Princess Diana’s much-loved Ford Escort RS is up for sale – 25 years after her death

Princess Diana’s favorite car is up for sale 25 years after her death.

The Ford Escort RS was driven by 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 90s, it was privately owned for several years before becoming part of the Ford RS collection, where it is kept in ‘top condition’.

Much less flashy than her later cars, Diana, the mother-in-law of two, for a time left the Royals’ Rolls-Royce and Daimler for a modest escort and was often pictured driving it in London.

Silverstone auction classic car specialist Arvel Richards told FEMAIL: ‘We would not be surprised if it exceeds £100,000.’

Princess Diana driving a Ford Escort in the car seat with Prince William in June 1986.  The royal car is expected to fetch six figures at auction this month.

Princess Diana driving a Ford Escort in the car seat with Prince William in June 1986. The royal car is expected to fetch six figures at auction this month.

After winning in a radio station competition in the 90s, the car pictured was privately owned for several years before becoming part of the Ford RS collection, where it is kept in 'top condition'.

After winning in a radio station competition in the 90s, the car pictured was privately owned for several years before becoming part of the Ford RS collection, where it is kept in ‘top condition’.

The stealthy, black-coloured Escort RS Turbo was thrust upon by Shahi and given a special

The royal emphasized the stealth, black-painted Escort RS Turbo and was given a special “stealth makeover” by Ford’s special vehicle engineering division.

The car was driven by the princess with a spy in the passenger seat. It will go under the hammer on August 27th at the Silverstone auction at Leamington Spa.

The auctioneers continued: ‘Similarities can be drawn with the RS Turbo’s reputation as a People’s Sports Car and the People’s Princess honor bestowed by the British public to Princess Diana.

The ‘RS Turbo was never designed to be driven by the wife of another in line for the British throne nor to transport a future king.

‘We note with interest that Dyna’s choice of later luxury cars may be more expensive when new, but the Ford Escort RS Turbo outperforms them at auction, in some cases at three times the price of the equivalent model. For sale.’

The 132 horsepower Ford was a replacement for its previous Escort – which was red and had a canvas folding roof.

SO14, the Royal Security Service, made her this change because it gave her little privacy and no security.

The car was given a royal makeover by Ford's engineers during the '80s to protect the Princess

The car was given a royal makeover by Ford’s engineers during the ’80s to protect the Princess

The historic hot hatch was operated by the People's Princess from 1985 to 1988 during the early years of Prince Harry and Prince William's childhood.

The historic hot hatch was operated by the People’s Princess from 1985 to 1988 during the early years of Prince Harry and Prince William’s childhood.

The engine of the 132 horsepower Ford Escort RS, driven by the then Princess of Wales in the 80s

The engine of the 132 horsepower Ford Escort RS, driven by the then Princess of Wales in the 80s

The Royal Security Service replaced him with his red convertible Ford Escort because it gave him little privacy and no protection at the height of the IRA's terror campaign.

The Royal Security Service replaced him with his red convertible Ford Escort because it gave him little privacy and no protection at the height of the IRA’s terror campaign.

The stealthy black Escort RS Turbo was emphasized by Dyna and given a special ‘stealth makeover’ by Ford’s special vehicle engineering division.

It was given a regular five-slat front grille instead of the usual three, and a second rear view mirror for the security officer with a radio in the glove box.

But it was still offered with blue RS striped decals and front fog lamps.

It is believed to have provided the Ford a break from its official duties and was used to meet girlfriends for lunch or to take a nap in the stores.

Much less flashy than her later cars, Diana, the mother-in-law of two, abandoned the Royals' Rolls-Royce and Daimler for the modest Escort Turbo, pictured

Much less flashy than her later cars, Diana, the mother-in-law of two, abandoned the Royals’ Rolls-Royce and Daimler for the modest Escort Turbo, pictured

The interior of the Ford Escort, which is in pristine condition decades after its initial use 35 years ago

The interior of the Ford Escort, which is in pristine condition decades after its initial use 35 years ago

The seats on which Diana used to sit outside with a spy and watch friends for safety.  It is believed that the car was used for more casual social occasions.

The seats on which Diana used to sit outside with a spy and watch friends for safety. It is believed that the car was used for more casual social occasions.

The steering wheel of the Ford Escort RS Turbo - which was driven by the People's Princess from 1985 to 1988

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, probably where Diana's close friends sat on outings with her

The back seats of the famous Ford, probably where Diana’s close friends sat on outings with her

Silverstone Auction Classic Car Specialist Arwell Richards said: ‘We have sold many motorcars that have Royal pedigree but this car ticks every box in terms of history, rarity, condition and mileage. The market likes the early Ford RS models.

Princess Diana as seen while sitting in the car in 1986, wearing a chic autumn ensemble and court shoes

Princess Diana as seen while sitting in the car in 1986, wearing a chic autumn ensemble and court shoes

‘When Royal cars are auctioned they are usually Rolls-Royce or Range Rovers, so to present the best example of a working class hero sports hatchback with such provenance is perhaps unique and therefore very exciting .

‘Isn’t it fascinating that the Escort RS Turbo was synonymous with the white stilettos of Essex, but that it was the first champion to be the most glamorous woman on earth?’

After Diana, the car was bought by Ford’s manager Geoff King for his wife for a modest £2,638.

In September 1993, it was part of a promotional gift by radio station Kiss FM and was won by Miss Jones of Essex.

It was owned by Mr. Windsor from 1994 to 2008 before being added to one of the best Ford RS collections in the UK.

The princess had a love for Ford and was bought as a gift by Prince Charles a Ford Escort Ghia in silver, the car was famously used by Diana while working in the nursery

The princess had a love for Ford and was bought as a gift by Prince Charles a Ford Escort Ghia in silver, the car was famously used by Diana while working in the nursery

The car may have been driven by a princess with a spy in the passenger seat during years where the IRA was a major threat to public safety.

The car may have been driven by a princess with a spy in the passenger seat during years where the IRA was a major threat to public safety.

The Ford Dyna was a 'stealth version' of the original red Ford Escort, with a folding roof

The Ford Dyna was a ‘stealth version’ of the original red Ford Escort, with a folding roof

The vintage car, driven by global icon Princess Diana, is a blast from the past, but looks brand new in auction photos

The vintage car, driven by global 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 internal memos and the car’s registration documents.

Princess Diana was usually pictured at another Ford, the 1981 Ford Escort Ghia Saloon, which was up for auction as part of a specialist royalty auction after disappearing from public view for more than two decades.

The Ford Escort Ghia in Silver was the car that Prince Charles gave to his fiancé as an engagement in May 1981, two months before the Royal Wedding, and was used by him until August 1982.

It was reportedly owned by a woman whose identity was withheld, and she maintained the condition of the car, including a silver frog mascot on the bonnet, which was a copy of a gift from Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah Spencer. , to remind him of the fairy tale kiss of a beautiful girl whose kiss turns a frog into a prince.

It was estimated that the Ford would fetch up to £40,000 at auction and was sold for £47,000.

'Stealth car' portrait, 25 years after Diana's death, in excellent condition with glossy black exterior

‘Stealth car’ portrait, 25 years after Diana’s death, in excellent condition with glossy black exterior

With less than 25,000 miles on the clock, the car is in exceptional condition and comes with a Lifetime Tracker

With less than 25,000 miles on the clock, the car is in exceptional condition and comes with a Lifetime Tracker

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