You can’t get ’em here dept.
by Jim Corbran - posted 6:48 pm, June 29, 2009
You not only can’t get ’em here, I don’t think you can get one anywhere — unless your surname is a Roman numeral.
The version of the popemobile pictured at the left is a Mercedes-Benz ML 430, which is used for the Pope’s travels abroad. Although M-class Benzes are widely available throughout the world, try getting one with a roof like this one — and then imagine parking it out in the sun for the afternoon and realizing you left your Hershey bar on the seat! OMG! The windows do open, but the Pope’s security team would rather he left them closed. One would imagine there’s quite an air-conditioning system in place or it would be hot as hell in there. The G500 version, on the other hand, is an open-air car, built for use in St. Peter’s Square.
The Vatican doesn’t officially have a name for the pope’s vehicle. Actually there’s a fleet of vehicles for different occasions. It’s the press which coined the name “popemobile,” which John Paul II reportedly didn’t care for.