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1960 DJ-3A Surrey Dacula, GA eBay

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Mike spotted this pretty stock Surrey. The current buy-it-now price is $25,000. Note the front floors have been patched.

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“Offered for sale, 1960 Willys DJ3A Surrey  2WD- Serial #18201.  This 61 year old collector’s item jeep  has been sitting in a warehouse protected from the elements for the past 35 years. This jeep is virtually unmolested from its humble beginnings.  Odometer shows 26,000 original miles.  Somewhere along its life the front floor panswere reinforced due to hat channel rust-out. Jeep seems to have been over sprayed incoral mist pink and the striped top was replaced at some point with what iscurrently on it.

This collector desirable and rare jeep (only 1100 made from1959 to 1964) is as complete as they get and would serve as a great restorationcandidate. Many of the often removed parts are still present and intact as theywere originally.  Siunce all the original partsd are there a restorer will only need to buy new canvas, tires, hubcaps and minimal repair on floor pans, and repaint. (Restoredthese are worth over $50K) Continue reading

 
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Authenticast Surrey Jeeps

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I’ve had a little more time lately to spend sometime on eBay. One of the things I stumbled upon last week was an authenticast Surrey in Cerulean Blue for only $30 (including shipping)!! Now that was a score! I then made an offer on a pink one that I found and that got accepted, too. Here are pics of both.

I was surprised that these have such good weight to them; they are about 1.5lbs. The one moving piece on both is the hood, which lifts (tilting up while the windshield tips back), but the straps must be removed from one side for this to happen.

The Blue one still has some fringe on one side, but a piece of the bumper is missing and a strap is broke:

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1963 DJ-3A Kapaa, HI $4250

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UPDATE: Price dropped to $4250. Seller is moving so must sell.

(05/03/2021) This DJ-3A has been modified with 4WD with added seating over the rear wheel wells. Given the handles on the windshield and the footman loop on the fender, this may have been a Surrey/Gala.

https://honolulu.craigslist.org/kau/cto/d/kealia-1963-jeep-willys-moving-sale/7333180288.html

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“Collectible 63 Jeep Willy’s, Run and drives great. New brakes wheel cylinders, fuel pump, tires and more.  Seats have been recovered and seat frames are newly epoxy coated. All interior also have been redone with fresh epoxy coating and some replacement metal has been done. Frame is very solid and has been under coated and painted, rims have been epoxy coated also. Body is not rush free but trouble areas have been addressed, parts are easily available if some wants to go all out. Seen them restored and going from 20 to 30k, Has a flat head 4 cly. Runs cherry Manuel locking hubs”

 
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1963 Slide of Hawaii Gala DJ-3A on eBay

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This Hawaiian rental DJ-3A Gala looks great shape.

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“You are looking at an original Kodachrome slide featuring a young woman posing for a picture with a pink Willys Jeep tour vehicle while on a trip to Hawaii in 1963.”

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Year? DJ-3A Surrey Gold Country, CA **SOLD**

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**SOLD** Was $6500.

(02/02/2021) It’s still got the footman loops on the fenders, so it looks like it may have been a Surrey at some point.

“selling a surrey jeep 2wd column shift hard to find”

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1963 “Fun in Acapulco” Movie w/ Elvis Presley

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Pepperdine University’s Digital Archives includes a photo of Academy Award Winning Art Director Water Tyler in a DJ-3A Gala jeep. He was involved in a variety of movies from the 1940s through the 1970s. In this case he was working on the Elvis Presley movie “Fun in Acapulco“.
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Here’s the trailer for the movie, which includes a brief photo of a DJ-3A:

The Internet Movie Car Database also includes a photo from the movie that shows both a Gala and the DJ-3A-mobile cocktail bar:

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Was this movie the one that inspire Elvis to get himself a DJ-3A Surrey? Nope, according to the 3B page, he bought his famous Tropical Rose/Coral Mist 1960 DJ-3A from Sharp Motors in Memphis, prior to filming both “Fun in Acapulco” and “Blue Hawaii”.

 
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Winter Park Villager: A DJ-3A Surrey Pulling a Matching Trailer

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, DJ-3A, Features, Old News Articles, Postcards • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  The two post cards at the bottom of this post were on eBay several years ago. I recently came across some newspaper clippings that give background about the Winter Park Villager tram’s purpose. The service began November 28, 1966, but I could not find an end-date.

This first article discusses the jeep tram’s beginnings:

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Article dated November 13, 1966, from the Orlando Sentinel

This next article notes that Monday, November 28th, as the launch date for the jeep tram service.

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Article dated December 1, 1966, from the Orlando Evening Star

This short article from March of 1967 describes some of the tram’s stops:

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March 03, 1967, in the Orlando Evening Star

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This Winter Park Villager shows a DJ-3A Surrey pulling a matching trailer in Winter Park, Florida. One of these postcards is currently on eBay.

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Here’s another view of the same combo. One of these postcards is currently on eBay

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1961 DJ-3A Surrey Lake Worth, FL **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: This did not reach the reserve, so it did not sell. I don’t know what the seller plans to do next.

The current bid is $1600 with four days to go. The reserve has not been met.

https://www.proxibid.com/Collector-Cars/Classic-Vintage-Cars/1961-WILLYS-JEEP-GALA/lotInformation/ (#topoflot

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“1961WILLY’S JEEP GALA, Treated to a cosmetic and mechanical redo! Built from 1959 to 1964, based on a flat fender DJ-3A the body style was used originally as postal jeeps until 1959. The surplus parts were used to create the Surrey Galas which came in three colors. This one is Pink, Tropical Mist with striped pink and glacier white interior and top, riding on wide whites with chrome wheel covers. It is exactly the same as the one Elvis had and is displayed to this day at his home ,Graceland in Memphis ! This unit does not have the fringe or the dual leather straps attaching to the windscreen, and is Fitted with a new steering wheel that matches the two new side rear view mirrors”

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1944 MB? Huntington Beach, CA $19,950

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/19/2020) This old soldier has experienced a transformation into a surrey-like jeep.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/347413733018084/

“This collectors 1944 / 4-wheel-drive Willys Overland Surrey Jeep underwent a frame-off, nut-and-bolt restoration and is powered by a modern 2.0-liter high-performance OHC Ford 4-cylinder engine backed by a C4 automatic transmission with a shift kit and a Hurst floor shifter. It features a detailed frame and chassis and lots of chrome. This Willy is equipped with a military T18 transfer case with 2-wheel high range and 4-wheel low range, rebuilt front and rear ends with Warner hubs and 3.73 gears, chrome leaf springs with a 2” lift and a 2” body lift. The new all-steel body has not been taken off road or seen rain since it was built less than 500 miles ago.”

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Video of Bruce Agan’s Former DJ-3A Surrey

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While looking for something else, I was pleasantly surprised with this video of Bruce Agan’s former 1964 DJ-3A Surrey. The video was posted in 2012, prior to his passing. He was the guru of Surreys and Galas for a time and his restoration (including all the interior fabric) is a testament to that fact. There are various photos of his Surrey, Surrey advertising, and other jeeps on Flickr.

 
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1962 Movie/Poster ‘When the Girls Takeover’

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UPDATE: Bruce Agan assembled these clips of DJ-3A scenes from the movie, “When the Girls Take Over”.

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Maury spotted this rare poster for the movie “When the Girls Takeover“. The full movie is on Youtube and the jeep appears in multiple scenes.

“THIS AUCTION IS FOR ONE Original Vintage 1962 MOVIE POSTER FOR THE MOVIE “WHEN THE GIRLS TAKE OVER”.

THE POSTER IS IN GOOD SHAPE AND THE COLORS ARE GOOD AND CLEAR BUT THE WHITE BACKGROUND HAS SLIGHT DISCOLOR DUE TO ITS AGE. THE EDGES SHOW SLIGHT WEAR BUT WILL LOOK GOOD WHEN FRAMED.

THE POSTERS MAIN IMAGE IS OF A WILLYS JEEP “PINK SURRY”!

THE MOVIE FEATURED ROBERT LOWERY, MARVIN MILLER, JACKIE COOGAN, AND JIMMY ELLISON. IT MEASURES 22X28 INCHES.”

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Clip from the beginning showing several Surreys in a row.

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And the full movie:

 
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DJ-3A Gala in Ride the Wild Surf

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Roger Martin pointed me to a Facebook photo from the 1964 movie Ride the Wild Surf. Pictured is Shelley Fabares (who had a higher billing than her female co-star) and Barbara Eden. The beach party movie also starred Fabian and a DJ-3A Gala.

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This is a video clip from the beach scene:

Here’s another short video clip of a Gala in the movie:

 
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1963 DJ-3A Surrey Costa Mesa, CA $24,999

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UPDATE: Back up for sale.

(02/04/2020) Lots of potential here. No indication as to whether it has the top or not.

https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/d/costa-mesa-63-original-willys-surrey/7233960045.html

“’63 Willys Surrey Gala Jeep – DJ-3A – Very Rare – 1963
Runs Great – Very Low Mileage – Original Owner”

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Tropical Motors St. Thomas, VI, ‘Jeep’ Gala Keychain on eBay

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Were the original Gala key chains encased in Acrylic like this? Maybe the dealer ones were? Price of this is $99, but seller will consider offers.

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“Rare Vintage Jeep Gala Tropical Motors St. Thomas V.I. Acrylic Keychain in Excellent Used Condition. My Father obtained this keychain while working in fleet sales for Willys in the Carribean and Central & South America in the 50’s and early 60’s. Measures approximately 1″ in diameter x 1/4″ thick. A must have for the Jeep Gala Surrey owner!!!”

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Some Random Jeep Parades

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: .

Just this one post for Tuesday …

A search of Jeep parades at Newspapers.com revealed endless WWII and post-WWII jeep parades for a myriad of causes. Below is a sample:

This August 08, 1943, photo and article published in the Charlotte Observer highlights a jeep parade held for Army Air Force recruitment.

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A June 17, 1942, blurb in the Marysville Journal Tribune noted that Marlene Dietrich and 100 jeeps would be parading in Toledo for a War Bond drive.

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Sinbad the dog, a decorated 8-year veteran of the Coast Guard, got his own jeep parade according to a January 09, 1946, article in the Marysville Journal-Tribune out of Ohio.

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The March 06, 1946, issue of The Leader-Post out of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, reported that the first 100 jeeps to be imported into Colombia formed a parade in Bogota.

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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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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

 
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1962 DJ-3A Surrey **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD**

This was listed as a 1959 and a 1962. Thanks to TJ for the heads up on this one.

“1962. Willy Jeep. Made for Kaiser cement company in Hawaii. Not many made. Only 9300 made.”

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1962 DJ-3A Surrey & Parts 2A Kailua, Oahu, HI $3500

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This DJ-3A has had a little body work, but looks to formerly be a DJ-3A Surrey given the footman loops on the front fenders.

https://honolulu.craigslist.org/oah/pts/d/kailua-1962-willys-jeep-willys/7138331536.html

“1962 Willys 2 wheel drive with rebuilt original 4 cylinder motor

1948 Willys Jeep chassis 4 wheel drive rebuilt v6 Buik motor
$3500 firm for both
Parts only”

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Introducing the Jeep Surrey

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UPDATE: Here are a couple more articles introduction the Jeep Surrey. The first one notes that women will like it for its fashion while men will like it for its fine engineering. I’m less convinced that the term ‘fine-engineering’ should be applied to any of the DJ-3As.

The second was widely disseminated in various arrangements and reminds us that A similar model, the “Jeep” Gala, was introduced to the export market early this year . This documents that the Gala was the export model and the Surrey the domestic model.

This first article was published October 08, 1959, and comes from Utah’s Orem-Geneva Times:

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This October 04, 1959, article published in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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1960 DJ-3A Surrey(?) Fort Worth, TX $5700

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Given the windshield handles, this might have been a Surrey.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/626283744631982/

“1960 Jeep Surrey, rare vehicle, only 1420 made between 1960-1965, original 4 cylinder flathead runs great, you have to see in person, it’s a put back to original project but has good bones to build on, a restored one like it sold for $48k, don’t have the time or $ to do it”

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August 1962 Article on Hatari Dispatcher/Universal Tonka Toys

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As reported in this post, in 1962 the Tonka company launched the jeep models many of us owned as kids (and some of us still own as adults). It didn’t take long for Tonka to introduce specialized packaging as well. The August 1962 issue of Playthings Magazine highlighted three different Dispatcher Tonka Toys, with Hatari-themed boxes, that were for sale in the lobby of movie theaters while Hatari played in theatres.

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The article appeared on this page:

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August 1960 Surrey Contest Ads

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UPDATE: View the Miss Gotham winner hereAdvertisements for the summer of 1960 Miss Gotham contest also appeared in newspapers. I also have learned who won the Surrey, but I need to scan the info still.

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CREDIT: August 25, 1960, Chicago Tribune

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CREDIT: August 21, 1960, issue of El Paso Times

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Originally posted May 13, 2020: A contest ad featuring a DJ-3A Surrey appeared in an August 1960 issue of Seventeen Magazine.

“Seventeen 8/1960.
Original magazine page.
NOTE: You are buying a magazine page, a piece of paper. Sheet size given is approximate. [10 1/2 x 13 1/2″]. 2-page ads noted. Occasional small edge splits not affecting image or type may be present.”

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1968 & 1969 DJ-5 Gala Ads

During the late 1960s, a couple different Jeep dealers in Hawaii offered DJ-5 Jeep Galas for sale. There were at least two different styles of ads published. The Gala was a Surrey that was sold by the export arm of the company.

In 1967, a Kaiser-Jeep dealership owned by Von Hamm-Young Mercantile, flew the 1968 model of the DJ-5 Gala Jeep to Hawaii. From the story below, it would seem that this may have been the first example of a DJ-5 Gala Jeep arriving in Hawaii. Note that the photo’s caption only describes this jeep as a Gala.

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Over the next two years, the dealer published ads hoping to spur sales. We’ll likely never know how successful sales were, but I’d suspect not too many were sold.

1) The first ad appeared between April and September of 1968. The example shown below was published in the May 30, 1968, issue of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. There are a variety of things that struck me with this ad. First, it’s the first ad I’ve seen for a DJ-5 Surrey/Gala. Second, it is advertised as a “Surrey Gala”, rather than one or the other. Third, it came in six different color schemes. Fourth, later in the year (specifically September 24th in the Hawaii Tribune Herald), Big Island Rambler was the dealer name at the bottom of the ad, with no specific link made to Von Hamm-Young.

Apart from all those points, it’s generally just an odd ad for a vehicle!

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2) This ad appeared multiple times, but only during April of 1969 (I could find no other ads for any other month in 1969), isn’t quite as odd as the 1968 campaign. The ad also doesn’t mention the multiple package options. This particular example was published in the April 4th, 1969, issue of the Honolulu Advertiser.

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2 Different Pepsi Sweepstakes with Surrey as a 1st Prize

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In May of 1960 there was a Pepsi contest that offered a Pepsi-styled DJ-3A Surrey as the first prize. Subsequently, in July of 1960, there was a second contest, Pepsi’s Sociable Sweepstakes, where another Pepsi-styled DJ-3A Surrey was given away. Learn more about the Pepsi Surreys at the CJ-3B Page.

Contest 1: This ad appeared in the May 05, 1960, issue of the Miami Daily News-Record, Oklahoma. To enter the contest, folks had to fill out and mail in this entry blank, “Pepsi Cola, The ___________ Refreshment”. This was a nearly-full-page ad (this version of the ad shown below is slightly different from the one on the CJ-3B page; it can also be found in this Miami, Oklahoma, newspaper).

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This next image demonstrates just how large the ad was:

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Contest 2: Two months later, Pepsi announced its Sociable Sweepstakes in July of 1960. The contest was part of Pepsi’s Sociable advertising campaign and it, too, offered a Pepsi-styled DJ-3A Surrey as the first prize. The ad below was published in the July 18, 1960, issue of the Greenville News, Greenville, South Carolina. The ad was another large one, taking up most of the page.

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This next image demonstrates just how large the ad was:

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1960 Ad For Jeep Surreys, Perfect for Business or Pleasure

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Jeep Dealer Frank Woods appeared to have high hopes for sales with this advertisement in the March 22, 1960, issue of the Charlotte Observer.
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