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Lot 064: Mini Moke

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

The Mini Moke was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis at the same time as the Mini saloon and used identical engine, transmission and suspension parts. Although the pre-production prototype came out in 1959, full-scale production did not start until 1964. It was initially intended to be a parachute-dropped utility vehicle for the British Army, but this notion failed at the first hurdle when they rejected it due to its low ground clearance (though the Israeli army were later to use it with some success as a mobile machine gun platform). It was then decided that it would make an excellent tool for farmers and as a light commercial vehicle. This was partially scuppered yet again when it was rated as a passenger car and therefore subject to Purchase Tax. It did however gain a strong following and became a cult classic after featuring in the TV series The Prisoner and found its true role as a fun beach car at which it excelled. As testament to its fundamental toughness and reliability, in 1977 a 1,275cc Cooper S-engined Moke came 35th in the London to Sydney rally, covering a gruelling 18,600 miles in 30 days. Some 14,500 Mokes were produced at BMC's Longbridge plant between 1964 and 1968 before production moved to Australia where a further 26,000 were made between 1966 and 1981. Another 10,000 were made in Portugal before production finally ceased in 1993. First registered in January 1967, this British-built Moke was acquired by the current registered keeper in 2003 and promptly treated to a total nut-and-bolt rebuild which resulted in the fine specimen you see today. Repainted in its original shade of yellow, it has been fitted with a larger 1,275cc engine and gearbox but the original engine and 'box (both fully overhauled) are supplied with the vehicle and could easily be reinstated. Although it is pictured with Wolfrace alloy wheels and incorrect wing mirrors and badging, the correct parts are with the vehicle and will be fitted prior to the sale. It comes with a new hood and sidescreens and many old MOTs back to 1991 when the indicated mileage was 2,142 (now 9,700 miles). With an MOT until March 2012 and taxed until next April it is ready for immediate work or play.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number064
Estimate£12500-£14000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1967
Condition rating
Registration numberGCT 220E
Mileage-
Chassis numberMAB1734602
Engine number12H-209-H894
Engine capacity (cc)1275
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors