When we think of Pope Francis, the last thing that comes to mind is a 573-horsepower, top-of-the-line sports car but apparently his Holiness owns one hell of a ride – pardon our language, Pope.
A couple of years ago, a white 2017 Lamborghini Huracán RWD was donated to Pope Francis. This V-10 Italian beauty was produced by the Ad Personam, the company’s customization department, and is specially painted with white and yellow stripes, paying homage to the colors of the Vatican City flag. It also has diamond–finished 20-inch wheels and Bianco Leda Sportivo leather seats, complete with Lamborghini crests on the headrests. It’s definitely like something out of MTV Cribs but, given there aren’t a ton of roads in the Vatican to rip it up to its 198 mph limit – and that Pope Francis doesn’t enjoy owning flashy things – the vehicle has remained in storage since it was produced.
But now it can be yours – if the price is right, of course. Earlier this week, it was announced that the Lamborghini will be put up for auction by Sotheby’s on May 12 and awarded to the highest bidder. The best part is that all of the money raised for the vehicle will benefit several different charities that are near and dear to Pope Francis – 70 percent to the Iraqi city of Neneveh, which has been surrounded by ISIS; 10 percent to Amici per il Centrafrica Onlus; 10 percent to Groupe International Chirurgiens Amis de la Main; and 10 percent to Pope John XXIII Community Association, according to Hyperbeast.
And if you’re a humongous fan of the Pope’s, don’t worry, he’s even autographed the bonnet of the car. Plus, it will come with a Certificato di Origine, just so you can prove to all your friends that it’s real.
Sotheby’s believes that the vehicle will fetch somewhere in between $300,000 and $420,000 at the auction, which really isn’t a bad price, considering a standard 2017 model retails for just under $200,000 and this one has been kept in a safe place and contains just about no miles on it at all. It might not be the Pope-mobile but this ride is sure to be a religious experience for whoever might have the cash.