Dinky Toys; Austin Mini Moke
Eventually BMC gave up on the idea of selling the Moke to the military, and in 1963 the decision was made to build a civilian version, targeting farmers and light commercial applications. Several prototypes of this were built in 1963 one of which is still known to exist in Pinner just outside London, England. The Moke was launched onto the British market in 1964. The British Customs and Excise department decided that the Moke should be classified as a passenger car rather than as a commercial vehicle which meant that it attracted purchase tax, reducing sales in its intended commercial market.
The Moke attracted attention as a 'cult' vehicle as a result of the unprecedented success of the Mini and through media exposure in the popular television series The Prisoner and in the Traffic song "Berkshire Poppies." Despite this, of the 14,500 British Mokes sold, only about a tenth of them stayed in Britain. Mokes continued to be made in Britain until 1968.
Dinky made both civilian and military versions, the latter, known as Para Moke, came with its own working parachute. I wanted but never got one of these but many of my diecasts were launched skywards with an improvised parachute made of string and a hanky. They also made the one from The Prisoner TV series (seriously valuable now) and one belonging to a giraffe called Tiny. This was from an animated TV series called The Enchanted House where all the characters were animals.
Dinky Toys 106; Austin Mini Moke; The Prisoner
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