MOKE ‘EM IF YOU GET ‘EM

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

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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

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