The Ferrari Enzo is without a doubt one of the rarest and most important cars the Italian carmaker has ever produced. With just 399 examples made from 2002 to 2004, chances are you’ll never see this Ferrari on the road. However, amongst the production run, there is one that stands out, and that’s because it was owned by Pope John Paul II.
According to RM Sotheby’s, the pope made excellent use of the hypercar in a very unusual but generous way. This is the story of the world’s greatest popemobile.
Why did Pope John Paul II get a Ferrari Enzo for free?
As you might imagine, the pope didn’t just walk down to the nearest dealership to buy a Ferrari Enzo. Instead, the car was a gift from the Italian carmaker. What makes this particular example interesting is that it wasn’t part of the original production run. According to RM, Sotheby’s Ferrari planned to build just 349 examples of the hypercar. Given the intense demand, the factory decided to produce 399 examples.
With a base price of $659,330 or around $958,692 in today’s money, the Ferrari Enzo’s costs also added to its exclusivity. However, the pope’s Enzo was the most exclusive of all, given that it was the 400th car ever produced by the factory. As a result, this car was not only the final Enzo, but the pope owned it.
During the same year, Pope John Paul II received his hypercar for free, a tsunami in the Indian Ocean had caused massive destruction. In a very generous move, the pope decided to make the best use of the car by auctioning it to raise money. According to RM Sotheby’s, the car initially raised around $1 million in 2005.
How much is this rare hypercar worth today?
As you might imagine, the final Ferrari Enzo ever that was also owned by the pope isn’t exactly cheap. For context, a normal Enzo with excellent history and low miles can sell between $2.5 and $3 million. However, the pope’s Ferrari is on a whole other level.
We know this because the infamous Ferrari Enzo came up for sale in 2015. RM Sotheby’s hosted the auction where the car sold. Before hitting the auction block, the Enzo’s 660-hp naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 got a complete service. This was done because the 10-year-old car only had 111 miles on the clock.
The bidding for this ultra-rare Ferrari Enzo opened up at $2 million. However, by the time the gavel came down, the car had sold for over $6 million, making it the most expensive Enzo example on the planet.
The pope is no stranger to Ferrari
While the Ferrari Enzo is certainly the most famous car attached to Pope John Paul II, it isn’t the only Ferrari. That’s because the pope visited the factory in Maranello back in 1988.
According to Scuderia Fans, the pope was greeted by a brand-new Ferrari Mondial. The front passenger seat was removed so the pope could stand and be seen by onlookers. While we don’t know where that Mondial currently is, it is likely also worth a significant amount of cash.