Princess Diana’s custom Ford Escort RS hot hatchback is being auctioned

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Princess Diana was not only a blue blood, she was a blue oval fan.

The Royal loved doing the driving herself and had a penchant for Fords, and never simply the flamboyant ones.

Prince Charles famously gifted her a Ford Escort Ghia economic system automotive as an engagement current in 1981, and she or he had a number of extra examples of the mannequin through the years, together with a convertible and one which was a bit extra thrilling than the remainder.

In 1985, Diana ordered a Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 1, which was the most well liked model of the hatchback accessible.

The Escort RS Series One was bought from 1985 to 1988.
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The RS featured a five-speed guide transmission, sporty Recaro bucket seats, a racy physique package and a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 130 hp, which was thought of fairly potent within the day. The low-volume mannequin was designed to homologate the Escort to be used in rally racing.

The car features sporty Recaro seats.

The automotive options sporty Recaro seats.
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Ford additional personalized the automotive for her by swapping its grille for one from the usual Escort that had a extra low-key model and portray the automotive black, whereas all the opposite 1985 Escort RS Turbo sequence 1 vehicles had been white.


It's 1.6-liter turbocharged engine is rated at 130 hp.

It’s 1.6-liter turbocharged engine is rated at 130 hp.
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It is believed to be the one one constructed on the manufacturing unit in that shade, and was additionally up to date with wiring for a two-way radio within the glove compartment for the safety element that traveled along with her.

Princess Diana had a convertible Escort before the RS Turbo, but was advised to switch to a hard top for security reasons.

Princess Diana had a convertible Escort earlier than the RS Turbo, however was suggested to modify to a tough prime for safety causes.
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Diana was typically seen driving it round along with her youngsters onboard and stored it till 1988, when she returned it to Ford with round 6,800 miles on the odometer.


Diana was photographed driving the Escort with Prince William in the back seat.

Diana was photographed driving the Escort with Prince William within the again seat.
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It was then bought to a Ford worker and later given away as a part of a radio contest. Its present proprietor bought it in 1994 and the mileage is now at 24,961, however somebody new will be capable to add to that whole quickly.

Diana's car was equipped with a grille that's different than the standard model's.

Diana’s automotive was outfitted with a grille that is totally different than the usual mannequin’s.
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The automotive is set to be provided by Silverstone Auctions at its upcoming occasion in England on August 27. While the Ghia was bought for 47,000 kilos final 12 months, the public sale home expects the RS to go for over 100,000 kilos, or about $122,000.


The present document sale for a 1985 Escort RS Turbo stands at 60,000 kilos in 2015, which was the equal of $130,000 on the time. That automotive was a regular white mannequin that had been pushed simply 5,568 miles.

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