My grandfather bought this Surrey Gala from a gentleman that had five territories of a Pepsi-Cola franchise in or around the Milwaukee-Chicago area. This gentleman purchased my grandfather’s condo in Florida and they became friends. Grandpa was invited to his home up north and was shown this Surrey. The guy didn’t have just one; he had five of them, one for each of his territories to pull floats in parades. A trailer hitch was on all of them.
One thing led to another and grandpa mentioned that if they were ever sold he would like to purchase one of them. Later he got that call and he got his Jeep Surrey. My father inherited it and now my youngest brother Bruce owns it. It’s a 1960 and all original with 20 some thousand miles on it. I have yet to see or hear of another like it, though there are at least 4 others out there. Maybe more?
It is a light bluish/green. Maybe Foam or Jade tint. All of the light colored paint is a cream. The top and seats are Yellow/White stripe. On the back seat rail covers the words Pepsi-Cola are silk screened on them. It has all the canvas doors and all around side curtains. The spare tire did not have a cover so I had one made several years ago according to what I thought it might be if they had made one.
I have a 1949 Jeepster and Dad and I have attended many car shows in Western Michigan together.
The Pepsi Surrey is not a myth.
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