One-off painted in the colours of the Vatican City will be auctioned for charity
James Attwood, digital editor
15 November 2017

Lamborghini has created a one-off special edition of its Huracán supercar for Pope Francis. But the leader of the Catholic Church won’t be trading in his popemobile: it will be auctioned off for charity.

The Italian firm’s Ad Personam customisation department created the one-off Huracan in homage to the Vatican, with a special livery based on the city state’s flag. The car is painted in Bianco Monocerus, with a Giallo Tiberino decoration.

The Huracán was presented to Pope Francis by Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali at the Vatican. The pope blessed and signed the car, which will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s in May next year. 

The proceeds raised by the auction will be donated to the Pope, who will divide the cash between three causes: aiding the Christian community in Iraq’s Nineveh Plain; the Pope John XXIII Community that aids the victims of trafficking and abuse; and Italian associations that aid women and children in Africa.

Despite being given the Lamborghini, Pope Francis is thought to prefer somewhat more humble cars. He preferred to use public transport when he was a cardinal, but has driven a 1984 Renault 4 he was previous given around the Vatican. He has also used a Ford Focus from the Vatican car pool to make trips inside Italy. On visits to the USA in 2015 he used a Fiat 500L and Jeep Wrangler as transport.

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15 November 2017

I was expecting a glass box on the back.   Isn't that typical of a Pope Mobile?

 

16 November 2017

you understood Italy.

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