The reborn Moke has officially gone on sale in the UK, priced from £23,950 (AU$42,600).
Moke International – which acquired the 'Moke' trademark back in 2015 – last year unveiled its new iteration of the ragtop classic, and subsequently released 56 limited-edition examples. As of this week, a standard production variant is now on offer.
The new car gets a 1.1-litre four-cylinder engine, replacing the original Moke’s 850cc powertrain. This is paired with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission, and puts out a claimed 50kW/93Nm – that’s enough to reach 109km/h at the redline, according to the manufacturer.
Owners can choose from 14 paint options, and the car gets power steering, a two-speaker USB radio, heated windscreen, and a three-gauge instrument cluster as standard.
In 2020, a spokesperson for the manufacturer told CarAdvice: "We are very much looking forward to bringing the Moke back to Australia, and we are targeting middle of next year for market launch. We are actively seeking importer and dealer partners to really drive the success of the brand in a market we anticipate will be perfect for the car."
However, a timeline for local distribution is yet to be confirmed. This story will be updated when more information becomes available.
The original Moke design was unsuccessfully pitched to the British military as a cheap and lightweight alternative to the Land Rover in 1959. The blueprints were subsequently reworked for civilian use, and the car almost instantly became a cult classic.
Production began in Australia in 1966, and approximately 26,000 examples were built locally before the project wrapped up in 1981.
The ‘original’ Moke continued to be built under license in Portugal until the mid-1990s.