Pope Francis Fiat 500L Will Sold at Auction During the Philadelphia Auto Show

Posted by at 11:36 am on January 20, 2016

Pope Francis waves as he is driven away in a Fiat 500 model after arriving in the United States at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington in this September 22, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files

The small black Fiat 500L that carried Pope Francis through Philadelphia during his first visit to the United States will be auctioned next week, officials said on Wednesday.

The car, which the 79-year-old Pontiff chose as a symbol of his concern for the environment and desire to put aside some of the rich trappings long associated with his office, will be auctioned to the public at the Philadelphia Auto Show Black Tie Tailgate.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, they said. The car will then go on display during the Philadelphia Auto Show, officials said.

The Fiat was one of six used his visit to US that took him around Washington, New York and Philadelphia.

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