During Pope Francis’ first-ever visit to the United States last year, the Pontiff rode from Philadelphia to the White House in Washington, D.C. in a rather humble Fiat 500L. It was a headline-maker at the time, giving Fiat some much-needed exposure, but the Fiat later disappeared quietly.
Today during a press conference for the Philadelphia Auto Show, we learned the status of the Pope’s former Fiat. The vehicle will be auctioned at the show’s special Black Tie Tailgate gala, which will be held be held Friday, January 29 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Both in-person and remote bidding for the special 500L will be accepted, and all proceeds from the sale will benefit the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and other ministries. A second 500L the Pope rode in will also be on display at the Philadelphia Auto Show and may also be auctioned off during the Black Tie Tailgate.
“We are delighted to have Pope Francis’ Fiat 500L on display for the entirety of the Philadelphia Auto Show and we are excited to add this auction component to the Black Tie Tailgate,” said David Kelleher, Chairman of the Philadelphia Auto Show. “No other Auto Show in the U.S. has such a display and we are hopeful that this will drive even greater attendance in Philadelphia. An opportunity like this is truly once in a lifetime.”
No estimate as to the value of the 500L has been disclosed, however we’re willing to bet it’ll sell for a good deal more than the 500L’s MSRP of $19,345.