Pope Francis’ Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide at charity auction
In June 2013, to mark their 110th anniversary Harley-Davidson presented Pope Francis two motorcycles, and a biker jacket at a ceremony in Rome.
As part of the celebrations, Pope Francis blessed a gathering of some 800 motorcyclists and their machines in St Peter’s Square for his Sunday Angelus on 16th June. In his address, the Pope warned them that ‘power and pleasure’, among other things, lead to God being ‘replaced by fleeting human idol’.
Pope Francis has donated the 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide, which is now up for auction for charity by Bonhams at the Grand Palais on 6 February 2014. The sale takes place as part of Rétromobile Week, and will raise funds for Caritas Roma, which works on behalf of the Roman Catholic church to support those in need globally.
Keeping charity and transport at the forefront, the Harley-Davidson has an estimate of €12,000-15,000 and is being sold with no reserve in aid of Caritas Roma. Funds raised will go towards renovation of Don Luigi di Liegro hostel and soup kitchen based at Rome’s Termini railway station.
His Holiness signed on the fuel tank at a special ceremony at the Vatican in November 2013. The machine is offered with Harley-Davidson Certificate of Conformity and a Papal Certificate signed by His Holiness’ personal secretary, Monsignor Alfred Xuereb.
Ben Walker, head of motorcycles at Bonhams, said: “We are incredibly honored to be selling this item on behalf of Caritas Roma. We hope to be able to do both Pope Francis and Harley-Davidson proud by raising a significant amount of money for a very worthy cause.”
Pope Francis’ Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide details
Sold for charity; formerly the property of His Holiness, Pope Francis,
2013 Harley-Davidson 1,585cc FXDC Dyna Super Glide Custom
Frame no. 5HD1GV4D3DC306096
Engine no. GV4D306096
Speaking at a press conference in October 2013, Caritas Rome’s director Monsignor Enrico Feroci said, “It is a precious gift that has once again made us happy in feeling the closeness of our bishop to the poor of the Church of Rome. We are deeply grateful to Pope Francis for this.”