Diana, Princess of Wales, drives a black Ford Motor Company F Escort RS Turbo Series 1 In the 1980s. At a recent auction, the car sold for a whopping $857,712, which includes a 12.5% buyer’s premium.
A British bidder won the auction, which was conducted by Silverstone.
As a price comparison, during an auction by Silverstone last year, a white 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo S1 sold for $73,900.
During the same year, the Ford Escort Ghia, which Prince Charles gave to Diana as an engagement gift, sold at auction for $55,100.
Princess Diana, who died 25 years ago, used the car for occasional outings and was frequently spotted in uptown Chelsea and Kensington in London between 1985 and 1988.
Several times, she was photographed with the vehicle in front of the shops in Chelsea. A press photo shows the future king, Prince Williamsitting in the back, his mother smiling at the wheel.
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According to the auctioneer Jonathan Humbertthere had been enormous interest in the car and it had received the most telephone offers from the company in 12 years.
The vehicle is considered unique as the first and only black RS Turbo Series 1, as requested by S014 for discretion, instead of the model manufactured in white.
“We have sold a number of cars that have had a royal pedigree, but this car ticks all the boxes in terms of history, rarity, condition and mileage. The market loves early Ford RS models,” said declared Arwel Richardsa classic car specialist from Silverstone Auctions.
“When royal cars are auctioned, they are usually Rolls-Royces or Range Rovers, so to offer the best example of the working-class hero’s sports saloon with such provenance is perhaps unique and therefore very exciting. “, he added.
According to the report, the car was driven for a few years then returned to the Ford Motor Company in May 1988 with 6,800 miles on the odometer before passing into private hands.
Photo: Silverstone Auctions