1977 Leyland Mini Moke
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Designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, father of the Mini, the Moke originally entered production for the civilian market in 1964, with most of the British production earmarked for export. Essentially a stripped down, utilitarian version of the Mini, the original military design brief called for a car light enough to be dropped by parachute with the ability to cover difficult terrain. But the Moke's career as a military vehicle was curtailed thanks to its limitations off road. The Moke utilised a unique construction technique, comprising two box-section outer sections connected by a floorpan, with front and rear subframes onto which the suspension, brake and wheel assemblies were attached. Ultimately the Moke found favour in markets like Australia, where it was in production from 1966 until 1981. Changes made to suit local conditions included a wider track, bigger 13-inch wheels, longer rear trailing arms, new seats and locally made 1098cc engines from 1969 until 1976, when the introduction of strict new ADRs saw the Moke revert to the cleaner, imported 998cc unit with an air pump. An ideal beach runabout, the Moke is cheap to run, fantastically entertaining to drive and has plenty of room for surfboards in the back. More than 26,000 were made in Australia and many ended up being exported to clients as diverse as the Israeli Army, however the survival rate is poor and thus those left are in high demand today.