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Chris's Collection: Pink Tonka Jeep model




Chris Nichols of LA Magazine's Tonka Jeep model from 1962.
Chris Nichols of LA Magazine's Tonka Jeep model from 1962.
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Chris Nichols is an editor at Los Angeles magazine, but he's also a walking encyclopedia when it comes to Southern California's history. Every so often he comes by and he brings in one of his treasures.

Today he brings in a pink Tonka Jeep. It was made around 1962, and it's a model based on a short-lived Jeep called the Surrey. Henry Kaiser built the HIlton Hawaiian Village and he wanted a vehicle that people could drive around the complex so they don't have to walk. 

When Elvis Presley made "Blue Hawaii" he drove one of these Jeep around the island.