Diana's Car Brings $764K

Princess drove Ford Escort from 1985 to '88
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 27, 2022 5:10 PM CDT
Winning Bidder Pays $750K for Diana's Car
The Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 1 that belonged to the late Princess Diana is previewed Friday in the UK.   (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

A car driven by Princess Diana in the 1980s sold for $764,000 at auction in London on Saturday, just days before the 25th anniversary of her death. Silverstone Auctions said there was "fierce bidding" for the black Ford Escort RS Turbo before the sale closed, the AP reports. The UK buyer, whose name was not disclosed, paid a 12.5% buyer's premium on top of the selling price, according to the classic car auction house. Diana drove the Escort from 1985 to 1988. She was photographed with it outside boutique shops in Chelsea and restaurants in Kensington. She preferred to drive her own car, with a member of her security team in the passenger seat.

The RS Turbo Series 1 was typically manufactured in white, but Diana got it in black to be more discreet. Ford added features for her security, such as a second rear-view mirror for the protection officer. The car has just under 25,000 miles on it. Last year, another Ford Escort that Diana used sold at auction for $61,100. Britain and Diana's admirers worldwide are preparing to mark a quarter-century since her death. She was killed in a high-speed car crash in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997.

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