Princess Diana’s Ford Escort auctioned for $764,000 – 6 times more than expected

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A black Ford Escort RS Turbo previously owned by Princess Diana, who died in a 1997 car accident in Paris, was sold in England on Saturday for £650,000 ($764,000), according to the TSTIME.

The late Princess of Wales drove the car for nearly three years, starting in August 1985, and was seen with the vehicle at boutiques in the Greater London boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea. Silverstone Auctions, the company that led the sale, told auction visitors it was the “car of the day”.

The car eventually fetched more than six times its previous sales estimate. Silverstone said the bidding pitted an Emirati buyer against a Briton for £450,000.

Phone bids are coming in on Saturday, August 27 for the Ford Escort RS Turbo.

The winner, an unidentified Cheshire resident, now owns a former royal family’s car, which had driven just under 25,000 miles before the princess retired, according to Arwel Richards, a classic car specialist at Silverstone.

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Prior to the sale, Richards said the eventual owner would have one of “the best-preserved copies of this model anywhere, as well as the piece of social history that comes with the car.”

“This car was known as the ‘people’s sports car’ and the fact that it was driven by the People’s Princess is just perfect,” he was quoted as saying by the TSTIME.

“All other members of the royal family would be driving around London in the back of an official car,” he reportedly said. “And she drives a car… which you would see in a residential area not outside the palace.”

Diana famously died after a limousine accident in France’s Pont de l’Alma tunnel on August 31, 1997, when her driver attempted to drive away from paparazzi on motorcycles. Next week it will be 25 years since she passed away at the age of 36.

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