Princess Di’s Car Up For Auction

Cars with royal connections always cost more and the 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo, coming up for sale at auction on August 27, is no exception.

Regular Go-Fast RS Escorts

The three-door, 130-horsepower car is the definitive hot hatch, though its stealthy black color with a blue pinstripe sets it apart from its sporty brethren. The regular go-fast RS Escorts only came in white. Princess Diana could often seen driving the car between 1985 and 1988 and seen around London or outside Chelsea’s boutiques and restaurants in Kensington.

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Young Prince William and Harry often sat in the back seat with a plainclothes spy on board for security reasons. Ford’s Special Vehicle Engineering Department tasked with painting the car and regularly assisting in stealth makeovers. A five-slat front grille was installed.

With about 6,800 miles on the odometer

The Escort also had a secondary rear view mirror for the security officer with a radio in the glove box, the cable for which is still visible today. The car returned to Ford in May 1988 with about 6,800 miles on the odometer and it is still there. It has also covered only 24,961 miles from the new one.

A car accident in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris, France

The escort offered by Silverstone Auctions on August 27 and will likely fetch at least six figures, in regards to a still much-loved public figure. Pont de l’In Paris, France, in the early hours of August 31, 1997 Princess Diana of Wales has died from injuries sustained in a car accident in the Alma Tunnel. – DPA

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