1966 Austin Mini

Gooding & Company goes online for Scottsdale 2021
Monday, 18 January - Friday, 22 January 2021
Sale Price
$20,000 - $30,000
Est. Range
22 January 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Unrestored original
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis no. AAB1L827174. Red over red and white. 848/34hp, 4-speed, steel wheels with hub caps, rear-mounted spare wheel with cover, BMC pushbutton radio, auxiliary horns, Paddy Hopkirk throttle pedal, owner's manual. A vintage Flying Dutchman bicycle is included with the sale.

Evaluation: Early UK-built Moke given to actor Ken Berry from Andy Griffith. Single family ownership since 1968. Unrestored and represented with 16,002 miles. Faded original paint and tired brightwork. The top looks a bit tattered and shows significant discoloration. Dull interior with paint chipping off the dash, worn switchgear, and pitting on the gauge bezel. Dirty but maintained and complete engine bay. Not necessarily neglected but not pampered, either. It’s a totally unrestored Moke in appropriately loud colors and has some Hollywood history.

Bottom Line: The Mini Moke may have been conceived as military vehicle, but lots of examples led lives as beach town cruisers, often done up in these kinds of bright colors. This charming but tired Moke had some last-minute high bid extensions, perhaps attracting the underbidders from the very expensive Meyers Manx that closed three lots earlier, but there was no frenzy for it and this is a realistic result given all the wear and tear.

by Andrew Newton
4 February 2021

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