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According to the know-it-alls (in a good way, naturally) at MotoringFile, America's second-smallest brand plans to debut a new R60 Countryman-based soft-roader called the Mini Moke at the Detroit Auto Show next month. What's more, if public reaction is favorable enough, the Moke could be in production by 2012.

Like the original model from Morris, we're told to expect an open top with a stripped-out interior, sort of like a less-rugged Jeep Wrangler. All-wheel drive will be included, and we'd expect the chassis to be jacked up a bit to enable a modicum of off-road ability. We're not entirely sure how a vehicle based on the Countryman could recall the ethos of the original, but we look forward to finding out.

[Source: MotoringFile.com | Image: FaceMePls - C.C. License 2.0]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The original Mini Moke was very popular in Australia, where they were thought up. We also make utes based of cars, which causes uncontrolled vomiting in some American readers from the comments to those too. ;)

      The Australian Army had a few of them for general duties and my dad use to bring one home occasionally. I remember it was the most fun car to be in. Being that close to the ground and with the wind and engine noise, you felt like you were speeding in a go cart, even if you were still a long way of the legal speed limit.

      A new generation Mini Moke will sell like hotcakes in Australia and I suspect in some other parts of the world too.

      In the US, a convoy of Kenworth trucks parked on the side of the road will be assigned to specifically take these cars out, making them incredibly unsafe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who came up with this idea?How many of the original mokes were sold?Couple thousand I bet.I have never seen one and I live near an original mini specialist and see lots of minis,countryman,the pickup thingy etc.Give it up BMW,the mini is a one hit wonder like the pt cruser and new beatle before it and these strange permutations won't sell.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wikipedia says 14,500 Mokes were produced in the UK between 1964 and 1968, 26,000 in Australia between 1966 and 1981, and 10,000 in Portugal between 1980 and 1993 when production of the Moke ended.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good car, but before, it was a bad company since Morris made the douchebag car ever: The Marina.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that original version looks like the kind of car that Coleman sporting goods would have built. A car with the body of a tent.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it could be a bare-basics MINI Cabrio with easily removable doors, fold-down windshield, and a hose-out interior, there might just be a market for it...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Isn't there some kind of federal safety regulations to preclude all that?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just threw up in my mouth.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay they sold 50,000 in 30 years of production? Excuse me but that doesn't sound like a roaring sucess.
      • 5 Years Ago


      At first I thought it was the redesigned Sebring convertable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^That made me lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      So a golf cart, a jeep, and a cooper mini had a three way, but the result was so revolting they threw it in the dust bin, where BMW found it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Moke sounds like an ethnic slur.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It does!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        'you freakin moke'
        • 5 Years Ago
        way to dig this up out of the past! ;)
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      This might make me consider buying another Mini, I hated my Mini S but this might be fun to build a little WRX fighter out of.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        The windows didn't fit right, the AC compressor spun a bearing, power steering pump went bad, the throwout bearing went bad, and to top it all off the dealership fought me the entire time about each repair. I didn't like that to stay in the narrow power band you were constantly shifting. I didn't like the clutch feel or the shifter feel. But it was really the dealer experience that made me sell the car after 9 months.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Say what???? How could you hate your Cooper S? Did you get a bad one that had problems or something? My Cooper S is still the most fun car I have ever driven including a couple of Ferraris, Bentleys and lots of other high dollar high horsepower cars. An Elise might be more fun to drive but I don't fit in an Elise.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Without a name change they're going to run into some issues moving that one in Hawaii...
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