The Pope’s Lamborghini Raised $861,000 for Charity

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It’s not unusual for supercars to sell for outrageous sums of money at auction. The rarity of the vehicle and its prior ownership have a lot to do with how high the price rises along with the vagaries of what happens to be popular at the moment. What is unusual is for the supercar in question to be one that belonged to His Holiness Pope Francis.

Lamborghini gave a limited-edition Huracan to the Pope last year and it should come as no surprise that he decided to auction it off for charity. The white and gold Huracan was specially customized for His Holiness.

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It’s an homage to the flag of Vatican City with Bianco Monocerus white paint and Giallo Tiberino gold stripes running along its sides and windows. The same gold runs down the center of the Huracan and along the rear spoiler. It was also signed and blessed by the Pope.

Underneath the special paint job is a 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces 573 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. It goes 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 198 mph. Try to imagine the mild-mannered Pope sitting behind the wheel of this thing letting loose on the track. That would have been a sight, but the Pope had other ideas.

A supercar doesn’t exactly work with the Pope’s image, but selling the car for charity works perfectly. It was just sold at an RM Sotheby auction in Monte Carlo for €715,000 or about $861,000.

The money from the sale will go to several charities chosen by the Pope including the city of Nineveh, Iraq, which was heavily attacked by ISIS and is in desperate need of help. Funds will go towards rebuilding homes, public buildings, and places of worship.

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The Pope John XXIII Community Association, which helps women who are victims of trafficking and abuse, will also receive funding. Lastly, two Italian organizations that provide outreach in Africa, Amici per il Centrafrica Onlus and Groupe International Chirurgiens Amis de la Main (GICAM) will receive a portion of the money raised by the sale of the Lamborghini.