The World's Cutest Little Beach Buggy is Heading Back to Market
Typically we, as a society, reserve the word "cute" for something the likes of a small animal or child. But a car? Well sure, cars can be cute. A prime example of that would be the Mini Moke—a (formerly) British dune buggy back on the market after a 22-year absence. Kicking off production in 1964, the Moke was originally designed for use in the dunes of British-owned colonies along the coast of Africa. Production took place in the UK, and eventually Portugal, Australia, and South Africa before going under in 1993. RELATED: The 1973 Volkswagen Thing Was the Original Dune Buggy
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Some new owners have bought up all the rights to the Jeep/Mini hybrid and will begin producing once again, this time in China, with headquarters in Australia. Under the hood is a punchy 50-horsepower 1.0-liter engine, and it comes with either an automatic or manual transmission (we’d choose the latter, of course). Not to mention it comes in a variety of fresh, fun colors.
As cute as it is, there is one catch. Yep, you guessed it: it won’t be available for sale in the U.S. For shame. But countries like Cuba, Panama, Costa Rica, and pretty much anywhere else with a beach will hopefully get an opportunity for distribution in the Moke International network.
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