Diana’s Ford Escort to be sold at auction

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The Ford Escort RS Turbo is going under the hammer (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)
The Ford Escort RS Turbo is going under the hammer (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)

A car used by Diana, Princess of Wales is going under the hammer at auction on Saturday.

The black Ford Escort RS Turbo was driven by Diana from August 23, 1985 to May 1, 1988 and is expected to fetch a six-figure sum.

Diana was previously pictured with the RS Turbo Series 1 outside the boutique shops of Chelsea and the restaurants of Kensington.

The car is being sold by Silverstone Auctions, and is being offered with no reserve price.

The car was driven by Diana, Princess of Wales from 1985 to 1988 (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)
The car was driven by Diana, Princess of Wales from 1985 to 1988 (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)

Diana preferred to drive her own car and had a member of the Royalty Protection Command (SO14) in the passenger seat.

The car is believed to be unique as the first and only black RS Turbo Series 1, as agreed by S014 and the Ford PR department for reasons of discretion, instead of the only-white manufactured model.

The Ford factory’s special vehicle engineering department was tasked to supply the car and it fitted a regular five-slat front grille to assist in the “stealth makeover”. There was also a secondary rear-view mirror for the protection officer with a radio in the glove box, with the cable still visible.

Th car is expected to fetch a six-figure sum (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)
Th car is expected to fetch a six-figure sum (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)

The car has just 24,961 miles on the clock and has been detailed to a nut and bolt concours standard.

It also has a lifetime tracker fitted which can be transferred to the new owner, a spare key, Ford Motor Company internal memos, and period registration documents.

Arwel Richards, a classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions, said: “The RS Turbo is a driver’s car and the late Diana, Princess of Wales was clearly a fan, and it was a fascinating choice for the daughter of an earl, mother of the future king, and the daughter-in-law of the Queen to choose.”

“Isn’t it fascinating that the Escort RS Turbo was to be synonymous with the white stilettos of Essex but it’s first champion was the most glamorous woman on Earth?”

In June 2021, another Ford Escort used by Diana sold at auction for £52,000.