The car, worth a mere or so were it not for its provenance, is up for sale in the United States, with auctioneers touting it as "the most extraordinary Ford Escort GL ever to be available to the public". After submitting the winning bid, Mr Rich hopped on a flight to Rome to meet the vendor. There was no set of fluffy dice dangling from the rear-view mirror, but the Pope threw in a string of rosary beads, and Mr Rich, 40, is now considering including them as part of the auction package - an extra that could add substantially to the sale price.
It's not every day that a dumpy Ford Escort GL crosses the dais at one of the world's finest auction houses. As the second-longest-serving pope in the modern era from until his death inPope John Paul II was one of the most iconic figures of the late 20th century. His influence helped bring down apartheid in South Africa and communism in Eastern Europe, and his extensive travels made him a global presence outside the Catholic Church.
The Ford Escort GL was one of the more humble family cars when it rolled off the production line in It has no hub caps or radio and was fitted with a 1. Your email address will not be published.
By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine. Well they claim this is the most famous Ford Escort of all time; owned by the Archbishop of Krakow — until his election as Pope John Paul in The "Eskie" was bought by Jim Rich who displayed it at his Chicago-area restaurant.
There have been two other Popes in the intervening years and demand is usually highest for the current leader of the church. Cars that the Pope actually used are far rarer, however that is no guarantee of value. The pontiff only hit 60, miles in this car during the six years he drove it, using it mainly for jaunts into the mountains.
Upon his elevation to the papacy, the Escort was put into storage at the Vatican and remained hidden away untilwhen it was auctioned to benefit Vatican charities. At that sale, the Escort was purchased by Jim Rich, in whose ownership it was displayed at his Chicago-area restaurant. Rich owned the car for nine years before selling it in to the late John M.
The car driven by Barack Obama for three years before he became the U. Its presidential credentials were not enough to shift the grey Chrysler C, with 19, miles totted up by the president during his time as a U. But lesser cars have gone for even greater after ownership by a world leader.
By BarryAugust 14, in General Discussions. You need to be a member in order to leave a comment. Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!