Princess Diana’s 1980s Ford Escort fetches $764,000 at auction

LONDON — A car driven by Princess Diana in the 1980s sold for 650,000 pounds ($764,000) at auction on Saturday, days before the 25th anniversary of her death.

Silverstone Auctions said there was “fierce bidding” for the black Ford Escort RS Turbo before the sale closed.

The unnamed British buyer paid a 12.5% ​​buyer’s premium on top of the sale price, according to the classic car auction house.

Britain and Diana’s admirers around the world are gearing up to mark a quarter of a century since her death. She died in a high-speed car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997.

Diana drove the Escort from 1985 to 1988. She was photographed with it outside shops in Chelsea and restaurants in Kensington. She preferred to drive her own car, with a member of her security team in the passenger seat.

The RS Turbo Series 1 was usually made in white, but it made it in black to be more discreet. Ford also added features for its safety, such as a second rearview mirror for the protection officer.

The car has just under 25,000 miles.

Last year, another Ford Escort used by Diana sold at auction for 52,000 pounds ($61,100).

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