The long-lasting Popemobile turns 40 years outdated this 12 months and Mercedes takes a visit down the reminiscence lane to remind us of this very particular G-Class.
It was 1980 when Mercedes first offered a specifically constructed G-Class to the Vatican on mortgage for the Pope’s go to in Germany.
That first modified G-Class, which is now on show on the Mercedes-Benz Museum till September, incorporates a rear bench put in on a steady ground panel that was raised by 40 cm and guarded throughout by a clear dome that was initially made out of perspex.
The superstructure, which made this particular G-Class 2.eight meters tall, allowed the Pope to stay simply seen for the crowds, each when he was sitting down and standing up. The white Popemobile additionally options numerous lights on its sides, ground and roof of the superstructure.
To maintain the Pope cool, the automobile additionally featured a strong air-conditioning unit to make sure nice temperatures inside the dome in the summertime and stop its panes from fogging up in rain and high-humidity circumstances.
As you would possibly anticipate, velocity wasn’t a crucial task for the Popemobile, with the unique car being powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine with simply 102 HP paired to an computerized transmission. Following the assassination try in 1981, the pontifical G-Class was up to date with bulletproof glazing.
A second car with virtually an identical options was created in 1982, based mostly on the marginally extra highly effective 230 GE mannequin which made 125 HP; the newer automobile might be recognized by its quantity plate -SCV 6- as the unique automobile wore the SCV 7 registration quantity. The identical 12 months Mercedes handed over each automobiles to the Vatican, with the unique Popemobile returned to the Mercedes-Benz Traditional assortment since 2004.
Mercedes has additionally offered Pope Benedict XVI with a mystic white G 500 in November 2007, that includes an open-top physique and a folding windscreen. That G-Class can be utilized both as a fully-fledged convertible or with a clear weather-proof part.
The 1980 Mercedes 230 G ‘Popemobile’ wasn’t the corporate’s first automobile to be used as a pontifical vehicle; that honor goes again to the 1930 Nürburg 460, that includes a specifically designed physique. In 1960, the Pope used a Mercedes 300 Landaulet, whereas in 1965 a 600 Pullman Landaulet was added to the Pontiff’s consultant automobiles.