Mercedes Fine Weather Popemobile

Mercedes G 500 Cabrio Popemobile
Mercedes G 500 Cabrio Popemobile

Based on Mercedes G 500

Based on G 500

By request of the Pope, Head of the Catholic Church, himself, Mercedes has made a one-off open-top G 500 Popemobile which took over two years to develop. The Pope will use the Vatican Mystic White Cabriolet for his Wednesday audiences on St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.

Besides this G 500 Cabrio, the Pope also has an M and S-Class at his disposal. Mercedes provided their first car to Pope Pius XI in 1930, a Nurburg 460 pullman limousine. And even though the Popemobile has almost 300 hp at its disposal, it is not likely to be driven fast or taken off-road.

The new Popemobile is equipped with a folding windscreen and hand-rails. The interior is of course white too and the access steps in the rear are lined in red.

Source: Daimler AG
Published Dec 5th, 2007 6:04pm By Frank de Leeuw van Weenen
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In future, Pope Benedict XVI will present himself to the 40,000 or so pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square in a shining white, open-top Mercedes-Benz G-Class during his public audiences on Wednesdays. The new "Popemobile" was created over a two-year development period in close consultation with the Vatican, and has now been personally handed over to the Holy Father.

This open official car, which the Head of the Catholic Church requested for use during fine weather, was developed by Mercedes-Benz on the basis of the G 500. It is equipped with a folding windscreen and hand-rails, and like its predecessors it is painted in the Vaticanmystic white finish. The interior is likewise white, and is accessed via steps lined in red at the rear. The Pope holds his audiences in a standing position, so that he is easily visible to all his flock.

The Holy Father is continuing a long tradition with the new Popemobile from Mercedes-Benz. Pope Pius XI was the first to receive a Mercedes-Benz as an official car in 1930 - a Nürburg 460 Pullman limousine. Over the following decades Mercedes-Benz regularly provided the Vaticanwith automobiles which had been specially converted for the use of the Holy Father.

Today the Pope has several Mercedes-Benz cars at his disposal. In addition to the new G 500 Cabriolet, the fleet currently includes M and S-Class models with special protection.

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moyusuf moyusuf
The pope is a G!
Dec 10th, 2007 3:20pm
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radmeister radmeister
You can see the dissapointment on that italian driver's face that he's not driving a Fiat Panda.
Dec 7th, 2007 12:38am
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katteruma katteruma
Wish His Holiness a happy & safe journey!
Dec 6th, 2007 10:44pm
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Beybaba Beybaba
you wont go to heaven by only driving pope :)
Dec 6th, 2007 2:47am
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Harajoshi2 Harajoshi2
I wanna be the pope's driver...
Dec 5th, 2007 11:18pm
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