Saturday, 25 July 2015

Mini Moke

This is another of the vehicles I photographed in the Pallot Museum in Jersey when we visited in 2013.
It's a Mini Moke from the late 1960s. As the name suggests it was designed to use parts from the Austin and Morris Mini cars, and one of the briefs was to produce a small jeep-like vehicle with 4 seats for the armed forces which could be dropped by parachute. The low ground clearance, however, meant that it was not suitable for off-road use and so the armed forces lost interest in the project. The car did become a cult vehicle though after appearing in television series such as The Avengers and The Prisoner. There is a club for enthusiasts of the Mini Moke - 'Moke', by the way, was on old British dialect name for a donkey.

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