Lot 4 - 1966 Austin Mini Moke
|Odometer reading||14,900 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
|Result||Sold - £16,762|
The Mini Moke is a vehicle based on the Mini and designed for the British Motor Corporation (BMC) by Sir Alec Issigonis. The name comes from ""Mini""-the car with which the Moke shares many parts-and ""Moke"", which is an archaic dialect term for donkey. The initial design was a prototype for a light military vehicle in the style of the American Jeep, but its small wheels and low ground clearance made it impractical as an off-road vehicle. It was subsequently offered in a civilian version as a low-cost, easily maintained utility vehicle. The Moke finally achieved success as a beach buggy-becoming a popular 'cult' vehicle in the Seychelles, Australia, the United States and many tropical resorts in the Caribbean. Mokes were first built at the Morris factory in Oxford before production moved to BMC's Longbridge, Birmingham plant, and eventually overseas. 14,500 Mokes were produced in the UK between 1964 and 1968, 26,000 in Australia between 1966 and 1981, and 10,000 in Portugal between 1980 and 1993 when production of the Moke ended.
This wonderful early Mk1 Austin Mini Moke has been the subject of a no expense spared complete professional restoration by Mini specialists. The paintwork, including the underside of the vehicle, is finished in its original Spruce Green and the vendor reports that it looks and drives just like it did when it left the factory in the 1966. It has been fitted with the original fully rebuilt 849cc engine, completely standard with an unleaded head and has covered a believed genuine 14,800 miles.
First delivered new to Australia in 1966, the car remained down under until it was recently tracked down by a leading Mini Moke restoration specialist and brought back to the UK. Fortunately, due to the Australian climate, VAM151D had been preserved and was free of the rust and rot issues that troubled so many other Mokes remaining in the UK. With a perfect canvas to work from, the extensive restoration achieved superb results, whilst maintaining originality. For example, all subframes, suspension arms and brackets have been powder coated in Satin Black and the vehicle has been reassembled using new nuts and bolts.
This vehicle comes with an MoT test certificate for 12 months and five months remaining warrantee on all mechanics from the Mini specialist that carried out the works. In perhaps better condition now than when new in 1966, VAM151D is ready to show or be used and is arguably one of the best Mk1 Austin Mini Mokes in the country.
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