Popemobile for sale - one careful owner

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THE famous "Popemobile" used by John Paul II during his 1982 visit to Edinburgh is to be auctioned next month.

The 24-ton vehicle, in which the Pope toured Murrayfield and Glasgow during his only official visit to Scotland, will be sold at a special auction of items from the Albion Museum in Dumfries.

The unique car, which is expected to be sold for 20,000, is a six-wheeled Range Rover and truck hybrid that was specially designed so that the Pope could be seen by the crowds in complete security.

It was one of only two to be commissioned for the Pope's tour of Britain in 1982. Until recently, the Popemobile had been part of the collection at the Albion Museum. It was put up for sale following the death of its owner, Mick Hayton, earlier this year.

The auction will take place in Dumfries on September 2.