A one-of-a-kind Lamborghini is heading to auction this weekend – but don’t expect some high-powered one off, or bespoke special edition. This white-and-gold Huracan has been signed by His Holiness Pope Francis, and could go for anywhere from 250,000 to 350,000 ($300,000 to $415,000) when it crosses the block.
A centerpiece at this weekend’s RM Sotheby’s Monaco Sale, the vehicle was gifted to Pope Francis back in November, and was customized through Lambo’s Ad Personam made to reference the Vatican City flag. The body is finished in a Bianco Monocerus white paint job with Giallo Tiberino goldish yellow stripes running down the center of the vehicle and around the windows.
Though the exterior may be stunning, the same factory powertrain remains – not that the new buyer should be complaining. The rear-wheel-drive Huracan produces 573 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque courtesy of a V10 engine. That gives it the ability to sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in just 3.4 seconds, and on to a top speed of 198 mph (320 kmh) – all with the approval of the Pope.
All of the proceeds from the sale, of course, will go to charity. The sale of the vehicle will benefit a number of groups, with 70-percent of the funds being allocated to the city of Nineveh, Iraq (a city heavily attacked and besieged by ISIS), 10-percent to ‘Amici per il Centrafrica Onlus,’ another 10-percent to Groupe International Chirurgiens Amis de la Main (GICAM), and the final 10-percent to the Pope John XXIII Community Association.
The RM Sotheby’s Monaco sale will open its doors to bidders on May 12. So if you’re in the market for this handsome holy Lambo, get to bidding.
Source: RM Sotheby’s
Donated to His Holiness Pope Francis by Automobili Lamborghini, all proceeds from the sale of this Huracán RWD Coupé will be delivered directly to the Holy Father, who shall allocate the proceeds as follows: 70% to the city of Nineveh, Iraq (a city heavily attacked and besieged by ISIS), 10% to ‘Amici per il Centrafrica Onlus’, 10% to Groupe International Chirurgiens Amis de la Main (GICAM) and 10% to the Pope John XXIII Community Association.
Customized and built to European specifications by Lamborghini’s Ad Personam program, the car is finished in Bianco Monocerus contrasted by Giallo Tiberino stripes and detailing in homage to the colours of the flag of Vatican City. Riding on diamond-finished 20-in. Giano wheels covering Nero callipers, the car is trimmed within in Bianco Leda Sportivo leather, with Lamborghini crests adorning the headrests. The final touch was added by the Pope himself, who signed the bonnet of the car upon seeing it for the first time. Presented in virtually as-new condition, the Huracán has remained in static storage since being produced in late 2017.
Benefitting a quartet of deserving charities all near and dear to Pope Francis’ heart, the sale of this Huracán represents a unique opportunity to acquire a wholly unique Lamborghini while giving back to worthy causes in the name of His Holiness.