Mini celebrates International Women’s Day with a new Pat Moss Edition package for the 2023 Mini Cooper. Moss was the first driver to win an international rally behind the wheel of a car bearing the Mini emblem when she took first place in 1962 in the Tulip Rally – from Noordwijk in the Netherlands to the French Riviera and back again.
“This special edition not only commemorates the launch of MINI’s extraordinary sporting career, but also marks a groundbreaking achievement for women in motorsport,” said Mini in its announcement. “Success in the Netherlands has made the classic Mini, Pat Moss and her co-driver Ann Wisdom enduring heroines in a discipline otherwise dominated by both significantly larger vehicles and male race teams.”
Moss was Stirling Moss’ sister; she died in 2008.
This looks pack includes the signature Pat Moss decals on the front bumper (where Moss originally signed the car after one of his rally wins) and dashboard, stylized tulips integrated into the side markers, sill plates, steering wheel and wheel center caps, a fender decal detailing the race track Tulip Rally and a decal on the hood commemorating the registration number of the original rally winner.
To the left of the steering wheel is another decal on the dash that at first looks like a stylized wooden fence, but it’s actually meant to look like pistons moving up and down, arranged to look like the letters “M” ” and “W” for “Moss” and “Wisdom.”
Globally, Mini will offer the Pat Moss Edition on the Cooper S Hardtop 2-door, a Cooper S Hardtop 4-door and a John Cooper Works Hardtop, but only the JCW is an option for US customers. Pricing will be available closer to launch, we’re told, but the Pat Moss Edition is limited to just 800 units worldwide and since it’s based on the existing Iconic rendition of the JCW, which starts at around $40,000, it will he is not cheap.