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December 13th, 2019

The Moke story is an interesting one in itself, for which we have an article if you wish to delve a bit deeper.

George Alfred Durgom was a superstar in his own right. His early years as a band boy with Glenn Miller during the 1930 earned him the nickname “Bullets” for his foot speed brought him exposure to the entertainment industry and also with musicians and bands of the era. Opportunistic and full of talent, Durgom quickly jumped wagon to start managing bands and musicians, eventually becoming one of the most successful personal managers of the 20th century. His list of clients included greats like Dick Haymes, Andy Russell, Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers, Connie Haines, Bobby Troup, Merv Griffin, Jackie Gleason, Mort Sahl while also having close friendships with clients like Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.

This here is the very 1967 Mini Moke that George “Bullets” Durgom purchased ordered alongside another similar example. This one was for him, while the other was for his friend Frank Sinatra while he was in London during 1966. According to the purchase order, which accompanies the car, it was a standard left-hand-drive variant powered by the low-compression engine mated to a floor-shift transmission. It was to be finished in Old English White with Spruce Green trim and a Green top, further fitted with a laminated windscreen, front passenger seat with grab handle, two rear passenger seats with grab handle, and a sump guard. A late Mark I example, Durgom was obviously able to pull some strings to have the car finished in white.

George Durgom owned his Mini Moke for over two decades at his California residence. During that time, he re-styled the car with the red-and-white-striped seats and top. The design was similar to the famous Mini Moke taxi from the well-known British TV show The Prisoner. Despite George’s passing in 1992, the 1967 Mini Moke remained in possession of the family, passing on to his brother, who later passed it on to his daughter. She enjoyed the Mini for a few years before eventually selling it, ending an over four-decade-long family ownership. With 11,941 miles on the odo, George “Bullets” Durgom’s 1967 Mini Moke is heading for sale at the RM Sotheby’s online sale staged between December 11-19, 2019. Photos: Theodore W. Pieper for RM Sotheby’s.

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