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1980 Leyland Moke
This 1980 Leyland Moke wears a striking blue colour and has been overhauled with a host of new parts and spares. Under the bonnet is the larger naturally-aspirated 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine which sends power to the front wheels. This powertrain is mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The odometer of this Moke currently displays 89,536km.
The Mini Moke traces its history back to the original Mini Cooper but where the latter focuses on on-road practical transport, the Moke was destined – at least initially – for the military. While the Moke’s off-road intentions ultimately didn’t pan out due to its small diameter wheels and low ground clearance, the Moke’s design instead found favour with civilian applications. The Moke was especially popular among beach-going crowds, with the car’s open-air cabin and practical space making for an entertaining beach buggy. Also important to its success was its mechanical simplicity, door-less design, and lack of roof which meant you could simply get in and go. Like the original Mini, the Moke was manufactured in Australia and exported to a variety of markets worldwide before production ended in 1993.
Finished in blue on the exterior and upholstered inside with black vinyl, this Moke also stocks a black fabric top. The exterior is adorned by novelty badging and the car specifies a 1275cc S motor. It’s also fitted with bucket seats, a SAAS woodgrain steering wheel, seat belts and easily-cleaned rubber floor mats. Fitted to this car is a set of aftermarket Ultralite 13-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Yokohama tyres.
This Mini Moke was built in February 1980 at Leyland’s Australian plant and delivered new later that year. The current owner purchased the vehicle in April 2020 after it had recently been repainted from its original colour to blue. Since his purchase, the seller has rectified wipers, tail lights, front brakes, CV joints and new front suspension componentry, and a new steering rack. Many of these parts were bought from Mini Spares in Adelaide. The twin SU carburettors were professionally refurbished and tuned, too. The front brakes have been upgraded by the current owner to disks while the rear remain drums. Oil changes were serviced by the owner himself but tuning was done by Southern Performance on the Gold Coast.
Considering its recent repaint this Moke’s exterior condition shows in excellent order. The blue paintwork glosses nicely in the sun and no observable points of damage or scratching are found. Some minor tarnishing is found at the base of the white roll bars, though the remainder of the bar is in nice painted condition. Likewise, the cloth rooftop shows in good order without obvious tear or damage. The four alloy wheels show some scuffing around rim though the tyres have a good amount of tread.
The Moke’s utilitarian cabin displays in good condition overall. Seats retain a good shape and show no wear and tear, and the blue-painted tub appears in good order overall. Some signs of deterioration are seen on the instrumentation, though nothing out of the ordinary for this car’s age. In place of rear seats this Moke stocks a lockable tool box on its rear shelf.
To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in Queensland until 29/6/22 and there are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number.
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