PR – Car of the Late Pope John Paul II to be Sold at Christies

This year’s highlight is a light blue FSO Warszawa M20, 1958, the late Pope John Paul II’s very first car. The Pope ordered it when he became Auxiliary Bishop of Krakow in 1958, and it was delivered to him on 28th of October 1958. The papers, which will be sold with the car confirm that it was immediately registered under the Pope’s name in Krakow with the number plate KR 96 13. Possibly due to bad experience with cars, the pope was hit once by a streetcar and again by a truck in 1944. He never obtained a driving licence, but as a Bishop used a chauffeur. His chauffeur eventually bought the car from the Pope in the late 1970s, and it was given to the present owner in 1988.

Other highlights of the Christie’s auction this year include:

· The ex-Ian Stuart, First Ecurie Ecosse, Jersey Road Race Winning
1952 Jaguar C-type
Estimate €1.200.000 – 1.800.000
· 1904 C.G.V. 6.3 Litre 4-seater Tourer
Estimate €380.000 – 580.000
· The ex-Elio de Angelis & Bruno Giacomelli
1979 BMW M1 Procar
Estimate €285.000 – 345.000
· 1955 Bentley R Type Continental
Estimate €160.000 – 220.000
· 1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS
Estimate €160.000 – 220.000
· 1925 Minerva Roadster by Erdmann & Rossi
Estimate €300.000 – 350.000
· The 1974 Paris Motor show
1974 Maserati Quattroporte II
Estimate €60.000 – 90.000
· 1923 Rolls-Royce 20HP Landaulette
Estimate €80.000 – 100.000
· The 1953 African Rallye winner
Fiat 1900 ‘Kontiki’ Rallye car
Estimate €40.000 – 60.000
· The ex-Sir Peter Ustinov
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 DHC
Estimate €75.000 -125.000
· The ex-Gunter Sachs
1974 MV Agusta Sport America
Estimate €15.000 – 25.000

A full list of highlights and images are available on request.

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