Lot 241 - 1965 Mini Moke
|Odometer reading||66 miles|
|Estimate||£13,000 - £16,000|
|Result||Sold - £12,750|
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. Mokes were first built at the Morris factory in Oxford before production moved to BMC's Longbridge, Birmingham plant, and eventually overseas. Some 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 1965 Mini Moke was originally ordered from the British Motor Corporation via its export department and supplied to the Rhodesian fire service in special order red. Following its return to the U.K. this charming Moke has undergone a sympathetic restoration. We are informed that original parts were used wherever possible. The car has benefitted from new seat covers, hood, mirrors and bumpers. This quirky little red utility vehicle is offered to auction with a V5C registration certificate. The vendor informs us that the car will also arrive at the auction with a 12 month MoT test certificate.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.