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1960 Mercedes-Benz 300D with Pope John XXIII (1:43 Scale)
1960 Mercedes-Benz 300D with Pope John XXIII

Rio 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300D with Pope John XXIII

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RIO RIO4100P 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300D with Pope John XXIII (1:43 Scale) "Look at the people entrusted to you and listen to their voices. What do they seek? What do they implore of you? Not these new monstrous instruments of war which our times have produced and which can annihilate us all -- not these, but peace."
- Pope John XXIII, in his first public address after being elected Pope, October 1958

The Mercedes-Benz 300D was specially made for the Sovereign Pontiff, Pope John XXIII, in 1960. Produced under the stringent directions of the Vatican Protocol, the 300D featured a Landaulet body set on a lengthened chassis. The roof was electrically operated by the driver and could be set in motion at any time without disturbing the passengers. The car was painted black, with Pope Roncalli's coat of arms emblazoned on fender-mounted pennants.

Behind the front seat was the so-called "Pope's Little Throne" -- a one-of-a-kind chair set at a slightly raised level so that spectators could get a better look at the Pope. Specially designed foot boards were placed on either side of the chair for easier access.

Pictured here is a 1:43 scale diecast replica of a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300D used by Pope John XXIII. Figure included. Now in stock!

Length: 5.5 inches
Width: 1.5 inches

Historical Account: "Pope John XXIII" - Pope Saint John XXIII (Latin: Ioannes XXIII; Italian: Giovanni XXIII) born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, (November 25th, 1881 - June 3rd, 1963) reigned as Pope from October 28th, 1958. to his death in 1963 and was canonized on April 27th, 2014. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was the fourth of fourteen children born to a family of sharecroppers who lived in a village in Lombardy. He was ordained to the priesthood on August 10th, 1904, and served in a number of posts, including papal nuncio in France and a delegate to Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. In a consistory on January 12th, 1953, Pope Pius XII made Roncalli a cardinal as the Cardinal-Priest of Santa Prisca in addition to naming him as the Patriarch of Venice.

  • Diecast construction
  • Lots of chrome appointments
  • Comes bundled with figure of the Pope
  • Comes with acrylic display case

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