Old Mini Moke - Classic British Cars

The Sun-Loving Moke

The Mini Moke seems to have found more fame abroad than in its British home. It's popular in the sunny climes of Australia, America, the Seychelles, and tropical resorts in the Caribbean more than in rainy Britain.

The Mini Moke was originally intended as a cheap vehicle for the British Army but when they declined it due to low power and limited ground clearance, and a second version fitted with twin engines, to create a four-wheel drive version, was seen to be too complex, the Moke became a basic utility vehicle for the sunspots of the world.

Its main claim to fame in the UK was in the cult TV show The Prisoner where it regularly appeared alongside Patrick McGoohan.

The majority of the Moke's mechanicals were Mini based, but Britain only got the lowly 848cc engine in the version sold here.

A Mini Moke - a public domain image
A Mini Moke - a public domain image | Source

The Mini Moke Emmigrates

After the Moke bombed in Britain production was switched to Australia in 1966 and the Moke also got the boost of 13" wheels instead of the original 10" Mini wheels. It stated with the 998cc engine but swapped to the 1098cc in 1976. Later versions got the option of the 1275cc engine.

As production in Australia ceased, so it wound up in Portugal in 1980 and continued until 1993. The Moke got the new 12" Mini wheels and other current to the time Mini components to cut production costs.

Ultimately the Cagiva motorcycle company bought the Moke in 1990 and intended to start manufacturing it in Italy in 1993, but it never came about for some reason. So the Moke disappeared, with about 50,000 built in total.

Lately, BMW, who now own the Mini name, have been displaying a vehicle using the Moke name and are said to be quite keen to put it into production.

Time will tell, whether the Moke is to be reborn almost fifty years on.

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