A 1966 Chrysler LeBaron Crown Imperial; it’s not just an ordinary vehicle that has come up for grabs at the sales from Mecum at the Dallas Convention Center on September 5, along with a number of muscle cars. Rather, it’s respected Pope Paul VI’s vehicle which was gifted by Chrysler a year before the vehicle’s official release and also received the Apollo 11's returning astronauts as well as those from the near-disastrous Apollo 13 mission. Likely used by Pope’s staff, this vehicle was gifted to Pope Paul VI for his 14 hour visit to New York back in 1965, and has 18,836 miles on the clock. Also, we have earlier seen the sale of Ford Motor Company made 1964 Lincoln Continental Popemobile limousine for $220,000, which was adapted especially to transport Pope Paul VI during the same visit to address the United Nations General Assembly.
Featuring all the modern features the Bishop of Rome's entourage could require, including power seats, windows, brakes, steering, and Wonderbar radio, as well as meticulously crafted black leather interior, the vehicle has a pre-sale estimate of $30,000. However, the high-estimate price is on the conservative side, considering the power of the head of the Catholic Church to produce strong auction results.
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