If you’re looking for a used car, we’ve got one for you. It’s a Fiat that Pope Francis rode around in during his recent visit to America. And it could be yours, if as they say, the price is right.
Specifically, we’re talking about one of two black Fiat 500Ls used to shuttle the Pope and his entourage around the City of Brotherly Love. It will go up for auction this weekend at the Black Tie Tailgate charity event leading up to the Philadelphia Auto Show on Saturday, January 29th.
The second Fiat used during the Pontiff’s trip will be displayed at the auto show from January 30th to February 7th and may also be auctioned.
Fiat provided the United States Secret Service with several of the cars to use during the Pontiff’s visit to Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York last year. The automaker then donated them to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
The auction of will be conducted by the Maxx Spann Real Estate and Auction Company and if you can’t be there in person, no worries. You can also place your bid online. Proceeds will be distributed among several charities supported by the archdiocese.
Pope Francis has made it a point to use mainstream cars for transportation, rather than the luxury vehicles often previously associated with the papacy. For two years running, Consumer Reports has named the 500L the least reliable car you can buy, but it didn’t break down while it was in the service of the Vatican.
If you miss out on the auction, the sticker price for a new Fiat 500 is $20,325.