The Mini Moke returns to tell you about the advancements it's made

This iconic piece of art is still affordable and relevant today.

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In the '60s, there was a dire need for fuel-efficient cars as not all could keep up with the American fuel-juggling machines. Recession had hit starkly and people clearly had to resort to thrift to fulfill their plying. This is exactly when they splotted a machine built by Sir Alec Issigonis in the year 1964 which had its own hallmarks in the form of no doors, no roof, nothing. It was an ordinary but purposeful machine that could haul 5 passengers and consumed very little fuel. This came to be known as the Mini Moke, which purred in the people, motoring with contentment and buttressed the Mini cars to get highlighted following which, the brand got an astonishing response, not only in the European countries, but also in the American places which were known for their brawny cars.

In case you weren't living in those times or implore for an antique article to see it in your garage, here is the opportunity for you. The car has been brought back to life and the lucky 56 customers can lay their eyes and drive off in it inhaling the essence of quaint workmanship. In terms of structural revamps, the car gets an all-new chassis and MacPherson struts at the front for structural rigidity.

Where the car scores brownie points is in the equipment list which comes loaded to the gills. The novel feature inclusions are a 2-speaker USB radio, heated windscreen, a guage cluster with leash clocks and tachometer and sliding waterproof seats with built-in headrests. This means that living with the car is going to be a tad easier.

At the time Mini forayed into this esoteric segment with this car, it came powered by a puny 848 cc carburetor engine that produced a measly 34 hp and 60 Nm of torque. However, being alerted of how things have changed over these decades, they have ditched this engine and atoned it with a toothsome 1.1-litre mill that provides a more than adequate 67 hp and 93 Nm of torque; figures which are identical to a Suzuki Ignis in the UK and some other entry-level hatchbacks. The 4-speed manual gearbox says, "Sayonara" and consumers now get the convenience of a 4-speed auto 'box. As this one of its kind concoction sports seating of a golf kart, it has a front-wheel drive (FWD) layout which should do the job gracefully. The company claims a top whack of 68 mph (109 Km/h) and fuel-efficiency number of 34 mpg which is impressive. This figure could have been punctuated had it been an electric vehicle, but as it comes from the yesteryears, no point stressing on that.

What you might embrace whole-heartedly is the fact that you won't have to shell out a bomb in order to get it but just 20,000 GBP, which makes it on par with a basic car today. If you're interested in colours, you get 14 motley options to choose from and each example comes fitted with 13" Minilite alloy wheels, chrome rails for windscreen, a Union flag badge mounted on the front wing for those interested in numismatics and even a numbered plaque for the hood.

Did you know the company had also requested the armed forces to choose this as their excursion vehicle? However, the army expostulated by saying that it had a low ground clearance for rutted and steep terrains which is why we never saw it serving them. However, it has been a part of James Bond quartet films and garnered reputation as a gregarious city civilian vehicle.

Whether it can or will be put to a slew of other uses, only time can tell but how do you like it?

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