If you were watching all the Irish pride march down fifth Avenue today, you may not have recognized one of the biggest stars of the St. Patricks Day Parade— one of two fiats used by Pope Francis from his visit back in September.
The car returned to the streets of New York today sans the Pontiff and was featured in the parade. This time Monsignor Robert Ritchie, the rector of St. Patrick’s Cathedral was behind the wheel and drove it straight to Cardinal Timothy Dolan for inspection.
The black Fiat 500 sedan will be auctioned off for various Catholic charities. It is currently available for bids on the auction site Charity Buzz.
So far—the estimated thirty-thousand dollar hatchback has only two bids for $11,500.
The fiat the pope rode around in when he visited Philly recently was auctioned off for charity at $82,000— four times what the car is actually worth.
Some of the fun features of the Pope's modest car— not to be confused with the iconic "Popemobile"— jumps from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about nine seconds and it has a fuel economy of about 33 miles per gallon on the highway.
Not to mention the heavenly bragging rights of having the world leader of the Catholic church once as its passenger.