Auburn Fall | Lot 2098

1960 Willys Jeep Surrey Gala



$27,500 USD | Sold

United States | Auburn, Indiana

29 August 2014

One quick glance and one would think that they were seeing a Fiat Jolly. But this is a Jeep with a Surrey Gala Package, they were produced from 1959-1964. It is based off the flat-fender jeep the DJ-3A dispatcher which is a two-wheel drive version of the CJ-3A Universal Jeep for industrial and commercial use.

Henry Kaiser bought Willis-Overland in 1953, and then went to live at a hotel that he owned in Hawaii. As a part of the hotel, he had a car rental business that offered Surrey Jeeps as a cheap runabout vehicle that were used around the resorts.In 1959, a Gala edition, with striped upholstery and fringed top, was added to the export line; intended for resort areas like Hawaii, the Caribbean and Mexico. Later that year it was marketed domestically as the Surrey.

The Surrey came standard with a striped fabric and three different color options: Tropical Mist (pink)/ Coral and Glacier White, Cerulean Blue/ Glacier White and Jade Tint Green/ Glacier White. Approximately 1,000 were manufactured, making this an uncommonly seen Jeep.

This Jeep is finished in the Tropical Mist “flavor,” with pink and white striped upholstery and fringed top. The engine is a 134.2-cid, 72-hp L-head inline four-cylinder. The transmission is a column-shift three-speed manual, and is out-fitted with a solid front axle and a live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs. It has four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes with a wheelbase of 80-inches. As it would have come from the factory, it is equipped with a matching pink steering wheel and wide whitewall tires with chrome factory hubcaps, also accented in pink.

It has had a frame-off professional restoration. The engine bay is very nicely detailed, the upholstery, paint and chrome all show to be in overall excellent shape. This Jeep would make a great addition to your lake or vacation home, diverse car collection, or just enjoy the pleasure of its many looks and enquiries.

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