A specially adapted 1964 limousine used to transport the Pope Paul VI and astronauts Buzz Aldridge and Neil Armstrong is due to be sold at auction later this month in California.

The Lincoln Continental Limousine was built at the request of the Vatican ahead of the Pope’s planned visit to New York in 1965 where he was due to address the United Nations. The limo was custom made to accommodate the needs of the Pope and his bodyguards with the rear roof section being removed and replaced with glass so as to allow the crowds to see the Pope as he passed through the streets of New York.

Other extra features added to the limo to facilitate the Pope’s visit include exterior step plates, a handrail for the security staff guarding the Pope, a PA system, and also a raised seat area so as to offer the Pope an elevated seating area for the public to see him more clearly.

The limousine was then sent to the city of Chicago where it was used to transport the famous American astronauts, Buzz Aldridge and Neil Armstrong, during a ticker tape parade following their successful space mission to the moon.

In recent times the stretch limo has been in private ownership. The limo is due to go under the hammer in California on August 19th and is expected to fetch somewhere in the region $350,000 which works out as £215,000. Interested parties are likely to be museums and also private collectors.