The Mini won its first international rally win in 1962. Pat Moss, the younger sister of F1 great Sterling Moss, steered the Mini Cooper into the winner’s circle. To celebrate Pat’s triumph 60 years later in the male-dominated sport, Mini announced a new Pat Moss Edition model for International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8.
The Mini will receive several visual upgrades that pay homage to the Moss and Tulip Rally that he and his co-pilot Ann Wisdom won. Front fender scuttles display information about the race, taking Pat and Ann from Denmark to French Rivera and back. Both covered the fastest 1,553 miles (2,500 kilometers) of the competition.
Mini will offer the Pat Moss Edition with a unique Multitone Roof as standard, although it will be available in a new color scheme transitioning from Chili Red to Melting Silver to Jet Black. Each roof will display a unique color pattern due to the painting process. Mini offers the special edition model in Pepper White or Midnight Black metallic colors, with red mirror caps regardless of the main exterior color.
Tulip motifs adorn the C-pillar, side scuttle and wheel hub covers, while horizontal white hood lines help display the winning 1962 Mini registration number – 737 ABL. Pat Moss’s signature also appears inside and out, along with the tulip motif used on the door sill plates and steering wheel spokes.
Mini will offer the Pat Moss Edition model in the US exclusively as a two-door John Cooper Works Hardtop model, arriving this August for the 2023 model year. The order book opens this month, and Mini will announce its pricing close to its launch date. The brand plans to build just 800 Pat Moss Edition models worldwide, with other markets getting special edition models as the two- or four-door Cooper S Hardtop, too.
When the Mini Cooper Pat Moss Edition model goes on sale in the US, it will come standard equipment offered in the JCW model with Iconic Trim, plus it will receive Mini parking assist and adaptive cruise control as standard. It will be available with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission.