Popemobiles In Historical Perspective
The car below is the Mercedes donated by Mercedes to Pope Pius XI. Custom built for His Holiness.
Far from considering the gift a horror for Renaissance Princes, Pope Pius XI received the car personally.
After the historic Concordate with Italy in 1929, Graham Paige, a now-forgotten US car producer, donated this splendid example to, again, Pope Pius XI. The gift was, I suppose, gracefully and gratefully accepted. The car was also clearly not sold to give the money to the poor.
Not yet anything concerning Pope Pius XII.
If you have links to photos of the Pope in a Vatican car (not the guest car he used in Germany, say) please post in the comment section.
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