he Mini has been the parent to an incredible number of ingenious offspring. None has a larger cult following than the Moke.
In Britain it was introduced as a baby Land Rover, but it was perceived differently in more sunny climes. The Moke wasn’t a baby Land Rover, it was a fun car. It had zip and chic, style and personality. The Moke was not about driving through mud and rounding up sheep, it was about sunshine and drinking Pimms under a setting sun. BMC wanted to sell it as a Barbour jacket and green wellies whereas it was really a blonde in a bikini.
European buyers saw the Moke for what it was, the most fun you can have on four wheels without being parked in a quiet lane.
The unique example here is the last one made by Austin Rover Group. It has a number of unique features and was bought by the head of Austin Rover’s Portuguese production facility, being used exclusively by his wife in Lisbon. Finished in a one-off color scheme and fitted with a commemorative plaque, it has covered a mere 30,000 km.