Austin Mini Moke (1966)

The Austin Mini Moke (British slang for “donkey”) began production in 1964. It was designed as a four-wheel-drive jeep-like utility vehicle for the British army.

The peculiar looking Mini Moke has gained a somewhat cult status among its followers. It was initially built at the Morris facilities in Oxford, England, but production soon moved to the British Motor Company (BMC) facilities in Birmingham. BMC was the result of the 1952 merger between Morris and Austin, and 15,000 Mini Mokes were produced there until 1969.

The car was branded under names like Austin Mini Moke, Morris Mini Moke, and Leyland Moke. They were built on a Mini sub frame and powered by a 890 cc transversely-mounted Mini engine/gearbox unit with front-wheel drive. The name Moke derives from an old Greek archaic dialect meaning donkey.