The Fiat 500L that Pope Francis rode in during his 2015 visit to the United States was sold at a charity auction ahead of the Philadelphia Auto Show. The little black Fiat was used to shuffle the Pontiff around as he visited Washington, New York and Philadelphia during his stay in the country.
According to Automotive News, the auction for the Pope’s Fiat attracted 19 bidders and lasted 11-minutes. Michael and Kate Chapman of Chapman Auto Stores won the auction with a highest bid of $82,000 – all of which will benefit the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Bidders could place offers on the holy Fiat both in-person and online.
Pope Francis chose to ride in the modest Fiat during his stay last year due to the utilitarian nature of the car. The Pontiff has looked to dispel his office of the lavishness often associated with it, choosing to ride in affordable, pedestrian vehicles like the 500L, wearing simple holy vestments and choosing a silver Piscatory ring.