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Princess Diana’s favorite car is up for auction

Princess Diana.

Princess Diana.

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Auction house Silverstone put up for sale a 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 1 built especially for Princess Diana. The initial price of the lot is not called, but the organizers are sure that any starting amount during the auction will skyrocket.

Personal belongings of famous people, especially those of the deceased, are always coveted items at auctions. As for Lady Di, almost everything has already been sold – the princess’s evening dresses, letters and even a children’s bicycle.

No wonder that a car is expected to help out a lot. Moreover, the Ford offered for sale was made specifically for the princess, taking into account her wishes. Apparently that’s why she loved to sit behind the wheel of this particular car.

– The car is considered unique as it is the first and only black RS Turbo Series 1. Special Vehicles Development was tasked with painting the car and installing a conventional five-blade front grille to make it more discreet, and an additional rear-view mirror for the security officer , – says the description of the car on auction house website.

Despite the fact that the car had several owners, its mileage is only about 40 thousand kilometers, which is an amazing rarity for a car of this age.

A 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 1 built especially for Princess Diana is up for sale.  Photo: silverstoneauctions.com

A 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 1 built especially for Princess Diana is up for sale. Photo: silverstoneauctions.com

In 1988, the car returned to Ford Motor Company and was sold to one of the company’s managers – he took it for his wife. In 1993, the car was put up as a prize for a Kiss FM promotion and went to a resident of the British Essex. And in 2008, it was bought by the owner of one of the best Ford RS collections in the world.

According to the organizers of the auction, the car itself is unique, and the fact that Princess Diana drove it for three years makes it almost priceless.

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