Austin Mini Moke 25 (1989)
The coolest car ever for the summer house.
The Mini Moke is a small convertible pickup based on the Mini, which was originally manufactured by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) group. Initial production was at the BMC Longbridge plant, where 14,518 examples were produced from 1964 to 1968. The Moke was also manufactured in Australia from 1966 to 1982, and about 10,000 units were produced in Portugal from 1980 to 1993. Finally, the very last Mokes were built by Cagiva in Italy, who bought the rights from the Portuguese manufacturer.
The Moke was born out of the British army’s request for a light parachute military vehicle like the famous American WWII Jeep, but the small wheels and low ground clearance made it impossible for the military to use off-road. It became available for the public, and in 1970 the name "Mini" disappeared and the car was just called "Moke". The engine was an 850 ccm initially, and later changed to the Mini 998 ccm unit.
Our example is one of only 250 examples of the special edition "Moke 25", and is finished in gleaming white. The seats and hood are also finished in white vinyl, which makes it the perfect summer car. It drives like a Mini should, with go-cart style steering and roadholding, and a crispy engine sound. There is no other convertible that can match this sense of open driving, and it looks as cool as any exotic car which will cost at least ten times as much.... This Moke has been well maintained, and has just received a full service including new tyres. The vinyl roof and side screens are in good and complete condition, and the white seats look like new.
This sympathetic little car is a proper eye-catcher, and a very cool car to have in your summer house near the seaside. It does not look out of place in Knokke-Le Zoute or St-Tropez, and will put a smile on your face whenever you take it out in the sunny weather.