MOKE INVITES CUSTOMERS TO ‘GO COMMANDO’ WITH MILITARY-INSPIRED SPECIAL EDITION MOKE
- Special edition evokes MOKE’s original brief to designers to create military vehicle
- Car to make its global debut on Thursday 8th July 2021 at Goodwood Festival of Speed
- MOKE Military Edition available from today from Hendy Group dealerships
- Price of £26,450 includes UK VAT and registration costs
“The MOKE’s origins as a military vehicle created one of the best loved automotive icons and a symbol of fun and freedom from St Tropez to the Caribbean. Today we celebrate the remarkable origins of these very special cars with the introduction of the MOKE Military Collection. We look forward to inviting new and existing lovers of these very special cars to ‘go commando’!”
Isobel Dando, CEO, MOKE International
MOKE International is delighted to announce a special edition that returns one of the world’s best loved automotive icons to the foundations of its creation.
The military MOKE specification evokes the original brief to design legend Sir Alec Issigonis to create a vehicle robust enough to be thrown from an aeroplane for behind enemy-lines operations.
From these very functional origins, MOKE quickly captured the imagination of a glamorous global set from St Tropez to Malibu. The Beatles, the Beach Boys and even Brigitte Bardot were all enchanted by the car’s sense of open-top fun and freedom and it soon became the ultimate beach-house to water-front shuttle.
In 2020 MOKE International revived the brand and has since introduced new fun-seekers to the open-top thrill of the MOKE experience across the UK’s most popular coastal hot-spots. Now customers will be able to acquire three distinct evocations of the marque’s military origins. From today MOKE customers will be able to order Military Specification cars in Army Green, Air Force Blue and a striking Special Ops Black.
This edition comes as standard with colour matched wheels, tactical front light and military themed design features. A new visual treatment to the vehicle’s roll bars and canvas further evoke the utilitarian and tactical origins of the original design brief to Issigonis.
The MOKE Military Edition will make its global public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England on Thursday 8th July 2021 and will be on display throughout the weekend.
THE MOKE: MILITARY ORIGINS
Before he established his legend as the design of the Mini, Sir Alec Issigonis conceived several military vehicles, in particular during World War II. At the end of the 1950s when the British Army sought a suitable lightweight, air-transportable utility vehicle, a brief was sent to this most celebrated designer. His response was a vehicle codenamed “Buckboard”, built by the British Motor Corporation.
The vehicle was presented to the Queen’s troops in 1959. Though the first prototype was rejected due to its low ground clearance, the Royal Navy found suitable use on the decks of aircraft carriers – perhaps a fitting prelude to a later life spent lighting up some of the most beautiful and glamorous coastal resorts in the world.
The MOKE’s brand of personality, open-air thrills and utilitarian design soon found the favour of the 60s glamour set at leisure and remains to this day a globally recognised and loved automotive icon.
ENGINEERING AND PERFORMANCE
Today’s MOKEs remain true to the look and feel of the original, with a particular focus on maintaining the sense of fun and freedom that has endeared the car to so many for more than five decades. Updates include a new 4 cylinder, fuel injection engine, uprated suspension, braking and the option for either automatic transmission or manual for the more engaged driver.
The vehicle is also slightly larger to provide more cabin space. Features previously viewed as a luxury like power steering and heated windscreen now, of course, come as standard.
A MOKE is available to pick-up from today. On the road prices start at £26,450 (including VAT and registration).
Interested buyers should register their interest at https://mokeinternational.com/customise.
Transmission: 4-speed Automatic
Engine: 4 cylinder, 1083cc
Fuel Economy: 34 mpg
Emissions standard: Euro 4
Top Speed: 68mph
Power: 67hp (50Kw) @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 93Nm @ 3500–4500 rpm