From Mercedes to Lamborghini: the Pope's super cars throughout history

The collection of cars of the Supreme Pontiff is not limited to the "papamobiles" of his official trips. We review the vehicles that have passed through the hands and blessings of the Holy See.

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The last of these has been a Lamborghini Huracan, a beast of more than 600 horsepower given by the Italian manufacturer to Pope Francisco at the end of last year. The austerity of a Jesuit like Bergoglio prevents him from using the vehicle as a means of transport, so the hurricane will be auctioned next May 12 in Monaco, with two extra items much coveted by collectors: the signature and the blessing of the Saint Father.
The funds obtained from the auction will be used in various Vatican social works, and are expected to multiply by far the 180,000 euros of the initial sale price of the car.
It would not be the first time something like this happens. Already in 2013, with Francisco recently elected Pope, Willie Davidson, grandson of one of the founders of Harley-Davidson, gave the pontiff a Harley Dyna Super Glide that reached 275,000 euros at an auction in Paris thanks to a simple "Francesco" autographed in the gas tank of the motorcycle.
But since Pope Pius XI left the Vatican in 1929 in a motor vehicle, almost 90 years of potatoes have been installed in classic, luxurious, austere, armored and even second-hand cars.
 

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The day that Pope Francis was given a Harley-Davidson.
In 1988 John Paul II visited the facilities of Ferrari in Maranello and could not resist to give his return of blessings uploaded to a convertible cavallino rampante. In 2005, the modenese house gave the Supreme Pontiff the last of the Ferrari Enzo. The brand only put into circulation 399 of those vehicles bearing the name of the founder, and the number 400 was made thinking directly in the Vatican, perhaps as amends for those decades in which Enzo Anselmo Ferrari and the Holy See were at odds. That single car was auctioned for a million euros that year and in 2015 it was auctioned again (with only 179 kilometers on the counter), reaching this time the figure of 6 million euros.

 

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In this situation, a Lamborghini like the one that Francisco received last November does not fulfill either the austerity policy or the ecological policy of the Holy See. Even so, the Pope was enthusiastic about the latest acquisition of four wheels of the Vatican: the benefits of the auction, which is expected to reach 360,000 euros, will go, among other associations, to the city of Nineveh, Iraqi population present in the Bible and besieged by ISIS.
Meanwhile, the question is in the air: what next vehicle will surprise Pope Francis on his next official trip?
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