Princess Diana's 1981 Ford Escort Ghia is on its way to auction

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Princess Diana's old 1981 Ford Escort Ghia is heading to auction. The car was an engagement present given to her by the Prince of Wales.

The current owner of the car has decided to part ways with this Escort after keeping it for 20 years. It is expected to fetch between ยฃ30,000 and ยฃ40,000 when it is listed at Reeman Dansie's Royalty, Antiques and Fine Art Sale in Essex on 29 June.

This silver Escort Ghia has all of its original registration documents along with 83,000 miles on the clock and still retains its original paintwork and upholstery.

Aside from the number plate, the other things which prove it was the Princess of Wales' car is the iconic silver frog mascot on the bonnet which was given to her by her sister, Lady Sarah Spencer. Also, a spokeswoman for the auction house said it confirmed the Royal provenance from the vehicle's history file, registration number and the many photographs of Princess Diana in the car.

Diana reportedly used the car up until August 1982, but it is not known what happened to it after that. Unfortunately, she was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

The current owner has been described as a "great admirer" of the princess and he kept this car a secret for all these years.

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Comments (5)

  • No.

      3 months ago
  • I get the royal pedigree however thatโ€™s a high price for an escort with a shockingly bad hood ornament. Each to their own I suppose. Personally a picture does the same job if you want that nostalgia as it is after all only an old escort!

      3 months ago
  • I prefer her Austin Austin Metro which currently has residence at the Coventry Transport Museum.

      3 months ago
  • Look out tabloids are going to be swarming

      3 months ago