1964 Morris Mini Moke  Chassis no. M-AV-1/621785 Engine no. 8ACUH184
Lot 349
1964 Morris Mini Moke
Registration no. 145 VFC Chassis no. M-AV-1/621785 Engine no. 8ACUH184
Sold for £11,730 (US$ 18,355) inc. premium

Lot Details
1964 Morris Mini Moke  Chassis no. M-AV-1/621785 Engine no. 8ACUH184 1964 Morris Mini Moke  Chassis no. M-AV-1/621785 Engine no. 8ACUH184 1964 Morris Mini Moke  Chassis no. M-AV-1/621785 Engine no. 8ACUH184 1964 Morris Mini Moke  Chassis no. M-AV-1/621785 Engine no. 8ACUH184 1964 Morris Mini Moke  Chassis no. M-AV-1/621785 Engine no. 8ACUH184 1964 Morris Mini Moke  Chassis no. M-AV-1/621785 Engine no. 8ACUH184 1964 Morris Mini Moke  Chassis no. M-AV-1/621785 Engine no. 8ACUH184 1964 Morris Mini Moke  Chassis no. M-AV-1/621785 Engine no. 8ACUH184 1964 Morris Mini Moke  Chassis no. M-AV-1/621785 Engine no. 8ACUH184 1964 Morris Mini Moke  Chassis no. M-AV-1/621785 Engine no. 8ACUH184
1964 Morris Mini Moke
Registration no. 145 VFC
Chassis no. M-AV-1/621785
Engine no. 8ACUH184

Footnotes

  • This Moke was one of the first produced (at Longbridge, where all UK Mokes were built) following the model's introduction in August 1964. The first owner was Morris Motors Limited of Cowley, Oxford. On 23rd August 1965 the vehicle was transferred to The Austin Motor Co Ltd, Longbridge, Birmingham. At the suggestion of Alec Issigonis, Alex Moulton (through Moulton Developments Ltd) acquired the Moke from BMC in January 1966 for the purposes of suspension research, and it was delivered to Bradford-on-Avon where work immediately commenced to fit Hydrolastic suspension. Subsequently it was used for several years as a test-bed for further Hydrolastic system development.

    In 1974 the Moke was taken off the road, remaining in storage until 1992 when it was reregistered with the DVLA with the original number, the latter now non-transferable. Between 1997 and 2004 the Moke saw periods of limited use around Bradford-on-Avon and on the Moulton Estate but following an MoT inspection in October 2004 that revealed repairs were needed, Alex decided to return it to storage at The Hall stables where it has remained. It should be noted that when the vehicle was reregistered in 1992 it was mistakenly designated as an 'Austin' when in actual fact it was built as a 'Morris'. The engine has not been modified to accept unleaded petrol.

    '145 VFC' comes with a file of supporting paperwork, documents and photographs including the original logbook; correspondence between Alex Moulton and BMC regarding its purchase; an inventory dated 14.01.1966 listing parts supplied by BMC for the Hydrolastic conversion; papers relating to the re-registration in 1992; sundry insurance, taxation and MoT certificates; and Swansea V5 registration document. Also included is a copy of a garage record card from E W Stone Ltd of Bradford-on-Avon listing works carried out between 1997 and 2004 when the last MoT expired.

    This is an extremely rare UK-specification Mini Moke dating from the first few weeks of production. The fitting of Hydrolastic suspension by the system's inventor makes this vehicle unique and, although it will require some restoration and re-commissioning, it is a very important piece of the historical jigsaw relating to BMC/BL/Rover Group's widespread use of Moulton's suspension systems.

    No reserve.
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