This is one of the races that cemented the original Mini’s greatness: The Monte Carlo Rally. In 1964 it was a giant killer in the hands of Patrick “Paddy” Hopkirk, a 30-year-old Northern Irish rally driver who skilfully drove through treacherous conditions to take the chequered flag.
The car Paddy was driving was sporting a #37, and Mini is now commemorating his achievement with the MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition as a Cooper S 3-door, Cooper S 5-door, or John Cooper Works.
All three are available in Chili Red offset with the white roof, and 17-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels in Track Spoke Black design or 18-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy forged wheels in Cross Spoke Jet Black matt design, just like the original rally car of 1964 (although at slightly larger sizes!).
The black theme continues throughout with the frame and horizontal brace of the radiator grille, inserts for the lower air intakes, the opening in the bonnet, the door handles, the fuel filler flap, the tailgate handle, the MINI logos at the front and rear as well as the surrounds for the headlights and rear lights.
And the #37, which you can’t miss on the side door but you might miss on the side indicator elements. There are stickers with the inscription “Paddy Hopkirk Monte Carlo” and a single white bonnet stripe on the driver’s side and other subtle details like the number and letter combination 33 EJB of the number plate of the 1964 Monte Carlo winning car shown on the bonnet strip using 3D effect graphics. Inside Hopkirk’s signature is found in the trim in front of the passenger.
Mini say the Paddy Hopkirk Edition is available in selected markets from October 2020. Given the Monte Carlo Rally is an all-European affair it’s doubtful it will make its way to Australia but it would be kind of cool to see it here.