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Former Popemobile Going Up For Auction 68

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the but-officer-my-car-is-infallible dept.
Zothecula writes with an amusing article in Gizmag. From the article: "The greater share of the value of any significant collector car is in the provenance — who sat in the seat before you, and experienced the same vehicle, can make a massive difference to the price the car commands. What then of a car that was built for and used by Pope Paul VI? It was subsequently the centre of numerous other ticker tape parades with dozens of dignitaries, most notably the first astronauts to orbit the moon (Apollo 8's Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders), the first astronauts to set foot on the moon (Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, plus Command Module Pilot Michael Collins) plus Apollo 13's Lovell, Mattingly and Haise and Apollo 15's Scott, Worden and Irwin, President Lyndon LBJ Johnson and VP Hubert Humphrey."
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Former Popemobile Going Up For Auction

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  • This thing must seat 10 or 12. Altar boys aren't that big.
  • by retroworks (652802) on Thursday August 18, 2011 @03:57PM (#37133920) Homepage Journal
    For sale now, no reserve.
  • Fuel? (Score:1, Funny)

    by Rizimar (1986164)

    Does it run on prayers? How many miles does it get per Hail Mary?

  • I mean, maybe some other people care, but this is /.
    • And yet, he cared enough to let it be known that he doesn't care...
      • by Anonymous Coward
        I hate it when people use that obviously flawed "argument." If a guy was running around showing off his turd, I'd tell him "nobody really cares about your turd." The fact that I responded doesn't mean that I necessarily care.
        • I guess by simply looking at it you tacitly agree that it's worth looking at or something...I think that's the gist of the argument.
        • by megrims (839585)

          You're drawing attention to something that you profess not to care about. Ignoring it and saying nothing is usually a better response.

  • Everybody's talkin' at me...I can't hear a word they're sayin'...just drivin' around in Jon Voight's car...
  • Nothing says "faith in god"
    like bullet-proof glass.

    • Nothing says "faith in god" like bullet-proof glass.

      Look at the photographs. The Pope has no protection.

      Following the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in 1981, the popemobile was fitted with bulletproof glass on four sides. However, it was sometimes driven with open windows.

      Popemobile [wikipedia.org]

    • It has been noted above, but faith is supposed to be something that gets people to think about their problems and see what they can do for themselves first.

      To the extent that atheism also helps people try to solve their own problems, atheism has value in God's universe.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        If faith is not magic, why am I told to have faith that god will make things come out OK? It is "his plan" and all, so the predeterminism negates people thinking what they can do for themselves, does it not?
        If it wasn't belief in magic(more or less) wouldn't religious people be saying "have faith in yourself because you will figure it out"?

    • by Coren22 (1625475)

      If the president of the United States is truly the representitive of his people, he should take criticism of all types from the people, even if it is a bullet telling him he is doing it wrong.

      Perhaps the Pope hated the bullet proof popemobile too, but his "secret service" (swiss guard) forced it on him to preserve him.

  • They're never ones to keep something old that was no longer relevant.
  • This is /. I'm sure that there are far more people who are impressed with the fact that Apollo astronauts (including Apollo 11) rode in this car, than the fact that a religious leader did.

    Why on earth did the pope angle get first billing here?

  • The soiled little boys underwear was from the previous owner!

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