Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pope gets new ride

Holy Father receives new popemobiles

Pope Benedict XVI recently received two new popemobiles from Mercedes Benz. The German automaker gave the Holy Father a custom remake of the 500matic model.

L'Osservatore Romano describes the new popemobile's features and details the long history between Mercedes and the successors of Peter:
It was inaugurated in 1930 by Mercedes Benz which committed itself to providing the Pope with a car for his drives. The first one was delivered to Pius XI in 1930. It was a Nurburg 460 Pullman limousine. In the 1960s John XXIII was offered a 360 d Landaulet convertible, while Paul VI  first received a Mercedes 600 Pullman Landaulet and later a 300 SEL.
Read the full story here.

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