Mini Moke powstał jako lekki wóz przeznaczony dla wojska, lecz z powodu przedniego napędu i nisko zawieszonego nadwozia egzaminu tam zdać nie mógł. Przyjął się za to doskonale jako tani wóz do transportu wszędzie tam, gdzie panował gorący klimat. Choć był to tani i popularny wóz, dziś jego ceny szybko rosną. Zamiast towarów coraz częściej wozi eleganckich ludzi na plaże… a żeby sprzedać go jak najlepiej, potrzebuje dobrego towarzystwa. Najlepiej takiego, jak na aukcji RM Auctions / Amelia Island. Sprzedany za 49500 dolarów.
1971 Mini Moke
To be auctioned on Saturday, March 8, 2014
$25,000 – $35,000
Chassis no. 627Engine no. 10YF/U/H
55 bhp, 998 cc inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with wishbones and rubber cone springs, independent rear suspension with rubber cone springs and pitch spring, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 80 in
Personally restored by Brumos Porsche for Bob Snodgrass
An excellent alternative to the Fiat Jolly
Showing under 17,000 miles from new
The Mini Moke, a rugged and off-road-ready Mini-based light military vehicle inspired by the Jeep, was originally created by the British Motor Corporation with army use in mind. Not surprisingly, perhaps, the army was confused as to what one would actually do with an off-road vehicle with about two inches of ground clearance, 10-inch wheels, and only front-wheel drive. However, the BMC soldiered on with their idea, and the car was produced for public use instead.
Similar in concept to the Fiat Jolly, the Mini Moke found success as a beach buggy, and it quickly became a cult vehicle in warmer locales of Australia and the United States. If the vehicles weren’t quite rugged enough for the army, they were certainly good enough for those looking to get to and from the beach with surfboards in tow.
This particular 1971 Mini Moke was previously owned by Ed Hemming and personally restored by Brumos Porsche, of Jacksonville, Florida, for Bob Snodgrass, the longtime head of the Brumos racing team and dealership in Jacksonville. Following its restoration, this car was displayed in a climate-controlled private museum at Brumos Porsche. After Snodgrass’ passing, the car was acquired by its current owner, who has preserved it in the same condition. It is currently showing 16,485 miles on the odometer, with 500 of those having been accumulated following the restoration, and it has been rhino-lined underneath and inside to protect it from rust and deterioration. The consignor notes that it runs perfectly, and its finish in Mercedes-Benz dark blue paint certainly makes it eye catching.
Like the Fiat Jolly, Mini Mokes are perfect for those with a beachfront home, and they are brilliant for summertime transportation in and around resort towns. Additionally, the Mini Moke benefits from greater parts availability, as it is a BMC-based product, and parts are often very affordable. Considering the rise in popularity of the Jolly, the Mini Mokes will surely be not far behind, and this model would make an excellent alternative to its Italian cousin.