Holy Moly! You Can Buy Pope Francis’ Fiat 500L Hatchback
If it’s always been a dream of yours to drive a genuine “Popemobile,” consider June 25th to be your lucky day.
Next month, the 2015 Fiat 500L hatchback that Pope Francis rode around New York City in during his 2015 United States visit will go up for sale at Auction America’s Santa Monica event. And as one might expect, it won’t come cheaply. The auction house estimates a final sale price of between $75,000 and $100,000 for the pontiff’s special Fiat. As you may recall, Pope Francis made his very first trip to the United States in September 2015, and over the course of six days the pontiff met with President Obama, attended events, held services, and traveled from Washington, D.C., to New York City, and to Philadelphia. His choice of transport while on the move? A pair of Fiat 500L hatchbacks, which were donated by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
This rare Fiat 500L is confirmed by the United States Secret Service to be one of those two cars, and in stark contrast to previous papal vehicles (such as the historic G-Wagen Popemobile) it is an unarmored, everyday person’s car. There’s a reason Pope Francis has been called the “People’s Pope.” This Fiat 500L is said to have ferried Pope Francis around on his New York City leg of the trip, which included holding evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, participating in a service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, visiting Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem, touring through Central Park, and holding Mass at Madison Square Garden. While these amenities were likely never used by Pope Francis, the 500L hatchback does come equipped with Fiat Chrysler’s Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system as well as a Beats Audio sound system. A 160 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder provides get-up-and-go underneath the hood.
In the spirit of charity, all the proceeds from Pope Francis’ Fiat 500L auction will go to the Archdiocese of New York, and in turn be donated to the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Near East Welfare Association, and the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York.
Photo Credit: Getty Images 2015