Text of Auction, via Google Translate, with a bit of help from me
You will surely always travel well in this completely special Gulf IV. Unbelievable, but true: Until few months ago this noble vehicle belonged to no one less than the current Pope Benedict XVI. (Josef cardinal Ratzinger) this fact by the vehicle registration is certified (see photo). The car is in very well maintained condition. By the way, the original seats are still in the vehicle!
Since I am only a private seller, this sale takes place without any guarantee. With this auction I must particularly point out that sham bids will involve criminal consequences. Seller will pay Ebay fees. Delivery is not available, you must pick up the car yourself. Search words: father, pope, car, Pope, Benedict, Benedikt, Josef cardinal Ratzinger
On 29.04.05 Seller added the following: Due to many dubious bids we introduced the bidder accreditation to this auction and did not separate us from seriously meant requirements. Inadvertently if a serious bid has been cancelled, a bidder may re-contact us should they wish to be OK'ed to bid again. Accreditation = fax at +49-(0)89-1488-154047 with Ebay UserID, a copy of bidder's identity card as well as return phone number we become you thereupon for the auction for offering to de-energise or us with you in connection to set. Thank you for your understanding and further much fun!
On 29.04.05 Seller added the following: Still another small reference concerning the open further inquiries. I have meanwhile over 1000 open questions and can thus only sporadically and to seriously questions answer. Thank you nevertheless for nice references.
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German pope's old VW 'still heavenly to drive'
OLPE - A six-year-old Volkswagen once owned by Pope Benedict XVI that "was only driven to church on Sundays" was put up for auction on Thursday on the eBay Internet auction house website.
"It's still heavenly to drive," said Benjamin Halbe, who bought the VW Golf in January from a second-hand car dealer who claimed that the previous owner had been a senior Roman Catholic church official who drove it to Mass.
"The guy told me that the car had been blessed by a cardinal," said 21-year-old Halbe.
"I thought it was a salesman's yarn until I looked at the registration papers and saw that it had indeed belonged to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger," he said.
The car dealer
Kurt Schneider in the city of Siegen, pointed out that he had never actually said the previous owner had been the man who is now pontiff. But he acknowledged that Ratzinger had been a customer of long-standing.
"We didn't want to make a big deal out of it," Schneider said. "After all, we're in the business of dealing with customers and we don't want to abuse their trust."
Ratzinger's private secretary, who comes from Siegen, purchased cars from the dealership in the cardinal's name.
"His holiness has bought his cars here for some time and he comes to Siegen a couple of times a year and stops in," said Schneider.
However it is unclear who actually drove the car when Ratzinger owned it.
"We assume somebody else drove it for his holiness," said Schneider, who pointed out that Ratzinger has no driver's licence.