Princess Diana’s 1980s Ford Escort sells for $764K at auction

LONDON– A car that Princess Diana drove in the 1980s was auctioned for £650,000 ($764,000) on Saturday, just days before the 25th anniversary of her death.

Silverstone Auctions said there were “violent bids” for the black Ford Escort RS Turbo before the sale closed.

The British buyer, whose name has not been released, paid a buyer’s premium of 12.5% ​​on top of the sale price, according to the classic car auction house.

Britain and Diana’s admirers worldwide are preparing to celebrate a quarter of a century since her death. She died in a high-speed car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.

Diana drove the Escort from 1985 to 1988. She was photographed with it in front of boutiques 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 normally made in white, but she bought it in black to be more discreet. Ford also added features for their safety, such as B. a second rear-view mirror for the security officer.

The car has almost 25,000 miles on it.

Last year another Ford Escort used by Diana was auctioned for £52,000 (US$61,100).

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