The Fiat 500L Used by Pope Francis During Philadelphia Visit Is Up for Auction

The Fiat 500L used by Pope Francis during Philadelphia visit heads for auction 1 photo
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Back in September 2015, Pope Francis impressed the entire world when he started his U.S. trip aboard a Fiat 500L, showing everybody it’s all about being humble once again. Now, the Fiat 500L used by the Pope during his Philadelphia visit will be auctioned to the public.
The auction will take place at the annual Philadelphia Auto Show Black Tie Tailgate at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on January 29. Both in-person and remote bidding are accepted.

All the proceedings from the Black Tail Tailgate will be given to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the auction of the Pope’s Fiat 500L will benefit select ministries and missions of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, including the Catholic Charities Appeal, Mercy Hospice, Casa Del Carmen, The Schools of Special Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Ryan Academy for the Deaf, Saint Katherine Day School, and others.

The organizers have also announced that the second Fiat 500L used by Pope Francis in Philly will be on display to the general public for the duration of the Philadelphia Auto Show. The car may be auctioned as well.

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,” David Kelleher, Chairman of the Philadelphia Auto Show, commented.

Both cars were made available by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC for the Pope to use during his visit to the U.S.. The United States Secret Service (USSS) provided the Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN), and The Archdiocese of Philadelphia confirmed that the VINs on the vehicle match the VINs identified by the USSS.

I’m deeply grateful to FIAT Chrysler for its generosity in giving the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the two FIATS used by Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia on September 26-27, 2015. When we learned that these vehicles would be given to us, we wanted to find some way for the public to see them and answer Pope Francis’ calls to love and care for the poor,” said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
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