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Pope's Philadelphia Fiat sold for £58,000

Philadelphia's answer to the Popemobile is staying local.

O ne of two Fiat 500L cars used by Pope Francis during his trip to the US last year for the World Meeting of Families has been sold at auction for nearly £58,000.

Michael and Kate Chapman, owners of Chapman Auto Group, which has seven local showrooms, secured the winning bid of 82,000 dollars at a black-tie event kicking off the weekend's Philadelphia Auto Show.

Mr Chapman intends to put the black Fiat on display at his dealership in Horsham.

The other Fiat will be displayed during the show, which runs until February 7.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia spokesman Kenneth Gavin said more than 19 bidders from across the US took part in the 11-minute auction for the car.

Charities and and the archdiocese's special education schools will reap the benefits of the sale, conducted by Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Company.

"We are so heartened by the fact that this extraordinary gift will go on to enrich the lives of so many individuals," said Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families.

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