Marine

New take on the Mini Moke is fit for land and sea

According to Lazareth, the amphibious Moke can be registered as a dinghy
According to Lazareth, the amphibious Moke can be registered as a dinghy
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The 4WD vehicle is powered by a 400cc 4-valve engine
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The 4WD vehicle is powered by a 400cc 4-valve engine
According to Lazareth, the amphibious Moke can be registered as a dinghy
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According to Lazareth, the amphibious Moke can be registered as a dinghy
The amphibious Moke weighs a claimed 440 kg (970 lb)
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The amphibious Moke weighs a claimed 440 kg (970 lb)
Transitioning from land to water travel reportedly takes just a few seconds
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Transitioning from land to water travel reportedly takes just a few seconds
The vehicle has a top speed of 90 km/h (56 mph) on land
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The vehicle has a top speed of 90 km/h (56 mph) on land
The amphibious Moke has a top aquatic speed of 7 knots
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The amphibious Moke has a top aquatic speed of 7 knots

If you've been to the Caribbean or various other tropical vacation spots, then chances are you've seen a Mini Moke. Built from 1964 to 1993 in several parts of the world (and recently resurrected as an electric car), the diminutive open-top vehicle was made mainly from Mini parts, and is still popular for use as a beach buggy. Now, French vehicle-design company Lazareth is offering a Moke replica that's amphibious.

The 4WD vehicle is powered by a 400cc 4-valve engine, which takes it up to a top speed of 90 km/h (56 mph) on land. Drive it into the water, and its integrated propeller can take over from the wheels within a matter of seconds, delivering an aquatic top speed of 7 knots (13 km/h or 8 mph).

It has an aluminum body filled with closed-cell foam, which both allows it to float and keeps it from rusting.

Should you want one, you'll have to contact the company, as they're being made to order. If you're content to just gawk, the vehicle can be seen in all its amphibious glory, in the video below.

Source: Lazareth

Lazareth Amphibie (LM847's French car and bike design compagy)

6 comments
VincentWolf
Would be better if electric. Gas is so history.
riczero-b
Come fourth, Lazarus....
Tom Lee Mullins
It sounds really neat. Probably not cheap if it is made to order but still cool.
alan c
With a length of less than 8 feet, a width of 5 feet and shaped like a brick, I suggest there is no possibility of reaching 7 knots.
Jason Catterall
Cool, but that was more like one knot...
anobium
Take up thy bed and walk.