The 1964 Lincoln Continental “Popemobile” headed for auction

Not many may remember the 1965 Papal visit to the United Nations. In fact, many of us were not even born then. The motorcar used by Pope Paul VI during his visit to New York City is headed for auction. Bonhams has reported they will sell this motorcar during the Exceptional Motorcars and Motorcycles auction at Quail Lodge California on August 19th, 2011. The sleek limousine was a 1964 Lincoln Continental especially custom-made for the Pope’s visit. The limousine with a length of nearly 21 feet features amenities such as exterior step plates and handrails for security, interior seating for aides, extra interior lighting, a public address system, and a raised seat. It was also outfitted with an external transparent rear section and a removable roof, which allowed the Pope to interact with the public.

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As if this is not enough, the Lincoln Continental Limousine has earned a place in the history of being the car that transported well-known dignitaries through several parade routes. This vehicle has also had the honor of carrying the astronauts from various Apollo missions, including Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. It is estimated to fetch $250,000 – 350,000.

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