1964 Lincoln Continental Popemobile limousine goes on auction
There have been car brands which bring with them, an elaborate history associated with celebrities and other famous figures. One of those brands is Mercedes, which has made special limousines for the Pope of Vatican, such that which we had earlier shown on our coverage of the tour of the Mercedes Benz Museum. Now looking back at history, Pope Paul VI had been carried around in a special edition car, that is the 1964 Lincoln Continental limousine made by Ford Motor Company, which is stated to go under the hammer at the Bonham’s Quail Lodge Auction.
The limousine in consideration was made famous simply for the passengers that it carried. Apart from Pope Paul VI visit to the United States in 1965, and the astronauts that were on board the Apollo 8 spacecraft which and became the first to reach the moon, were toured around the country in this special vehicle. For the pope, there were special arrangements to be made, including the ammunition glass at the top hood, papal chair, removable top for the Pope to address the crowd with the attached public address system, and the auxiliary power source from 7 batteries, apart from the 21 foot long chassis with the 160-inch massive wheelbase which made the dimensions of the vehicle like no other. Also was little is that the vehicle was prepared on a short notice of barely 2 weeks, by the Ford Motor Company on request by the Vatican which meant that workers had to work longer durations to come up with the special vehicle.
The car has changed hands over the years but currently rests with O’Quinn collection, which has invested a lot to keep the originalities of the vehicle in place, which still gives it the historical aura it is known for. The estimated price of the limousine is stated to be between $250,000-350,000 at the auction but could go higher considering the vintage luxury and history associated with it.