The quirky Mini MOKE has been given some well-earned updates and will officially return to the UK 56 years after first gracing British roads.
MOKE International Limited who now own the original ‘MOKE’ trademark initially set their sights on the Caribbean market, selling the desirable straightforward classic to both private buyers, luxury resorts and hotels.
Keep this quiet, but the company has managed to gain UK regulatory approval for the doorless brainchild of Sir Alec Issigonis and John Sheppard. Originally produced by the British Motor Corporation (BMC), Austin Morris and Leyland, the ‘Longbridge lightweight’ was embraced by the British public who were given the opportunity of purchasing any one of the 14,518 produced between 1964 and 1968.
It was first designated as a robust military option for deployment behind enemy lines, sharing components including suspension and chassis with the classic Mini.
Highly regarded as one of the 60s fun cars, the fashionable MOKE fast became the mode of transport for anyone seeking adaptable and simple ‘beach hopping’ in Europe, the Caribbean, US and Asia. To this day it remains the trendy automotive shuttle of choice.
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MOKE International have apparently assembled a team of experts including some of the most celebrated names in the industry. Isobel Dando, leads the board of management with an automotive career that spans two decades. This includes senior commercial and product leadership roles at Jaguar Land Rover and the BMW Group.
Starting at a respectable £20,000 before any options are added, the MOKE will mark its homecoming with a strictly limited run of 56 cars, built for sale exclusively in the United Kingdom. Each is available in a choice of 14 colours and the Limited Edition ‘MOKE 56’ comes with the front grille and windscreen rails in chrome, a discrete union jack badge on the front wings, and a numbered plaque on the bonnet.
My role at MOKE is to preserve the integrity and spirit of the original MOKE whilst incorporating the very best of today’s technologies that match the requirements of a new generation.
- Transmission: 4-speed Automatic
- Engine: 4 cylinder, 1083cc
- Fuel Economy: 34 mpg
- Emissions standard: Euro 4
- Top Speed: 68mph
- Power: 67hp (50Kw) @ 6000 rpm
- Torque: 93Nm @ 3500–4500 rpm