4WD Internet Magazine
The world's premier 4WD magazine since 1995
Click here to return to the 4WD homepageIndex of 4WD vehicles and manufacturersThe Four Wheen Drive Picture Gallery4WDOnline.com ClassifiedsThe 4WD Online Clubs Database is a user-driven collection of clubs around the world4WD Online Links DatabaseHave your say on the Auto ForumsChat with others who have an interest in 4WDEnquiries and Contributions for 4WDonline.com

Mini Moke.

The Mini Moke was motoring at its most basic - a box-sided tray on wheels with a windscreen and the simplest of seats. In a warm climate it was great fun for taking down to the beach, a sort of four wheeled motorbike, but it was very draughty in the cold and wet with the "rag top" up and it did not offer much protection when mixing it with semi-trailers on the freeway.

Moke
The usual bodywork was a soft-top but if you wanted a minimalist delivery van the Mini Moke's tub made a good basis for one - as in this Post Office van. It is not in harness now and was on display at the Historic Commercial Vehicles Show.

The Moke was born in response to the British Army's search for air transportable vehicles. It was certainly light and compact, particularly with the windscreen down, but the front wheel drive, small wheels and low ground clearance cannot have given sufficient mobility, although experimental four wheel drive mokes were built - with two engines and transmissions, power at each end!

The big military orders fell through but the Moke went on to become a cult, a real classic car. If buying a Moke: Mechanical parts are shared with the Mini and are quite readily available. The body will probably suffer from rust because of the limited weather proofing, and the vehicle may have been used on or near the beach, but it is of simple slab-sided construction and easy to work on.

URL:/4WD.html

Go to the 4x4 Moke page

  • 1960, Austin investigate a light weight minimalist vehicle suitable for air transport for the British Army.
  • 1963, Mini Moke prototype built but the Army abandons interest.
  • 1964 August, civilian Mini Moke released, based on the front wheel drive Minicar with an 850cc engine transversely mounted.
  • 1966, Moke production transferred to Australia.
  • 1968, larger 13" wheels raise ground clearance to 8", 1100c engine fitted.
  • 1972, Californian Mokes produced with 1275cc motor for the US market.
  • 1981 November, Leyland Australia stops building Mokes but production is transferred to Portugal.
  • 1992, Moke production stops in Portugal. Tooling sold to Cagiva of Italy who build 1500 Mokes

Thanks to the Moke Owners Association for dates.



4WD Magazine
4WD Vehicles A-Z
4WD Gallery
4WD Conversions
Mechanical Info
Military Vehicles
Travelling Tales
4WD Toys & Models
History of 4WDs
4WD FAQ
Contact 4WDOnline


4WD Databases
Book Database
Gallery Database
Purchasing Database
Personal Homepage Database
Add | Modify


Automotive Sites
Hot Rods & Muscle Cars

Top border of the 4wdonline.com site