Pope’s Ferrari sold at an auction

Ferrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo handed over a 950,000 euro (1.1 million dollars) cheque to Pope Benedict XVI, the proceeds from an auction of one of its most exclusive models.

The 400th and last of the «Enzo» special series road model was presented to the late Pope John Paul II in January, a few months before his death. Ferrari said at the time the car had been specially made for the pope, with a list price of 640,000 euros.

The car was snapped up by a private American collector at an auction in June – two months after the late pope’s death – at which it realized nearly a third more.

John Paul II’s German successor was also presented with the steering wheel from the Ferrari Formula One car driven by his German compatriot Michael Schumacher.

«It’s very complicated to drive, Your Holiness, there is a lot of technology» involved, said Montezemolo of the Formula One car. The pope said he had his hands full trying to «drive the Church».

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