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UPDATE II: **Sold** was $9000

(06/25/2019) This seems to me to be a later model DJ-3A (has the passenger side vent), but not a Surrey. Overall, it does seem to be in good shape.

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1947-cj2a-durango-co1“Red, White & Blue All American Willy’s Jeep

Titled as a 1952 M38 but outfitted as one of the Galas, two-wheel drive, all new undercarriage, including rear differential, 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive. All new clutch, front axle, shocks, springs, tires and wheels. Original engine, runs great. New radiator, hoses, etc. Newer upholstery on seats.

$17,000 invested and appraised between $15,000 and $25,000
Fun! Very unique, great for parades/special events or just delighting the neighborhood.
$10,000 and can be delivered anywhere for the cost of travel


14 Comments on “Year? DJ-3A Durango, CO **Sold**

  1. Colin Peabody

    The serial number will tell the story on this Jeep. Could it have been one of the Pepsi Surreys that wound up in Colorado during a Boy Scout Jamboree in the early 60s?

  2. David Eilers Post author

    I think the seller is in a hurry to sell. To me it seems easily worth the asking price of $5k.

  3. SteveK

    Stripes o not make a Gala or a Surry, since it has a tailgate. The seller is “guessing the year” based on Surry/Gala years, but the vin (???) doesn’t apply, and the associated registration should indicate the year. Dave’s comment above references an “asking price of $5K”, but the listing now shows $10K??? with “appraisals from $16K-25K”??? Looks like a solid DJ3A.

  4. David Eilers Post author

    Steve … yep, that’s pretty much the situation … the price has bounced from $9k, down to $5k, and now up to $10k.

  5. Colin Peabody

    The VIN is either not complete or incorrect as a DJ3A number, the tailgate wouldn’t apply for a Surrey and it looks to have the smaller 13 inch wheels from. 63-64, states it has overdrive, which wasn’t offered in the DJs, but may have been added later. Without further documentation from the seller, it is difficult to tell what year it is and what modifications are unseen.

  6. David Eilers Post author

    The convertible DJ-3A AND the Surrey DJ-3A both used a tub with a solid back. The fuel inlet for both was moved to the rear passenger side. Both had side drain holes like a 2A/3A. Both used the large speedo with gauges, and both tubs had an extra hat channel installed on the passenger underside (as compared to an MB/GPW).

    Surrey rear:
    1956 DJ-3A (mine):

    I hope that helps,
    – Dave

  7. Mike

    Is it just me, or has anybody noticed, these DJ3A’s are a “HARD SELL” not meant to be a negative comment in any way, just the reality of the situation.

  8. David Eilers Post author


    I think that’s a very true statement. Unless it is a Surrey, these jeeps don’t command much money. They are arguably the cheapest model of jeep Willys made, almost as disposable as the WWII jeeps. I like Patterson for the novelty of it (and because it literally followed us to Alaska), but I’d never recommend someone invest in a DJ-3A for investment value. They are just a peculiar little vehicle about which people know little, so there’s little demand.

    – Dave

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