They hold the fate of society in their hands… as well as the keys to some truly stunning automobiles! When it’s time to hit the road, the Presidents and Prime Ministers of the world have their pick of the finest vehicles on the planet. From one-of-a-kind custom SUVs to immaculately-kept vintage specimens to limousines with more armor and firepower than a military Humvee, all tastes are accounted for among the powers that be. Here we’ll take a look at twelve world leaders and their cars of choice.
Pope Francis (Vatican City): 1984 Renault 4
Though he still has access to the armored “Popemobile” (a custom-built Mercedes M-Class with a glass cabin and oxygen supply for His Holiness), Pope Francis prefers a more modest set of wheels. Eschewing the luxurious vehicular tendencies of his predecessors, the pontiff acquired a white 1984 Renault 4 as a gift from a priest in 2013. The car came to the Pope with 170,000 miles on the odometer and a set of snow tires in the trunk. Upon receiving the car, Pope Francis could hardly wait to grab the keys and get behind the wheel, stating that he used to drive a Renault 4 before becoming pontiff.