Willys DJ-3A


The DJ-3A was introduced in 1955. It used the body style of the older CJ-3A, along with the L-134 engine. Unlike the CJ-3A, it came with either a column shift or floor shift three-speed Borg-Warner T-96 manual transmission. It was offered with many different body options including a soft top, hard top, or even a full van body. One model was a postal delivery vehicle with the driver's position on the right side for mail box delivery. 

  • Production Run: 1955-1965
  • Production Total: 13,606
  • Body Style: 3-door commercial vehicle
  • Wheelbase: 80 inches
  • Length: 136 inches
  • Width: 66.5 inches
  • Height: 71 inches
  • Curb Weight: Approx. 1,819 lbs.
  • Successor: DJ-5 (Dispatcher 100)


In early 1959, Willys introduced the Jeep Gala to the export markets and uses desiring the nimble size and open bodywork, but no need for four wheel-drive. This model gained popularity as a "fun car" at resorts in Hawaii, Mexico, and islands in the Caribbean area. It was finished in pink, green, or blue and trimmed with matching white striped fabric, as well as with fringe on its top.

In fall of 1959, a similar model called the Jeep Surrey was introduced in the US market. The primary target market were 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.

*Sources: Wikipedia, KaiserWillys Blog, JeepFan.com, JeepCollection.com