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 Post subject: The Prisoner at 50
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:35 pm 
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I know there are a few fellow Prisoner fans and anoraks on here...... :D

6 at 50
"It was 50 years ago, on 5 September 1966, that the cameras rolled for the first time in the Italianate village of Portmeirion as filming got under way for the cult 1960s adventure TV show The Prisoner.The programme starred actor Patrick McGoohan playing the part of Number Six who is held captive in a mysterious village where the residents are known only by a number. Each week, he would attempt to escape, only to find himself unable to break free from those who held him. But who were they? Why was he imprisoned? Which side were his captors on? And who was Number One?"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-37232329

One of the original Mini Mokes that featured in The Prisoner turned up in The Netherlands back in 2011 and was sold at auction for £13,750 in 2015:
http://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/196 ... -mini-moke

Prisoner Moke makes it to the market:
http://maximummini.blogspot.co.uk/2015/ ... arket.html

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 Post subject: Re: The Prisoner at 50
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:19 pm 
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Does anyone know who bought the Moke at the auction (Bargain of the year!)

I'm offering my first born in a deal, and at a push, I'll throw in his brother. :lol: (seriously though, This is probably the one car in the world I want more than any other)

I've been helping the chap who owns this: http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C595804 try to unravel it's possible links to the series. It APPEARS that Graham Nearn of Caterham, who is well known for supplying a replacement 7 for 'Fall out' in which he briefly appeared, ended up owning the original car used in the title sequence onto which he put transfered the famous 'KAR 120C' plate, but either didn't realise it was the car from the show, or didn't make any mention of it when he sold it.......

I'm skeptical about a lot of it, but a lot of the co-incidences tie up.

I'm not a Prisoner Anorak. More of piped blazer. 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: The Prisoner at 50
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:37 pm 
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A good friend of me claims to own James Bond's Moke featuring in Live and Let Die. He also has evidence to support his claim. That Moke is in very rough shape, much worse than this Prisoner Moke which was previously owned by a member of this forum.

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 Post subject: Re: The Prisoner at 50
PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:54 pm 
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Quote and photos below from the 'Six of One' website:
"Six of One is delighted to announce that the fully restored “Prisoner” Mini Moke, HLT 709C, will be at the next convention, after being purchased in auction and fully restored by two of our longstanding members.
http://www.sixofone-escape.co.uk/index.htm

The Mini Moke restored by Six of One members Phil Caunt & Jeremy Guy in Portmeirion 29 September.

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The vehicle can be seen in the photo below, taken from the “Prisoner” episode “Living in Harmony”.
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 Post subject: Re: The Prisoner at 50
PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:07 pm 
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Thats a great story and the perfect antidote to some of the other toxic 'restored' car stories we keep hearing about :) 8-) 8-) 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: The Prisoner at 50
PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:49 pm 
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still can't believe how little that made at auction. Gutted I couldn't buy it.

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 Post subject: Re: The Prisoner at 50
PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:15 am 
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Mini Moke from The Prisoner restored 50 years after starring in the TV series
A tall, grim-faced gentleman has found himself transported against his will from his London home in Buckingham Place to a brightly coloured realm where "local" appears to be the mantra - as in "'Oh, we're only the local service". The telephone exchange cannot connect him to the outside world and when he summons a taxi, an Austin Mini Moke can only transport him within the confines of "the Village". He subsequently steals one of these elaborately decorated cars to effect an escape, only to encounter a large and very irate beach ball named Rover...

These were the scenarios witnessed by countless startled television viewers when "Arrival", the first episode of The Prisoner, was transmitted on September 29, 1967. Fifty years later, that same Moke taxi has returned to Portmeirion to commemorate one of the few television series that can be fairly described as "iconic".

Taking part in the celebrations were several of the programme's stars and one of the highlights of the day was a school party, all seemingly engaged on a GCSE art project, reacting to Fenella Fielding's tannoy announcement that "Number Six has escaped". Their response described an arc from bemusement to mild terror - which was entirely in keeping with the spirit of Patrick McGoohan's masterpiece.

Several vehicles will forever be associated with The Prisoner, from the Princess 4-litre hearse of the opening credits to the Scammell Highwayman lorry of the final episode, but two cars have televisual legends.

The first is Number Six's personal transport - the Lotus Super Seven Series II that the character built "with my bare hands". McGoohan spurned the chance to drive an Elan on screen and most editions show him from behind the wheel of a factory demonstrator Seven. This car was subsequently sold to an Australian enthusiast and so a second Lotus was sourced from a private owner who lived near to the MGM-British studios at Borehamwood, while "Fall Out" featured a third Seven powered by a Ford 100E engine rather than a Cosworth-tuned 1.5-litre unit. One detail that truly dates KAR 120C is that it lacks direction indicators, but then our hero is not the sort of chap who believes in any form of decadent luxury.

And then there is the Moke, or rather four of them. Anyone watching The Prisoner gains the impression that Number Two had an endless fleet to assist his/her cunning plans, but this was due to the magic of editing. Just as the series combined location work with scenes shot in the studio, an overdubbed siren could turn a taxi into a police car or an ambulance.

The car that is now co-owned by Phil Caunt and Jeremy Guy was converted by Wood & Pickett in May of 1965, the year that the Moke's image underwent a sea change. The vehicle that British Motor Corporation originally intended as light utility transport for the military or for use by manly chaps to tour oil explorations or building sites was increasingly perceived as a "fun car". John Boorman used a customised Moke in the Dave Clark Five pop film Catch Us If You Can and by the mid-Sixties one of the cheapest four-wheel cars in Britain was increasingly favoured by dedicated followers of fashion.

When HLT 709C was converted, the plan was apparently for it to be offered as a regular option, retailing at just £664 9s 2d. The Moke featured in the coachbuilder's publicity, being photographed at the Hilton Hotel and other fine venues. One theory as to how it came to be cast in The Prisoner is that a member of the production company saw it in the capital and realised that it was ideal for their latest project.

Three other cars were subsequently built although, in Phil's words, "they are similar but not identical", with a detachable canopy, brightly striped PVC upholstery, mock-wood decorations plus a more upright windshield to reduce camera reflections. The fiendish authorities were evidently too parsimonious to specify the optional seat belts, second windscreen wiper, heater or windscreen washers, but the Caunt-Guy Moke does boast one very useful modification.

Unlike its three sister models, there is a 998cc Cooper engine under the bonnet, which is more than sufficient to cope with an escapee from the Village. Filming ended in 1967 and, although many memories of The Prisoner are lost to time, it is believed that HLT 709C appeared at the programme's press conference.

Today, just two of the Village's fleet survives - one that was restored by Phil in the Nineties now lives in the USA, plus the only British-based model. The latter was acquired at auction by Messrs Guy and Caunt in 2015 and according to Phil, "Nobody knows what had happened to it until it was found in a barn in Holland in 2011." It is possible that a former member of the crew had privately exported it during the mid-Seventies and, 20 years later, ''the condition can best be described as 'poor'; it was structurally unsound and a non-runner. At least it did retain its number plate, the Village motif on the bonnet and the candy-striped roof."

And so, Phil embarked on a mammoth restoration, possibly with the threat of an irate Rover and/or an even more irate Leo McKern serving as an extra incentive. He refers to the Moke's performance as "nippy" and when being transported through Portmeirion in a completely open car that is devoid of doors, one does indeed feel the sensation of speed.

Most importantly, to experience a car that has entered the lexicon of popular culture is beyond price.

KAR 120C was said to have been written off in an accident circa 1969, but rumour has it that the hearse now lives in France while the Mini Moke taxi looks primed and ready to reinforce the message of the Village - jollity with an iron fist.

Be seeing you...

Full Telegraph article with photos here:-
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/classic ... tv-series/


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 Post subject: Re: The Prisoner at 50
PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:32 am 
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I must say that the as found (looks very original), and the restored have different windscreens, the windscreen as mentioned in the text would probably make the original hood about a foot to short :?: :o Measure twice and cut once. :)


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 Post subject: Re: The Prisoner at 50
PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:11 pm 
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Same windscreen, just for filming it was angled forward to vertical using the top bolt as a pivot. Just needs 2 new holes in the side of the scuttle (it looks like the original one has been used as a mounting point for a mirror).

There's no doubt it doesn't look as good, and as you say, standard hoods don't fit.

As for the original Lotus being written off.... well, maybe one of them, and even then, maybe not ;)


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