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Pope John Paul II's Ford Escort nets $690K


An employee of Kruse Internation auction firm hangs photos of the Pope John Paul II around a 1975 Ford Escort he owned. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

People are freaks. Why would you pay $690K for a 1975 POS compact car just because JPII sat his rear in it? Here’s why, according to the AP story:

“To me, it’s a piece of history,” said John O’Quinn, 62, a Baptist who said he has a collection of about 600 vehicles. “What a great human being Pope John Paul was.”

Built 30 years ago at a Ford plant in Cologne, Germany, the car sold Saturday in what auctioneer Dean Kruse said was original papal condition — no hubcaps, no air conditioning, no radio, but with several nicks and dents.

“The car will never be driven,” said O’Quinn, who said that at least temporarily it will be warehoused with his other cars. “But hopefully, in my life, I’ll be able to go back and touch this car and feel the pope’s spirit.”

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