This Ford Bronco Pope Francis Center First Edition Will Raise Money to Fight Homelessness

Heading to Barrett-Jackson auctions later this week.

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Back in 1979, Pope John Paul II visited the United States, and accompanying the Pope on his tour was a customized open-air Ford Bronco. Now, a one-of-a-kind 2021 Ford Bronco Pope Francis Center First Edition has been created and will be subsequently sold at Barrett-Jackson auctions in aid to raise money for Detroit’s Pope Francis Center, helping it fight against homelessness.

Based on a standard four-door Bronco, this edition draws visual cues from the original 1966 iteration and hence features a “Wimbledon White” paint job alongside heritage-inspired wheels from Detroit Steel Wheels (steelies if you will). A contrasting black roof section sits high, while lower down you’ll find red stripes along the side skirts, “First Edition” badges on the fenders, red-painted details on the hood, and more red detailing around the Bronco name on the grille.

Ford Performance’s heavy-duty modular front metal bumper, a rooftop lightbar, side pod lights, and wheel-well rock lights from Rigid, as well as tube doors from Genuine Ford Accessories also appear. Elsewhere, an in-vehicle safe, and a MOLLE strap system mounted to the inner swing-gate have been added, while the red-and-white theme is continued inside.

The 20221 Ford Bronco Pope Francis Center First Edition is set to be auctioned at 4:30 p.m. MST (6:30 p.m. EST) on January 26 and will be broadcasted live on FYI television. More information can be found online.

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