History Of The Mini Moke – Mokeamerica

History Of The Mini Moke

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Did you know that the Mini Moke was originally meant to be used by the British army? 

The name comes from "Mini," the car with which the Moke shares many parts, and "Moke," an archaic dialect term for donkey. The Mini Moke was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis for the British Motor Company (BMC). However, it proved to be impractical for the army due to its low clearance. Instead, the Mini Moke achieved success as a civilian car, most notably as a beach buggy in places like Australia, Hawaii and the Caribbean. It became popular with surfers and celebrities. 

For commercial consumption, the first Mokes were produced in 1964 in England. 14,518 Mokes were produced in the UK between 1964 and 1968, 26,000 in Australia between 1966 and 1981, and 10,000 in Portugal between 1980 and 1993 when production of the Moke ended. 

In 2017, Moke America brought the Mini Moke back and made it electric! Today, we are proud to continue the Mini Moke's heritage, 50 years later. 

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