Formerly the property of H.R.H. Diana, Princess of Wales - 1981 Ford Escort 1.6 Ghia, Registration WEV 297W. This was the car believed to have been given by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales to his fiancée as an engagement present in May 1981, two months before the Royal Wedding and used by the Princess until August 1982. It comes complete with a silver frog mascot on the bonnet, a copy of a gift from Diana's sister, Lady Sarah Spencer, to remind her of the fairy tale of a beautiful girl whose kiss turns a frog into a Prince. This important car has its original registration number, silver paint, blue velour upholstery, and even its original radio, just as the Princess would have known it when it was new. It has approximately 83,000 miles on the speedometer and has been carefully stored for a number of years by the current lady owner who has owned it for twenty years. She wanted to preserve its originality in tribute to its original owner whom she much admired. It has been carefully maintained whilst in storage and has had regular MOT tests. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a personal car that belonged to the late Princess Diana. She was regularly photographed driving this vehicle and even watched her husband play polo whilst sitting in it. This lot includes a large history comprising details of provenance, photographs of the Princess driving the car, related newspaper cuttings, V5 document, current MOT until March 2022.
Please note this lot is only subject to 12% buyers' premium inclusive of VAT.
Sold for £47,000
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Auction: Royalty, Antiques & Fine Art Sale, Tue, 29th Jun 2021
We are offering extended viewing for this sale and ask that you contact the office by telephoning 01206 754754 or by emailing email@example.com to book an appointment.
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Friday 25th June 9am until 5pm
Saturday 26th June 9am until 1pm
Monday 28th June 9am until 6pm
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no viewing available on the day or bidding in person, so please do not expect admittance to the saleroom
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