Princess Diana’s custom Ford Escort sells at auction for more than $850,000

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Princess Diana’s custom 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 1 car sold at auction Saturday for more than $850,000.

Ordered and made especially for the late Princess of Wales, the black hatchback vehicle was only used for a few years until it was returned to the manufacturer with less than 6,800 miles on the odometer.

“The car is considered unique as the first and only black RS Turbo Series 1,” said the Silverstone auction house.

PRINCESS DIANA’S CUSTOM FORD ESCORT RS HOT HATCHBACK GETS SECURE

Princess Diana’s custom Ford Escort (seen in 1986) sells for over $850,000 at auction.
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She owned the two-door vehicle that started in 1985, while married to Prince Charles and the famous Prince William was driving around town in the backseat.

The Escort was equipped with a regular five-louver grille to “assist with the stealth makeover and a secondary rear-view mirror for the security guard with a radio in the glove box.”

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The vehicle covered a few thousand more miles under different owners before being returned to the manufacturer for a total of 24,961 miles.

The 130 horsepower five-speed manual provided a quick ride and sold for £724,000.

Princess Diana's 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo S1 at the Silverstone Auctions

Princess Diana’s 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo S1 at the Silverstone Auctions
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“Despite its very special provenance, this Escort RS Turbo Series 1 is an excellent example in its own right, subjected to nut and bolt details to a Concours standard,” added Silverstone.

Diana died tragically after a vehicular collision in Paris, France, with friend Dodi Fayed, nearly 25 years ago on August 31, 1997. She was 36 years old at the time of her death.

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She was operated on for two hours at La Pitie Salpertiere hospital, but doctors couldn’t stop her heart beating. She died of internal bleeding from the injuries.

Her full name was Diana Frances Spencer.

Princess Diana's full name was Diana Frances Spencer.  She died on August 31, 1997 after a collision with a vehicle in Paris.

Princess Diana’s full name was Diana Frances Spencer. She died on August 31, 1997 after a collision with a vehicle in Paris.
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She was previously known as Lady Diana Frances Spencer, but after her marriage to Prince Charles she became Diana, Princess of Wales.

While married to Prince Charles from 1981-1996, she gave birth to two sons, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and… Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.

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Ashlyn Messier of Fox News contributed to this report.

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