On occasion of the first visit paid by His Holiness John Paul II to the Republic of Argentina in the year 1982, at the Buenos Aires Archbishopric’s request the Automóvil Club Argentino proceeded to prepare the body of a 1981-model Ford 350 vehicle of its own, so that it might comply with the security and image-related measures provided by the Vatican for it to be used by the Pope.
Operators from the Automóvil Club Argentino’s workshops devoted themselves to prepare the vehicle. As the job should be completed in just a few days, they worked on a charge-free basis, 24 hours a day. The cooperation provided by the metallurgic firm of Bottegazzore Hnos. S.A. and by the window-making firm of Santa Lucía Cristales should be underlined.