PHILADELPHIA – The Latest on an auction for a Fiat used by Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia (all times local):
The popemobile is staying local.
One of two Fiat 500L cars used by Pope Francis during his September trip to Philadelphia has been sold at auction for $82,000.
Michael and Kate Chapman, owners of Chapman Auto Group, secured the winning bid Friday night at a black-tie event kicking off the weekend’s Philadelphia Auto Show.
Chapman Auto Group has seven area locations.
An Archdiocese of Philadelphia spokesman said in a release that more than 19 people from across the country were bidding on the car. The auction lasted just 11 minutes.
The other Fiat will be displayed during the show and might be auctioned off later.
The Archdiocese says all auction proceeds will benefit charities and the archdiocese’s special education schools.
Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Company conducted the auction.
It’s not too late to be a holy roller: Pope Francis’ Philadelphia Fiat is still up for auction.
The black Fiat 500L is one of two used by Francis during his trip to the city in September. The live auction starts at 9 p.m. Friday at a black-tie event kicking off the weekend’s Philadelphia Auto Show. Bidders can also make offers online.
His other Italian economy car will be displayed during the show and might be auctioned off later.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia says all auction proceeds will benefit charities and the archdiocese’s special education schools.
About 20 students from the special education schools got a sneak peek of the auto show Friday afternoon and heard a story about the papal visit as they took a look at his car.