One-off painted in the colours of the Vatican City has been auctioned for charity - proceeds go to projects in Iraq, Africa and helping victims of trafficking

The Lamborghini Huracán created for Pope Francis has been sold at auction for around £630,000 - over four times the price of the base Huracán. 

Lamborghini created the one-off special edition of its Huracán supercar for Pope Francis last year. Rather than becoming his new popemobile, the car was always destined to be auctioned off for charity.

The Italian firm’s Ad Personam customisation department created the one-off Huracan rear-wheel drive 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 was auctioned at RM Sotheby’s Monte Carlo Grimaldi Forum. 

The proceeds raised by the auction are to 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.

14 May 2018

Can anyone imagine the pope being pulled over in a Huracan for careless or wreckless driving?

It looks smart but, without being religiously offending, only a catholic would buy it (especially with his signature on it).

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