I have been struck by lightning.
BMW now apparently wants the Popemobile biz (proposal depicted above). As a Mercedes (exclusive builders of Vatican limos for an eternity) owner, I pray for an intercession.
As no self-respecting Swabian would be seen in a high-end Manure Wagen, neither should His Most Holy Benedict.
Irrefutable evidence of this can been seen in the long, storied history that Mercedes has enjoyed with the Vatican. I believe its finest hour was clearly the 600 Pullman Series open top cars from the early sixties. I could wax about them, but I think this ad from a Seattle limo service does it best:
exclusive parade cars were owned by royalty and heads of state,
including Pope Paul VI. The previous owner of this car was a Columbian
businessman. The head of a highly profitable “import-export” cartel,
he is now serving a number of life sentences in a US Federal
The penultimate bridal limousine, or the crowning touch for a special
Hefner 600 Pullmans , this magnificent example of automotive indulgence
will make a day to remember."
Why I even need to make argument is beyond me. Given that Pope Benedict is from Bavaria, however, I am not exactly holding out a candle. Dio mio te deum in grande excelsis.