CHASSIS NO: AABAL889093
• Fun and cheeky Mini-based vehicle
• Interesting military development background
• Offered from long-term, dry storage
• Service and enjoy on your acreage
998 cc BMC A-Series inline four-cylinder engine, 55 HP, four-speed manual front transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, hydraulic four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 80"
Designed by Sir Alec Issigonis and first introduced in 1959, the Austin Mini is recognized today as one of the most influential automobiles of the 20th Century, second only to Ford’s Model T. With its compact exterior dimensions, the Mini featured an innovative transverse-mounted engine, neatly integrated with the gearbox and front-wheel drive system. This basic layout, combined with small 10-inch diameter wheels at each corner of its squat, box-like body, also provided the Mini with a deceptively spacious passenger cabin.
The Mini Moke, so-named after an ancient English expression meaning “donkey” or “pack mule”, shared the Mini’s mechanical components and basic layout. It was originally conceived as a lightweight, air-transportable vehicle, stripped to its bare essentials and aimed at meeting British military requirements. Although the Moke was rejected by the Royal Army due to concerns over the Moke’s low ground clearance, BMC so ardently believed in the Moke’s remarkable utility and began offering it to the public in 1964.
While UK production ended in 1968, the Moke continued to be produced in Australia and later by Cagiva in Portugal, with production finally ending in 1992. Eventually, some 51,000 examples were built in total, with many finding favor with generations of farmers, linemen and ranchers for their toughness and sheer utility. A number were also exported to Catalina Island, the Caribbean and the Seychelles, where their simplicity and funky attitude made them a mainstay of vacation life. The Moke even gained stardom on the small screen, with several appearances in TV’s “The Prisoner” series.
Finished in yellow with a maroon top, this festive Mini Moke from 1967 is a nice-appearing example, offered from long-term dry storage. Looking as though it just needs to be checked over mechanically and cleaned, it is a driver-quality example and could make a fun leisure vehicle or provide a great way to get around your acreage.