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Old April 20th, 2012, 03:09 AM
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No Land Rover but Austin Rover Mini MOKE

Rare piece ! These are becoming increasingly rare in Europe.

Factory LHD, original Mini Moke, british made and fully restored a couple of years ago. Low original mileage, perfect interior, no rips or tears, brand new soft top with zip in doors.

Price $ 16,900


The drivetrain for these cars is identical to that of the Mini. The 1000cc four cylinder starts right up and settles into a smooth idle. Pulls nicely through the rev range and is surprisingly peppy due to its light weight (only 1200 pounds). There are no mechanical issues; no smoke, no leaks, no noises; and runs nicely on regular gas. The four speed manual transmission shifts perfectly and relaxed cruising of 55-60 with a top speed of 73 mph is quickly achieved. However, most enjoyment is in 35-45 mph puttering along. Brand new interior with high-back bucket seats for four adults and plenty of leg room for rear seat passengers. 100% street legal; everything works correctly; the lights, turn signals, wipers, heater; speedometer, all instruments, and the folding windshield & removable convertible top add to the fun factor. The heater and zip-in side curtains are nice when the evening turns cold and the locking storage bins add to security. Lots of fun to drive. Get ready for the summer ..... Please email me direct at info@riverhousemini.com
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Old April 20th, 2012, 06:46 AM
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That's the first mole with any kind of top I've ever seen.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 10:30 AM
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That thing is cool, i just found out about it the other day!

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Old April 20th, 2012, 11:54 AM
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one of my favorite fun cars. =)
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Old April 20th, 2012, 02:36 PM
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Looks like Tattoo's car from Fantasy Island... That would probably get more attention then a Defender at the gas station.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 07:01 AM
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Mokeing is not dangerous to your health. Love it!
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Old April 21st, 2012, 10:04 AM
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my former employer at arlington motorcars has one nearly identical to that... it is a 67, fun but I get butterflyes in my stomach when going down the road at 30 mph with out seat belts and no doors...
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Old April 21st, 2012, 04:13 PM
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Thanks for all your kind words. I know the feeling ... you certain get butterflies in your stomach when going down hill in a 1.3 fuel injected Moke with a Supercharger from the latest BMW Works Mini Cooper bolted on top. We have carried out many conversions, also build one with a Honda V Tec type R engine, doing 120 MPH !!!!

I have been restoring Minis and Mokes for the last 15 years. It is only for the past 5 years we are doing Defenders as well. We sell about 10 restored Mokes per year, shipping them to Hawaii, Florida, St Barts, Spain, Mallorca, Ibiza and as well as Thailand. Finding a suitable donor is getting increasingly difficult.

I currently have 2 more Mokes in stock, the Midnight Blue one enclosed has just been completed, build with all new suspension, powdercoated frames, new trim, new soft top and build using a brand new shell. Price for the dark blue Moke, $ 22,900

MOKE History :

The first production Mokes were assembled in 1964, at Longbridge Birmingham. From 1964 till 1968 there was a production of 14.518, and only 10% stayed in England. Depending on the dealer were you bought from, you got an Austin- or Morris Moke. Total production of these models was 9.096 Austin and 5.422 Morris Mokes.
The Mokes came in one colour only (Spruce Green) and just a driver’s seat and 1 wind-screen wiper, the rest was optional. It had an 845cc engine and 10inch wheels, called “little wheeler”.


In 1966 BMC also opened a factory in Sydney (Australia) to produce the Mokes. The total production moved in October 1968 to Sydney.
Here they came up with major changes in function of the local circumstances. First an 998cc engine followed by a 1100cc and later the 1275cc. The body was strengthened and better seats were placed in. Other changes were the brakes, wiring the exhaust and they were fitted with 13inch wheels to give better ground clearance. These “Californian Mokes” got many recreational interests, and soon even a pickup model was launched, all fitted whit denim hood, floor mats and bull-bars.

Production in Sydney was ceased in 1982 and Peugeot took over the plant.
In 1983 Leyland started production in Portugal, too fulfil the needs of more orders. These Mokes were made on the base of the Australian models, fitted with a standard roll-cage.
Problems soon began to appear in the factory, so Jim Lambert was sent to Portugal to sort everything out. He started a new factory and in 1986 this developed into the New Moke, with a return to more standard Mini parts to reduce the costs. The Mini Moke was reborn, with a 998cc engine, 12inch wheels, side-screens and a luxurious interior.
In 1989 Austin-Rover stops production and the rights for production are bought by Cagiva (Italy). They almost produce the identical models, even in the same factory, changes now were refinements on seats and hood. And for the first time in Mini production the radiator was fitted in front of the engine (behind the grill). Options available included new rounded bull- bars, Minilite wheels, metallic paint and tinted windscreens.
Overproduction in 1992 let to the halting of manufacturing in the early 1993 and the closure of the factory in Portugal, with parts and tools being transferred to Italy.
And so the story of a great one ends.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 08:03 PM
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 09:34 AM
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Old April 25th, 2012, 02:52 AM
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Surprisingly enough , this Moke yet more attention on the D90 board than my thread about our latest Fire and Ice Edition rebuild based on a 1986 LHD Defender with forward facing jump seats.

Anybody can tell me why ? Is it the colour you don't like ? I thought white was the most popular colour in the States ...
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Old April 25th, 2012, 11:08 AM
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Surprisingly enough , this Moke yet more attention on the D90 board than my thread about our latest Fire and Ice Edition rebuild based on a 1986 LHD Defender with forward facing jump seats.

Anybody can tell me why ? Is it the colour you don't like ? I thought white was the most popular colour in the States ...
It might be a little bling for this crowd and most of us already have defenders, but not mokes (one of the local club members has one and it is really cool).

It does look like a really nice build.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 11:10 AM
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There's a Wheeler Dealers episode out there on the Mini Moke.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 06:34 PM
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If the Fire and Ice is too much bling, this new creation ( 1985 frame, 1985 body with lift up door handles and ribbed roof, tdi , 5 speed manual, 2011 SE trim set, SVX grill + lights) I just build will probably be too much as well....??
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Old April 25th, 2012, 06:36 PM
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Ohhh, by the way, the Red Moke was sold today, going to a very happy owner .... more will follow..

We might try and build a 4 x 4 Moke this summer
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