A Diablo would have been even more appropriate for the Pontiff's signature.
Pope Francis has signed a unique rear-wheel drive Lamborghini Huracán for an upcoming charity auction by RM Sotheby's on May 12, 2018. The sale will benefit groups like Aid to the Church in Need, the Pope John XXIII Community, hand surgeon Dr. Marco Lanzetta’s GICAM, and Friends of Central Africa.
Lambo’s Ad Personam customization division gives the special Huracán a unique paintjob that references the Vatican City flag. It features a Bianco Monocerus white body with Giallo Tiberino goldish yellow stripes running over the center of the supercar and around its windows. The Pope’s signature appears on the driver’s side of the hood near the windshield. While the tweaks do nothing to improve the vehicle's performance, the color scheme is handsome, and the Pontiff's autograph would be quite a conversation starter.
Lamborghini gifted the unique Huracán to the Pope. Company chairman Stefano Domenicali and other top company representatives were on hand to present the vehicle to the Pontiff.
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The Huracán doesn't fit Pope Francis' austere style very well. For a time, the Pontiff's personal vehicle was a 1984 Renault 4 with 190,000 miles (305,775 kilometers) that was a gift from a priest in Verona, Italy. He also used a Fiat 500L as transport during a trip to the United States. In 2017, the Pope upgraded to an Opel Ampera-e, which was a present from the automaker. The switch to an EV was part of Vatican City’s goal to be CO2-production free.
Gifting things to the Pope for him to sell to charity isn't uncommon, though. For example, Bonham's sold a Harley-Davidson Super Dyna Glide for $327,000 in 2014. In addition, Ferrari gave the final Enzo to the Pontiff.
Gallery: Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 Signed By The Pope
Automobili Lamborghini has produced a unique and special specimen of Huracán RWD that it donated to His Holiness Pope Francis in the presence of the Company’s top executives.
The car will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s on 12 May 2018, with the proceeds delivered directly to the Holy Father, who decided to allocate them to the Pontifical Foundation “Aiuto alla Chiesa che Soffre” (Aid to the Church in Need), the Pope John XXIII Community, GICAM headed by Dr. Marco Lanzetta (hand surgeon) and “Amici per il Centrafrica” (Friends of Central Africa).
The Lamborghini Huracán RWD donated to the Pope was produced by Ad Personam, the Company’s customization department. It is painted Bianco Monocerus (white) with Giallo Tiberino (yellow) stripes that run along the body in homage to the colors of the flag of Vatican City.
The ceremony of presentation to Pope Francis was held in the Vatican, attended by Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. Also present were a delegation of the Company’s Management Board and two of the technicians who worked on building the car.