The Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 1 driven by the late Princess Diana fetched a whopping £724,500 ($851,070) at auction at the Silverstone Racing Circuit in England on Saturday.
The Silverstone website describes the car as the last Ford Escort of the Princess of Wales and has 24,961 miles. It was owned by the Princess of Wales from 1985 to 1988.
The princess was often seen driving the car around Chelsea and Kensington, logging 6,800 miles before returning it to Ford. It is said that there was an owner.
The website makes no mention of the auction winner.
The RS Turbo Series 1 was normally made in white, but royal police guards asked Diana to be painted black “for discretion,” the auctioneer said.
Irwell Richards, a classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions, told Reuters earlier this week that it was “a very brave choice” for Princess to drive the car.
Next week marks the 25th anniversary of Diana’s death at the age of 36. Diana’s limousine crashes in a tunnel in Paris while chasing paparazzi on a motorcycle.
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