Lot 195 - 1969 Austin Mini Moke
|Odometer reading||41,907 miles|
|Estimate||£11,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £17,080|
The Mini Moke is 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' - 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 USA 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.
This UK supplied, 1969 Austin Mini Moke has recently been the subject to a full restoration with lots of new panels fitted. The previous owner had known the car for over 30 years and the person he acquired it from informed him that this was one of three special order Mokes, made for the Devon and Cornwall Police and fitted with a 1100cc engine for patrolling on the Isles of Sicily and around the perimeter of Dartmoor Prison. Returned to the original Old English White with black seat cushions, black roof and a complete set of weather equipment, it is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in March 2016. The vendor has recently driven this Moke to a classic car show and reported that it performed 'superbly'.
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