The Jeep Family of Vehicles

Willys Motors brochure 61-7



Here's a brochure you don't see too often. This 1961 publication has a number of unusual features, including a colorful and playful visual design, perhaps inspired by the unique 1959 brochures for the Jeep Gala.

Maybe Willys was going after a more "hip" 1960s image, with some fun colors: a pink and green which approximate two of the paint colors used on the Surrey, plus Pepsi yellow to really make it "pop."

What is odd, is that this brochure is intended to promote the Jeep mainly as a working vehicle, not a fun vehicle. The images in the unfolded brochure all show Jeeps at work, with the exception of the first and last ones, which show two more responsibilities of the "working man": greeting his waiting family, and taking the family on vacation in a Surrey and a boat.

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4-wheel driveJeeps are seen here transporting workers and cargo; there are none of the fire engines, ambulances, winches or backhoes sometimes seen in advertisements aimed at fleet operators. Instead there are four versions of the station wagon (although not the "fun" Maverick Special.)

Willys still felt the need to put 'Jeep' in awkward quotation marks every time it appeared, as a way of emphasizing their hard-won trademarking of the name. This despite the fact that they were also starting to show it as Jeep® to indicate a registered trademark (which as of 2017 is still done in Jeep advertising.)

The Surrey is called the "Surrey Gala" here, probably trying to erase some of the confusion over the two names used for the model -- "Surrey" in North America and "Gala" for the export version.

The other side of the unfolded sheet (right) has brief descriptions and diagrams of four-wheel drive, power take-off positions, and available engines including the Perkins diesel. These are also very colorful, possibly inspired by the Mitsubishi Jeep brochures being produced in Japan.

CJ-3BSomething else unusual about Form 61-7 is the prominence of the CJ-3B. The sketch of the oldest and most basic Jeep Universal is actually larger than the CJ-5 and CJ-6! Sales of the 3B had been dropping through the late 1950s, and Willys reversed that trend in the early 60's by promoting exports and fleet sales.

Vehicle specsWhen the brochure is folded, the back page is a summary of specifications for all the Jeep vehicles illustrated. At the bottom, the Willys-Overland Export Corp. name is shown, as well as Willys Motors Inc., and there is a space for a dealer's stamp. The brochure is also identified as Form 61-7.

There was also a brochure titled Meet the Whole Jeep Family (160K JPEG).

Willys Brochure 62-17 from the following year has some of the best CJ-3B illustrations. -- Derek Redmond

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