MOKE IMITATORS

The Moke was never sold as a kit car - it was always a complete factory-built car. The name ‘Moke’ is the registered (copyright) name of the model made between 1964 and 1993, initially by Austin/Morris, later by Leyland Australia, Rover Portugal and finally by Cagiva.

For the reasons outlined in 'The Moke', the ‘modular’ nature of the Mini - of which the Moke is a variant - made it a good base for kit-car manufacturers to use. The fact that the Moke shared the mechanicals of the Mini, and the fact that its simple, open body was fashionable and sought after, made the Moke a good car to imitate. Several kit-car manufacturers started to sell Moke imitations to people wishing to recycle their old Mini parts.

There followed a trend to use (and misuse) the name ‘Moke’ to describe all sorts of basic, open-topped, utility vehicles, particularly kit cars. This was rather like the use of the term ‘Beach Buggy’ to describe a variety of kit-cars based on the VW Beetle. But while ‘Beach Buggy’ is just a general term, ‘Moke’ is a specific model name, like ‘Fiesta’ or ‘Golf’.

These Moke imitators - which have become quite collectable in their own right - are quite easy to identify.

So if someone is trying to sell you a ‘Moke’ made of fibre-glass, it definitely isn’t a real Moke. But not all kit-cars are fibre glass, so the origin of steel cars should also be checked. Information on this website and from various expert sources will help, as there are always visible differences between a real Moke and an imitation.

By the way, we are not saying these kit-cars are bad - in fact many are quite collectable in themselves. But the value of a car is significantly affected by its authenticity.