In fall of 1959, the Jeep Surrey was introduced. It used the body style of the older CJ-3A, along with the L-134 engine. It was only available in 2WD and came with a column shift Borg-Warner T-96 manual transmission.
The primary target market was resort hotels and vacation centers. It also served as a low-cost rental vehicle for their guests. The Surrey came with a standard striped fabric top, as well as a matching fabric cover for what was advertised as a “Continental tire mount.”
Shortly after Henry Kaiser bought Willys-Overland he retired to Hawaii where he owned several businesses including Hawaiian Village Hotel that he later sold to Conrad Hilton and a car rental agency. The car rental agency offered the Surrey Jeeps as a cheap runabout vehicle for resorts and a delivery vehicle for small shops in Hawaii and the Caribbean as well.
Approximately 1,100 Gala/Surrey vehicles were manufactured.
The Surrey Jeeps came in two-tone paint colors.
- Tropical Mist (pink)/Coral & Glacier White
- Cerulean Blue/Glacier White
- Jade Tint Green/Glacier White
The canvas tops were striped with a fringe around the edges.
- Striped top with fringe
- Column shifter
- Chrome hub caps & white wall tires
|Engine Options||Go Devil engine, 60 hp & 105 ft./lbs. torque|
|Transmission Options||T96, 3 speed manual transmission|
|Transfer Case||N/A, 2WD only|
|Rear Axle||Dana 27|
|Front Axle||N/A, 2WD only|
|Curb Weight||1,819 lbs.|