Lot 109: Austin Mini Moke
The Mini Moke was 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 affectionate archaic dialect term for donkey. Its construction is simple. The body mainly consists of two box-section 'pontoons' or 'sideboxes' running from the back of the car all the way up to the firewall. These are connected by the floor pan, the firewall and a sturdy torque box that runs under the front seats and stiffens the body in torsion. The left-hand pontoon contains the fuel tank; the right-hand has a compartment for the battery and a small lockable storage area. Because the Moke's A-Series engine, manual gearbox and suspension are identical to those of a standard Mini (which was still in production up to October 2000), most spare parts are still readily available.Finished in larch green with complementary green interior, this delightful Moke was bought as a 17th Birthday present over 50 years ago for its first owner, remaining in his collection until just last year. The now vendor confirms it comes with a huge number of bills and receipts spanning its lifetime. Reported to be in good condition overall, rarely do we have the opportunity to offer such low ownership, low mileage Moke's. Definitely one for the collector and must be seen to be appreciated.
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Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
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