There's a new way to get around town, and it's more fun and stylish than anything we could have dreamt of. Last year the auto manufacturer, British Motor Corporation, introduced its iconic open-aire beach cruiser to the US market for the first time, and Palm Beach Social Diary had the pleasure of giving it a spin around town for a weekend. The MOKE is a 20th-century version of a collectible car that has been reinvented for modern use, complete with 21st-century green-friendly electric power. This adorable beach cruiser is quickly becoming a symbol of fun in the sun, and the new electric version is only available in the US.
The MOKE, which was originally invented for the use of the British army in the late 1950s, quickly became a cultural touch point with celebrities like Brigitte Bardot, Princess Margaret, Emperor Rosko and the Beach Boys went crazy for their fun style. Created by Alec Issigonis, the father of the original Austin Mini design, the concept for the Moke was such that it could be combat ready and open-air. The idea was for a car to be parachuted from the skies. Today, however, it is used more as a fashionable joy ride vehicle complete with more legroom, expanded trunk space, and an amazing bluetooth ready sound system.
This is the first time the MOKE has been available in the US - and we couldn't me more thrilled about it! Using all American parts, everything from the the glass, to the seat belts, tires and even the batteries are made here in the US. The easy-to-drive, street legal beach cruiser is fully electric and charges quickly just by plugging it into the wall! It gets up to 25 miles per hour, has lights for twilight and evening cruise driving, and even a detachable Bimini top with sidings, making it the ideal way to cruise around Palm Beach. This instant classic car is truly one-of-a-kind. With zero emissions, a full recharge in just eight hours, and a 40 miles range, you’ll be the talk of the town.
While there aren't many dealers here in the states yet, we do have one right here in Palm Beach! Palm Beach Garage is the only MOKE dealer in all of Palm Beach County, and one of the few in the country. Stop by any time and ask for Jason to test drive the adorable MOKE. This amazingly fun and versatile car is offered in a range of fun colors and customizable options. Tell them Palm Beach Social Diary sent you. We hope you have as much fun driving the MOKE as we did!