1965 Morris Mini Moke “Pavesi” For Sale in London ( LHD )
- Ultra-special one-off by ‘Pavesi Bros of Millan’
- Award winning at the Concorso d’Eleganza di Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Super chic
- Low mileage
- Beautifully presented complete with water skis and original picnic set
The brainchild of Sir Alec Issigonis and John Sheppard, the name comes from “Mini”, the car with which the Moke shares many parts, and “Moke”, an archaic dialect term for “donkey”. The design for the Mini Moke was conceived concurrently with the ADO15 Mini project. It was apparent to Alec Issigonis that the compact, self-contained, transverse front engine/transmission unit with Moulton suspension would be suitable for specialist uses. In the late 1950s, the British Army was looking for a small, lightweight, air portable, economical and cheap runabout. It had to be capable of being air portable, lifted by helicopter, dropped by parachute, being packed flat and able to carry four men with light arms or demolition equipment at up to 60mph. It also had to be small and light enough to be manhandled over difficult terrain. The air portability was a key consideration and the Moke was designed so it could be stacked three-deep in a Beverley transport plane.
With no interest from the military, in 1963 BMC decided to develop a version of the Moke for the civilian market using the original 80-inch wheelbase version. Based on the standard Mini wheelbase and utilized pressed steel unitary construction bodywork, an open type body with a vinyl treated fabric tilt cover supported by a detachable folding frame providing weather protection. The simplicity of design and rugged construction led to a perception of the vehicle having an indestructible character. Only 18 inches of the vehicle was taken up by the transverse 848cc engine.
Production began in January 1964 using a slightly detuned version of the standard 850 A series engine used in the standard Mini with mechanical parts including subframes, suspension, steering, and brakes were taken from the Mini. The first production Mini Mokes consisted of a batch of ten Austin models produced at BMC’s Longbridge factory in Birmingham on 30th January 1964 and destined for Papua and Singapore. The second batch wasn’t built until 25th June and the first Morris wasn’t built until 1st July. Production of the Mini Moke continued at Longbridge until late October 1968.
Our beautiful, one-off, Pavesi Mini Moke is finished in Cappuccino coachwork with Havana Brown leather and velvet trim, vinyl roof, and matching bull bars.
Chassis number M-AB1 L/813289 is one of the early Morris Mini Mokes delivered in LHD. Supplied new via Bepi Koelliker of Milano, who was at the time one of most famous Italian car dealers of English cars since 1930. The car was originally a standard Morris Mini Moke painted spruce green. Bought new by Mr. Giovanni Fabbri for a surprise 18th birthday for his daughter Ms. Stellina Fabbri. The car was modified to be a special one-off.
Pavesi Bros of Milano were commissioned to undertake the transformation (they are considered the Italian equivalent of Harold Radford, Coachbuilders of London for the quality and attention to detail applied). The work was carried out to the highest standard by Mr. Sirtori who was the best craftsman at the Pavesi Company. No expense was spared in customisation which came to a cost at the time of 1 million Lire, a truly astonishing figure when one considers that the average house price in Rome was 5 million Lire. The brief was the car had to be suitable for summertime in Portofino and Cortina d’Ampezzo, where the Fabbri family spent their holidays. The works included a complete re-painte in special order Cappuccino coachwork with Havana Brown 100 line velvet/ leather seats, matching Wilton carpets piped with leather, 10” Polished alloy road wheels, custom-made Burr Walnut dashboard, fog lamps, Coconut over carpets, full Havana Brown bull-bars, twin latches for water skis and a custom-made picnic set.
Ready and waiting for its next lucky custodian. Here is the chance to own one of the cutest and most chic small cars ever built and surely the coolest Mini Moke out there.
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