NewsArts & Culture / August 28, 2018

Car Owned By St. Pope John II Being Sold In Indiana, Again

The light blue car has a worn interior and no hubcaps but its storied history could help it bring up to $300,000 during the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. auto, St. Pope John Paul II, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, Ford2018-08-28T00:00:00-04:00
Car Owned By St. Pope John II Being Sold In Indiana, Again

The 1976 Ford Escort 1100 GL Sedan once owned by St. Pope John Paul II is up for sale at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival.

Courtesy RM Sotheby's

AUBURBN, Ind. (AP) — A 1976 Ford Escort GL once owned by St. Pope John Paul II is hitting the auction block in Indiana for the second time.

The light blue car has a worn interior and no hubcaps but its storied history could help it bring up to $300,000 during the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival that began Thursday and runs through Sunday.

The Journal Gazette reports the Escort was first auctioned in Auburn in 1996, then became entangled in litigation. The latest auction comes after the car's Texas owner died, leaving others to liquidate his massive auto collection.

John Paul used the four-door car when he was known as Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, prior to his elevation to the papacy. He died in 2005.

 

 

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