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Popemobiles through the years

Updated 2007 GMT (0407 HKT) February 26, 2018
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During his January 2018 visit to the city of Iquique, Chile, Pope Francis waves from the back of a modified Toyota popemobile. Take a look at how the Pope's wheels have evolved over the years.

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Benedict XVI disembarks the Popemobile in St. Peter's Square on February 27, 2013, the day before he stepped down as pope. Oli Scarff/Getty Images
This version of the Popemobile was used in September 2010 during the pope's visit to London, England. Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images
This picture shows the way the pope enters a Popemobile. The back door is opened, revealing a small staircase to help him board smoothly.(September 17, 2010 in London, England) WPA Pool/Getty Images
Pictured here is the detail of the Popemobile licence plate. According to the Vatican, the letters on the plate stand for 'status civitatis Vaticanae.' (September 14, 2010 in London) Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives in St. Peter's Square after leading the Te Deum prayer on December 31, 2009 in Vatican City, Vatican. The lights inside the Popemobile enable the crowds to see inside the vehicle. Franco Origlia/Getty Images
This Popemobile (photographed in September 2011) is fitted with a religious image just above the pope's seat. VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
An Israeli worker drives the Popemobile during a rehearsal on May 6, 2009 at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Israel's internal security agency was originally opposed to the pontiff using his Popemobile while in Nazareth on a tour of the Holy Land, according to a government document presented to the weekly Cabinet meeting on April 26. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images
2003: Pope John Paul II arrives in St. Peter's Square in his custom-made Fiat Popemobile on May 18, 2003. Franco Origlia/Getty Images
Pope John Paul II salutes the crowd as he arrives for his weekly address in Vatican City on May 27, 1998. GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
In this version of the Popemobile, Pope John Paul II arrives at Sarajevo stadium on April 13, 1997. FEHIM DEMIR/AFP/Getty Images
1982: Pope John Paul II arrives at Westminster Cathedral in London in a modified Range Rover. Monti Spry/Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Pope John Paul II is shot by would-be assassin Mehmet Ali Agca in St. Peter's Square on May 13, 1981. Following the assassination attempt, the Popemobile was equipped with bullet-proof glass. Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
1980: Pope John Paul II waves to the crowds from his custom-built truck during a visit to his homeland Poland. Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
1966: Pope Paul VI blesses lorries from the back of a Mercedes-Benz in St. Peter's Square, Rome, before they are shipped to famine-stricken areas of India. Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
1964: During a visit to the John Bosco School in India, Pope Paul VI drives through the crowds with a convoy of bodyguards. Terry Fincher/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
October 1962: Standing in an open Mercedes, Pope John XXIII receives an enthusiastic welcome from the crowds at Loreto. Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
1929: Papal nuncio Eugenio Pacelli, later created Pope Pius XII, arrives at Freiburg in Germany, accompanied by Dr. Sester. Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Pope Pius IX, Giovanni Mastai Ferretti stands in an open salon coach at a railway station in Rome in about 1846. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
The pope is pictured being carried in the Corpus Domini procession around St. Peter's Square in about 1840. Rischgitz/Getty Images
Emperor Karl V of Germany, King Charles I of Spain are pictured, circa 1550, with Pope Clement VII in Bologna. Hulton Archive/Getty Images