Pope Francis visited the United States, specifically New York, in September of last year. While the popemobile was his main mode of transportation, his second ride, the one he rode in while not in the popemobile, just sold for $300,000. That’s a pretty large chunk of change for the black FIAT 500 Lounge.
An auction for Pope Francis’s FIAT 500 began on March 17th with a bid of $10,500. From there, the price skyrocketed day after day. Charitybuzz, the auction website, valued the FIAT 500 Lounge with a fixed glass roof and premium seats at around $82,000. For comparison, the base FIAT 500 Lounge runs in at just under $25,000.
The eventual buyer was Miles Nadal, owners of over 130 cars and motorcycles. Proceeds from the sale will head to Catholic schools and charities in New York, Catholic Relief Services, and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.
The FIAT 500 Lounge was just one of two cars the pope rode in during his visit. The second car will be used to raise money for charity as well. Charitybuzz hasn’t made any announcements concerning the second car just yet.
It’s cool to see that another world leader prefers riding in style!