Arizona | Lot 103
1960 Willys Jeep Gala Runabout
$46,750 USD | Sold
| Phoenix, Arizona
19 January 2017
- Rare Gala model Jeep
- Beautifully presented restoration
- Ideal for relaxed trips to the beach
Model DJ-3A. 72 bhp, 134.2 cu. in. L-head inline four-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 80 in.
The Jeep Dispatcher, Model DJ-3A, a two-wheel drive version of the CJ-3A Universal Jeep for industrial and commercial use, was introduced in 1955. Powered by the L-head version of Willys’ 134-cubic inch four, it had a column-shifted three-speed transmission. Several different versions were offered, with soft tops, hardtops, and a full van body. The United States Postal Service even purchased a fleet of right-hand drive Dispatchers for mail delivery.
Henry Kaiser retired to Hawaii in the mid-1950s, shortly after he purchased Willys-Overland. Among several businesses there, he owned the Hawaiian Village resort complex on Waikiki Beach, which he later sold to Conrad Hilton. Thus sprang up a Gala edition of the DJ-3A, with striped upholstery and a fringed top. The vehicle was offered to resort guests as a rental vehicle.
In 1959, the Gala was added to the export line and sold in resort areas like Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Three color schemes were offered: Tropical Mist (a light pink), Cerulean Blue, and Jade Tint Green. Grille, bumper apron, windshield, and front fender reveals were done in contrasting Glacier White. Additional brightwork, not available on Dispatcher models, included chrome bumpers and wheel discs. Later that year, the Gala was marketed domestically as the Surrey. About 1,000 were built through 1964.
This Cerulean Blue Jeep Gala is fresh from a comprehensive body-off restoration. Body panels are straight, and the paint is exceptional. The seats are upholstered in blue and white striped vinyl; the rear seat nestles between seat cushions on top of the rear wheel wells, resulting in seating capacity for plenty of friends on outdoor adventures. Thick fabric mats are fitted to the floor. The engine compartment is detailed to a very high standard, without being overdone.
Showing just 45 miles since completion, this rare Jeep Gala comes with full photo documentation of the restoration. Perfect for any summer fun, it is ready to be enjoyed to the fullest.