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Lot 273: Mini Moke

The Monaco Sale, Bonhams (11 May 2012)

Like that other great cult car of the post-WW2 era - the Volkswagen 'Beetle' - the Mini proved amenable to all manner of imaginative interpretations by devotees, though its boldest reinvention - the Jeep-like Moke - came from BMC itself. Conceived as a military vehicle but rejected by the Army, the Moke was redeveloped for the civilian market, deliveries commencing in 1964. The car's open design meant that it was not the ideal vehicle for the British climate and the vast majority ended up overseas. Production too was transferred abroad after 1968, continuing in Australia until 1981. Australian-built Mokes were already being exported to Portugal in kit form and production proper commenced there in 1983. In 1990 Rover sold the Moke project to Cagiva, which continued production in Portugal until 1993. Sold overseas as a utility vehicle but in Britain viewed more as a fashion accessory, the Moke captured the 1960s' spirit of freedom and self-expression more effectively than any other car. The Moke's prominent role in Patrick McGoohan's cult TV series The Prisoner has only served to maintain its popularity and today this quirky Mini variant remains highly sought after. This left-hand drive Moke is described by the private vendor as in generally good condition and offered with Italian libretto.

Lot Details
Auction The Monaco Sale
Bonhams, Monaco
TypeCar
Lot Number273
Estimate€12000-€15000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€10000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€11500
Year1970
Condition rating3
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number513295
Engine number8AC-0H3497
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors