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Lot 028: Mini Moke

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

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 February 1965, this Longbridge-built Moke was acquired by the current owner eight years ago as a run-around for himself and his two sons on the family estate. In good condition throughout and said to drive beautifully, it certainly proved a hoot to drive when we were invited to take it for a quick spin on the occasion of our visit. With so little weight to lug around and so little bodywork to shield you from the elements, it didn't half feel quick! It comes with five old MOT certificates back to 1998 and a canvas hood. Fully road legal and due to have a fresh MOT and tax before the sale, it is sure to give its new owner a great deal of fun.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number028
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£7000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1965
Condition rating
Registration numberMVG 56C
Mileage-
Chassis numberAAB1-704852
Engine number8AC-FAV-H-1292
Engine capacity (cc)848
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors