Princess Diana’s beloved car is up for sale 25 years after her death.
The Ford Escort RS was driven by the Princess from 1985 to 1988, during the early years of her sons William and Harry’s childhood.
After winning a radio station competition in the 1990s, it was privately owned for a number of years before becoming part of the Ford RS range, being kept in “best condition”.
Much less glamorous than her later cars, Diana, a mother of two, eschewed Rolls-Royces and Daimlers of the Royals for a modest companion for some time, was often photographed driving through London.
“We wouldn’t be surprised if it went over £100,000,” Orwell Richards, a classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions, told FEMAIL.
Princess Diana drives her Ford Escort with Prince William in the car seat in June 1986. The royal car is expected to fetch six figures at auction this month
After winning a radio station competition in the 1990s, the car, pictured, was privately owned for a number of years before becoming part of the Ford RS range, where it was kept in ‘best condition’.
The stealth black Escort RS Turbo has been insisted on by the royal family and given a special “stealth makeover” by Ford’s Special Vehicle Engineering department.
The car was being driven by the princess with an interrogator in the passenger seat. It will be auctioned under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions, in Leamington Spa, on August 27.
The auctioneers continued: “Similarities can be drawn with the RS Turbo’s reputation as the popular sports car and the People’s Princess’ honorary vehicle that the British public bestowed on Princess Diana.
The RS Turbo was never designed to be driven by the wife of the second in line to the British throne nor to transport the future king.
“We note with interest that while Diana’s later selection of luxury cars may be more expensive when new, the Ford Escort RS Turbo is far outdone at auction, in some cases selling for three times the price of equivalent models.”
The 132-horsepower Ford was a replacement for its previous Escort – which was red and had a fabric retractable roof.
SO14, the Royal Protection Service, changed this because it gave it little privacy and no protection.
The car was given a royal makeover by Ford engineers to protect the princess during the 1980s
The historical hot slot was led by the People’s Princess from 1985 to 1988, during the early childhood years of Prince Harry and Prince William
The 132 horsepower Ford Escort RS engine was driven by the then Princess of Wales in the 1980s
The Royal Protection Service had her change her red Ford Escort convertible because it gave her little privacy and no protection at the height of the IRA terror campaign
The stealthy black Escort RS Turbo was insisted by Diana and given a special “stealth makeover” by Ford’s Special Vehicle Engineering department.
It was equipped with an ordinary five-segment front grille, instead of the usual three, and a second protective officer’s rear-view mirror with a radio in the glove box.
But it still delivers blue striped RS badging and front fog lights.
It is believed that Ford provided a break from her official duties and would have used to meet girlfriends for lunch or nibble at the shops.
Much less glamorous than her later cars, the mother-of-two Diana ditched the Rolls-Royce and Daimler of the Royals for the humble Escort Turbo, pictured
Ford Escort interior, which is in pristine condition decades after its initial use over 35 years ago
The benches where Diana would have sat with a detective for protection while out and about seeing friends. Supposedly, the car was used for informal social occasions
The steering wheel of the Ford Escort RS Turbo – which was driven by the People’s Princess from 1985 to 1988
The back seats of the famous Ford, perhaps where Diana’s best friends sat for picnics with her
Silverstone classic car specialist Orwell Richards said: ‘We’ve sold a number of pedigree cars but this one excels everywhere in terms of history, rarity, condition and mileage. The market loves early Ford RS models.
Princess Diana was photographed getting into the car in 1986 wearing a chic fall suit and court shoes
When royal cars come to auction, they are usually Rolls-Royces or Range Rovers, so offering the best example of a sports hatchback to a working-class champ with this source is probably unique and therefore very exciting.
“Isn’t it great that the Escort RS Turbo is synonymous with the Essex white shoe but that the first champion was the most charming woman on earth?”
After Diana, the car was bought for £2,638 by Ford boss Jeff King for his wife.
In September 1993, it was part of a promotional giveaway by Kiss FM radio station and won by Miss Jones of Essex.
Then Mr. Windsor owned it from 1994 to 2008 before adding it to one of the UK’s best Ford RS ranges.
The Princess loved to go to labor and bought a silver Ford Escort Ghia as a gift by Prince Charles, Diana was famous for using the car during her days at nursery
The car was driven by the Princess with an investigator in the passenger seat during the years when the IRA was a greater threat to public safety
Ford was a “stealth copy” of Diana’s original Red Ford Escort, which had a retractable roof
The vintage car, driven by world icon Princess Diana, is a blast from the past but looks brand new in auction photos
With less than 25,000 miles on the clock, the car is in exceptional condition and comes with a lifetime tracker, a spare key, Ford interior notes, and vehicle registration documents.
Princess Diana is commonly depicted in another Ford, the 1981 Ford Escort Ghia Saloon that was up for sale at a recent auction as part of a specialty royalty auction after it had been out of sight for more than two decades.
This silver-colored Ford Escort Ghia was the car Prince Charles gave his fiancée as an engagement gift in May 1981, two months before the royal wedding and used it until August 1982.
Reportedly owned by a woman whose identity has been withheld, the condition of the vehicle has been improved including a silver frog amulet on the hood that was a copy of a gift from Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah Spencer, reminding her of the fairy tale. A beautiful girl turns a kissing frog into a prince.
The Ford car was estimated to fetch £40,000 at auction and sold for £47,000.
‘Ghost car’ 25 years after Diana’s death, with glossy black exterior in perfect condition
With less than 25,000 miles on the clock, the car is in exceptional condition and comes with a lifetime tracker