The Jeep Surrey Gala concept originated in the 50's at Las Brisas Resort in Acapulco, which dressed up a fleet of DJ-3 Dispatcher 2-wheel drive Jeeps for use by guests. Willys was owned by industrialist Henry J. Kaiser who also owned extensive resort properties in Hawaii including the Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach. A Jeep manager pitched the idea of the surrey-topped utility vehicles to Kaiser's managers who readily accepted it, creating a 50-vehicle rental fleet. The model then entered the Willys catalog in 1960. The striped and fringed surrey-style top, tropical colors and matching striped upholstery, without doubt one of the cheekiest concepts ever taken into series production, caught on with individual owners and daily rental fleet operators in resort areas and remains one of the most flamboyant, friendly, cheerful beach cars ever built. This example, in the rare colors of Cerulean Blue and Glacier White, is probably the best completely restored example in the world. Everything has been done to the highest standards, from the paint and chrome to the bright, waterproof fabric upholstery and surrey top. The under hood presentation is exceptional and no detail has been ignored. Much more practical than a Moke or Jolly, with legendary Jeep reliability, this is a superb and entirely practical vehicle for bright summer days at the shore, lake or ranch and will vie with Bentleys and Ferraris for pride of place in valet parking lots in Hollywood, the Hamptons or South Beach.
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