The pope's car (or Popemobile) would seemingly not need a canopy over it, as poles would "be too long, and bearers would have to run like hell," according to the notes found in the desk of a New York advertising executive (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 27).
Popemobile is an informal name for the specially designed motor vehicles used by the Pope during outdoor public appearances. Since the beginning of the 20th Century, many automotive manufacturers have produced specially designed vehicles for the Pope. The custom built 1964 Lehmann-Peterson was used by Pope Paul VI in his 1965 New York visit and was reused in 1970 in Bogotá. Later, Paul VI used a Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman-Landaulet. However, the term "popemobile" did not come into common usage until the pontificate of Pope John Paul II.
- "Holy Rollers: Vatican vehicles past and present." DigitalTrends.com, Jul. 12, 2013.