Lot 156 - 1968 Austin 'Mini Moke'
|Odometer reading||40,868 miles|
|Estimate||£13,000 - £16,000|
- Nut and bolt restoration in 2008
- Leather seats
- Original factory built Mini Moke
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. Now equally collectable as the Willys Jeep and Land Rover, a Moke offers fun in abundance whether popping to the shops or a trip along a coastal road in the sun.
This striking looking example is presented in blue with leather seats, it has a light beige hood with side screens making it weather proof for those inclement British summers we sometimes have! This fantastic fun runabout was purchased by the present owner in 2001 and in 2008 he commissioned a full nut and bolt restoration by Thunder Road Cars at a cost of £13,000. This has been the ‘family’ vehicle used at both their holiday home in France and in the UK. Terrific fun and in good condition throughout, this is a very useable and practical classic and buyers should note that this is a genuine factory built example and not a kit car.
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