The Pope’s Lambo fetches €809,375 for philanthropy
On November 27, 2017 the exclusive supercar manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., donated a one-off model of the Lamborghini Huracán rear-wheel drive, to His Holiness Pope Francis.
The Pope signed on the Huracan’s bonnet and this image attracted a lot of attention globally, with various comments adding to a controversy, which is typical for all designs that have come out of Sant’Agata.
After less than six months, the unique Huracan has been sold for the price of 809,375 Euro during the RM Sotheby’s auction in Monte Carlo’s Grimaldi Forum on 12 May. This amount will be used in supporting special causes, in diverse geographies.
All proceeds received during the auction will be donated to the Holy Father directly, who will allocate them accordingly to diverse projects:
- The reconstruction of the Nineveh Plain under the patronage of the Pontifical Foundation “Aiuto alla Chiesa che Soffre” (Aid to the Church in Need). The project aims to ensure the return of the Christian community to the Nineveh Plain in Iraq by rebuilding their homes, public edifices and places of worship.
- The Pope John XXIII Community, which is dedicated to helping women who are victims of trafficking and other abuses on the tenth anniversary of the passing of Father Oreste Benzi and the 50th anniversary (in 2018) of the founding of the community, “Progetto Casa Papa Francesco” (Pope Francis House Project).
- Two Italian associations that carry out activities mainly in Africa: GICAM, headed by Dr. Marco Lanzetta, and “Amici per il Centrafrica” (Friends for Central Africa), have worked for many years in the region on initiatives dedicated primarily to aiding women and children in need.
The Pope’s Lamborghini Huracán RWD was realized by Lamborghini’s customization department “Ad Personam”. The special edition model pays tribute to the colors of the Vatican City flag, painted in Bianco Monocerus with Giallo Tiberino featuring on the Huracán’s silhouette.
The Lamborghini Huracán (Spanish hurricane) was launched at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, as the V10 supercar to replace the flagship Gallardo and is now approaching the production number 10,000 making it the most popular Lambo in history, after its predecessor.