Princess Diana’s Ford Escort engagement present from Prince Charles sells for £52,000 at public sale | UK Information

A Ford Escort as soon as owned by Princess Diana has been purchased by a museum in South America for over £52,000.

She was given the silver 1.6 Ghia saloon by the Prince of Wales as an engagement current in Could 1981, two months earlier than they married.

It turned well-known as a result of Diana usually drove it to observe Charles play polo.

Prince of Wales and his fiance Lady Diana Spencer, relaxing on a fence at Balmoral in 1981
Prince Charles and Diana at Balmoral in 1981

The bonnet includes a silver frog, a duplicate of the unique mascot given to the princess by her sister Sarah and which Diana saved when she bought the automobile.

The princess stopped utilizing the automobile quickly after giving delivery to Prince William in 1982 and it was later purchased for £6,000 by an antiques vendor.

It belonged to a royal fan for round 20 years, who drove it solely sparingly with out disclosing its historical past to her buddies.

The replica silver frog on the car's bonnet
The duplicate silver frog on the automobile’s bonnet

The automobile was bought in a web based public sale by Reeman Dansie Auctions, of Colchester, Essex, to a phone bidder for £52,640, together with VAT and the client’s premium.

The hammer worth was £47,000, exceeding the pre-auction estimate of £30,000 to £40,000.

Lewis Rabett, from the public sale home, mentioned the successful bid got here from a museum in South America and the automobile could be shipped there.

“The curiosity has been appreciable pre-auction,” he mentioned.

“Ending up in South America is testomony to the extent of curiosity globally that there is been within the automobile.

“It is also testomony to Diana and her enduring legacy.”

The automobile nonetheless carries its authentic registration, WEV 297W, in addition to its authentic paint and fabric, and has 83,000 miles on the clock.

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