Princess Diana's Ford Escort sells at auction for £650,000

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Princess Diana's Ford Escort has been sold at auction for £650,000.

The black Ford Escort RS Turbo, which was driven by Diana from August 1985 to May 1988, was sold to a UK buyer on Saturday.

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

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.

The car has just 24,961 miles on the clock.

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

Arwel Richards, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions, which held the sale, said it was "an incredible result" with "fierce bidding" and a packed room.

"The car exceeded all expectations," he said, adding that it was a "top ten world record for its type".

Mr Richards said: "The selling price of £650,000 plus 12.5% buyer's premium shows that a unique Ford can sell for supercar money."

With the buyer's premium included, the buyer paid a total of £730,000.