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Yes, you read that right – the Mini Moke is back.
Now simply called ‘Moke’, it has been relaunched only in the UK (for now), as a limited run of 56 cars, marking 56 years since it first appeared on British roads.
It’s available to order now for £20,000 (plus taxes and delivery), and is available in 14 colours.
If this isn’t the feel-good classic-car news story 2020 needed, we’re not sure what is.
Of course, the original was a lightweight, Mini-based vehicle, designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, developed by BMC and prototyped for military use, but poor ground clearance and a lack of off-road prowess meant it was sold as low-cost, low-maintenance civilian transport.
Behind this new venture is Moke International, which acquired the Moke trademark in 2015. And while orders are only open right now in its home market, models for Europe and the US are planned for the future.
The new Mokes will be engineered and sub-assembled in the Midlands, final assembly taking place in Cerizay, France.
These 2020 Mokes retain the aesthetic charm of their forebears, but are a little larger, meaning there’s more cabin space, and power steering and a heated windscreen are both standard.
Power comes from a four-cylinder, fuel-injected, 1083cc unit, and its 66bhp and 69lb ft of torque gives the car a 68mph top speed and should return 34mpg.
Manual and automatic gearboxes are available, while the braking and suspension have been updated from the original model.
Details include a chrome grille and windscreen surround, Union Jack badging and a numbered plaque on the bonnet.
British buyers can now order the limited-edition Moke 56, or the regular Moke Classic, production of which will follow.
“Moke is an iconic British brand that has always evoked feelings of fun and freedom,” said Isobel Dando, CEO, Moke International Limited.
“We’re excited to relaunch the brand into a new era and introduce Moke to the next generation.”
Mark Truman, Engineering Lead, added: “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.”
Head online for full details.