Style & Culture
Tue Feb 25 2014 23:23:53 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
"This 1998 Cadillac De Ville parade phaeton, more commonly
known as a “Popemobile”, was specially designed for the late
Pope John Paul II. It now can viewed at the "vault" in the Petersen Museum.
Lengthened and modified into a convertible, the lavish DeVille is equipped with an elevated platform for the armchair-like papal seat, wide doors, retractable steps and official Vatican seals and flags. While the General Motors de Mexico design studio began work on the car, Cadillac contracted with the American coachbuilding firms of Eureka Coach and Roush Technologies to complete the project in a mere six weeks. The Pontiff blessed the vehicle upon its debut. "
Text source: http://www.oldcarsweekly.com/news/popemobile_acquired_by_petersen_museum