Car owned by St. Pope John II being sold in Indiana again

John O'Quinn, 62, of Houston, poses in front of 1975 Ford Escort GL, once owned by Pope John Paul II, in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, after purchasing the car for $690,000 at an auction on Saturday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

AUBURN, Ind. (AP) — A 1976 Ford Escort GL once owned by St. Pope John Paul II is hitting the auction block in Indiana for the second time.

The light blue car has a worn interior and no hubcaps but its storied history could help it bring up to $300,000 during the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival that began Thursday and runs through Sunday.

The Journal Gazette reports the Escort was first auctioned in Auburn in 1996, then became entangled in litigation. The latest auction comes after the car’s Texas owner died, leaving others to liquidate his massive auto collection.

John Paul used the four-door car when he was known as Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, prior to his elevation to the papacy. He died in 2005.


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