The car Princess Diana drove in the 1980s sold for £650,000 ($764,000) at auction on Saturday, days before the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.
Silverstone Auctions said there was “heavy bidding” for the black Ford Eascort RS Turob before the auction closed. A British buyer, whose name was not disclosed, paid a buyer’s premium of 12.5% on top of the selling price, according to the classic car auction house.
Diana’s admirers in the UK and around the world prepare to mark the quarter century since her death.
Diana drove an Escort from 1985 to 1988. She was photographed with an escort outside her shop in Chelsea boutique and a restaurant in Kensington. She drove her own car and preferred to have her security and a member of her team in her passenger seat.
The RS Turbo Series 1 was normally manufactured in white, but has been made black for a more discreet look. Ford has also added features for her safety, such as her second rear-view mirror for protective officers. The car has just under 25,000 miles on her. Last year, another Ford Escort used by Diana was sold at auction for her £52,000 ($61,100).
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