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THE MUST-HAVE SUNNY DAY RIDE OF THE ’60S AND ’70S, MO CARS ARE HITTING THE ROAD IN THE HAMPTONS THIS SUMMER. BY JEFF DUFOUR
The must-have sunny-day ride of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Moke cars are hitting the road in the Hamptons this summer.
The Hamptons has a lot in common with St-tropez: the gorgeous beaches, the glamorous, celebrity-studded nightlife—and now, Brigitte Bardot’s favorite car.
If you weren’t expecting that last one, it’s understandable. A reborn version of that vehicle just landed on our shores for 2017. It’s called the Moke, and it’s already becoming something of a beach accessory this year.
Here are the five things you need to know about the Moke: The British originally intended it as a military vehicle. The thing was, they turned to Alec Issigonis, the father of the original Austin Mini, to design it. So before you could sing “Zou Bisou Bisou,” the beach-ready four-wheelers were popping up in St. Barth’s and St-tropez. Like a Jeep with a taste for frogs’ legs.
This time around, it’s all American. Todd Rome, the founder of Blue Star Jets, resurrected the brand, now available only in the US. American celebrities have already gotten in on the act; we hear Kris Jenner ordered a pink one.
And this time, it’s electric, too. The lithium or gel battery (your choice) charges from any standard household plug in six to 10 hours.
You can customize the hell out of it. Eight colors (even camouflage) are on the menu, as are three color choices for the removable tops and sides (not that you’ll ever want to put those back on). Tip: Splurge for the upgraded stereo with a USB port.
It’s not built for the interstate, as it tops out at 25 miles per hour. Perfect for getting you to those sand dunes... less perfect for darting through traffic on the LIE. mokeinterna