Silverstone’s website describes the car as the Princess of Wales’ last Ford Escort, with 24,961 miles on the clock. It belonged to the Princess of Wales between 1985 and 1988.
The princess was often seen driving the car around Chelsea and Kensington and clocked up 6,800 miles in it before returning it to Ford. After the return, the car had multiple owners before making its way back to Ford, according to Silverstone website.
Princess Diana poses for a portrait in 1990. She would have been 60 years old on July 1, 2021. Credit: Terence Donovan/Camera Press/Redux
The website makes no mention of the auction winner.
The RS Turbo Series 1 was usually made in white but the royal family police guard asked for Diana’s to be painted black “for discretion,” the auctioneers said.
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For the princess to drive the vehicle was “a very brave choice,” Arwel Richards, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions, told Reuters earlier this week.
Top image: The black Ford Escort owned by Diana in the mid 1980s, sold at Silverstone Auctions.