Princess Diana's old Ford Escort to be auctioned off on June 29


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The silver Ford Escort Ghia that was gifted to Princess Diana in May 1981. She used it until the birth of William in August 1982. — Photos: Reeman Dansie Auctions/PA Media/dpa

With 133, 500km (83, 000 miles) on the clock from trips to polo matches and other royal duties, an unassuming Ford Escort once owned and driven by Princess Diana is set to go under the hammer later in June.

Prince Charles gave the Ford Escort to his fiancee in May 1981, two months before their wedding, according to the auction house Reeman Dansie in the English town of Colchester.

The car, which bears the premium Escort badge Ghia, had disappeared from the public eye for 20 years and is now expected to sell for between £30, 000 and £40, 000 (RM175, 000 to RM232, 433) at the auction on June 29.


Needless to say, prospective buyers will be bidding for Lady Di's car, not just any old Escort Ghia, which can be bought elsewhere for as little as £1, 000 (RM5, 830) and with much less mileage.

The mother of Princes William and Harry, who died in a car crash in 1997, often drove the Escort to the polo matches of the heir to the British throne.

She used the silver-coloured 1.6l Ghia car until the birth of William in August 1982.

The frog emblem on the bonnet of Princess Diana's old Ford Escort Ghia.The frog emblem on the bonnet of Princess Diana's old Ford Escort Ghia.

With a frog emblem on the bonnet, the car still has its original number plate WEV 297W, as well as the original colour and seats.

The car initially belonged to an antique dealer, but was bought by its current owner around the year 2000. The Royals fan had rarely driven the car and only shared the secret of its origin with the family.

More than 20 years after her death, Princess Diana remains an extremely popular figure in Britain. Only last year, another former car of hers, an Audi Cabriolet, was sold for £58, 000 (RM338, 105).

Just days after the new auction, on her 60th birthday on July 1, sons William and Harry are to dedicate a statue of Lady Di in London. Both princes have given their daughters the name Diana as a first name. – dpa

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