1993 MINI Classic Moke

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1993
  • Mileage 
    400 mi / 644 km
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Interior colour 
    Beige
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of seats 
    4
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Blue
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

The Mini Moke is a vehicle based on the Mini and designed for the British Motor Corporation (BMC) by Sir Alec Issigonis.
The name comes from "Mini"-the car with which the Moke shares many parts-and "Moke", which is an archaic dialect term for donkey.
The initial design was a prototype for a light military vehicle in the style of the American Jeep, but its small wheels and low ground clearance made it impractical as an off-road vehicle.
It was subsequently offered in a civilian version as a low-cost, easily maintained utility vehicle.
The Moke finally achieved success as a beach buggy-becoming a popular 'cult' vehicle in the Seychelles, Australia, the United States and many tropical resorts in the Caribbean. Mokes were first built at the Morris factory in Oxford before production moved to BMC's Longbridge, Birmingham plant, and eventually overseas.

14,500 Mokes were produced in the UK between 1964 and 1968, 26,000 in Australia between 1966 and 1981, and 10,000 in Portugal between 1980 and 1993 when production of the Moke ended. In 1990, British Leyland (by then called Rover Group) sold the ""Moke"" name to Cagiva-a motorcycle manufacturer in Bologna, Italy.

Production continued in Portugal until 1993, when Cagiva transferred the tooling to their factory in Italy with the intention of restarting production in 1995-which they never did. Since Cagiva did not own the "Mini" name, the 1,500 cars they built were sold simply as "Mokes". This brought the total production run of Mokes and Moke derivatives to about 50,000.

This particular Moke was supplied new to the Manila where it was used as a hire car for tourist to the island. The car was shipped back to the UK fives years ago and purchased by the current owner, he than commissioned the car to be totally restored and replicated a Paul Smith vision of the Moke for his family to use in the holiday home in the summer.

This very fine example is in outstanding condition and has later seats, wheels and total wet weather equipment.