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Framed St. Thomas Island Jeep Gala Map **SOLD**

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This framed Jeep Gala Map brochure sold for $130 on an online auction (plus an additional $23% buyer premium and whatever shipping cost). I stopped at $50, as the map has a variety of ripples in it.

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1964 DJ-3A Modesto, CA No Price

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UPDATE: Still Available. Was listed at $12,500.

This tribute-to-the-surrey-DJ-3A has been listed in multiple locations, but is located in Modesto, California (based on the plates). The jeep was being auctioned, but the auction ended this morning with a highest bid of $4k.

(03/06/2022) This DJ-3A was modified into a Surrey-like jeep. It looks in great shape.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/5066784120021429

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“Our blue cutie was acquired by its owner in 2016 and has been driven 3000 miles during his ownership. Believed to be a California car most all its life, it resided in Modesto, CA with a clear and clean title in the owner’s name. Continue reading

 
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1960 DJ-3A Surrey Dacula, GA $20,000

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UPDATE: This Surrey was posted to eBay last September (2021). There’s a lot to like here, but the floors have been patched.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/d/dacula-1960-willys-dj3a-surrey/7442633031.html

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 pans were reinforced due to hat channel rust-out and some bondo on driver side panel. . Jeep was originally two tone Tropical Rose and Coral Mist, seems to have been over sprayed in coral mist pink and the striped top was replaced at some point with what is currently on it.

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See some older pics (from 09/2021) and more info below:

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1963 DJ-3A Surrey? Thousand Oaks, CA $3500

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This has an updated engine. It doesn’t run. Still, this may be worth a look. The paint/trim numbers seem to confirm the this may have been a Surrey (148 is the body paint color for Tropical Rose/Coral Mist aka “pink”).

https://ventura.craigslist.org/cto/d/oak-park-super-rare-willys-jeep/7433680154.html

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“1 of 1100 made. The VIN tag confirms the pink paint underneath the blue redo makes the Jeep I have a “Surrey” or “Gala” I don’t know the history of the Jeep, I did talk to the PO who had the bucket sets and a Ford V6 Cologne motor from a Pinto put in it. He had no idea what it was. As it sits now it is not running. I have ordered the parts for the ignition including a Duraspark II distributor. I’ve done an oil change and coolant change. I’ve only had the Jeep a month or so and didn’t realize what I was buying. The body is really straight and surprisingly rust free. There are a couple <6″ spots under the passenger seat I found when I pulled up the carpet. It’s registered in CA as an Historical Vehicle. Registration is not current, but the title is in my hand and is clear. The Jeep is currently “not in the system” so there’s no back fees to be paid. Not sure what else to put, I’m new to the Willys game.”

 
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1961 DJ-3A Surrey Fredericksburg, TX $49,500 on eBay

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Several folks forwarded this Surrey. This Surrey was in Riverside, then was in Florida, but now is in Texas. It’s undergone a restoration in the last few years, but Colin indicates it was never a resort vehicle (despite the decals). Those style of decals were actually on a Surrey model jeep:

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Here’s the link to the eBay ad, along with some pics below:

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“Welcome to Street Dreams in Texas as we celebrate our 23rd year in the classic and muscle car business. We are always happy to present you with another dreamy classic jeep. This 1961 Willys Surrey Gala is a special production vehicle for Caribbean Palace Nassau. It has a 133ci Inline four cylinder engine with a manual 3-speed transmission. This classic has been well taken care of through the years. It is a very rare vehicle. It has a great look that will last until the color pink goes out of style. Which we don’t see ever happening. This thing turns everyone’s heads when you drive it around. This is a perfect vehicle for taking passengers on trips under 55mph. We sold one locally already, and they use it for wine tours”

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Ray’s Surreys

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Ray’s put together a nice collection of surreys. You can see them in a pic he sent me. He’s working on the pink Surrey. If you happen to have the steering column shifter rods for a DJ-3A, he’s looking for them.

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1962? DJ-3A Surrey Queen Creek, AZ **SOLD**

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UPDATE **SOLD** Was $2800.

Has some body rust; seems to me this could have been a Surrey. It’s missing the top portion of the dry gauze air filter.

“Real Pink Surrey Edition DJ3A. 2 wheel drive. L134, column shift. Clean title. Will need some TLC. Body has some rust, needs carb rebuilt, and factory tank repaired and put back in(temporary fuel tank in back right now). Brakes work and steers great. Has factory bumpers, hub caps, and some original pink fabric on seats. Was driving around a few months ago. Motor has some smoke. Currently not running. Hard top also available. Bring a trailer. Located in Queen Creek, Az. Can help with transport and possible delivery within reason. Don’t have to sell, just making room for current projects.”

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1960 DJ-3A Surrey Chelsea, MI **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was at an Estate Sale.

Matt spotted this ad. No price yet on this one. It sounds like it doesn’t run.

“project/parts condition 39k approx miles”

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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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Original Post May 10, 2018:

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

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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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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

 
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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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