Princess Diana’s engagement gift from Prince Charles in 1981, a light gray sedan that became the property of a fan of royalty, was sold to a museum.
A Ford Escort that once belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales, was auctioned on Tuesday in the UK to a South American museum for just over 67,000 francs.
Lady Di had received this light gray sedan as an engagement gift from Prince Charles in May 1981, two months before their wedding in July.
On the hood is a silver frog, a copy of a mascot that had been given to the princess by her sister Sarah and that Diana kept when she sold the car.
Lady Di stopped using this car shortly after giving birth to Prince William in 1982, and the vehicle was later purchased for 6,000 pounds (7650 francs) by an antique dealer.
A 1981 silver Ford Escort 1.6L Ghia saloon once owned by the Princess of Wales has sold for £52,640 at Reeman Dansie Auctioneers in Colchester. The car was given to the then Lady Diana Spencer by the Prince of Wales as an engagement present before their marriage in July 1981 pic.twitter.com/1vfsCZNguE
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Since the early 2000s, she had belonged to a fan of the royal family who rarely drove her and never told her story to her friends.
The vehicle, which still bears its original registration and paint, and displays 83,000 miles on the odometer (approximately 134,000 km), was sold on Tuesday at an online auction by the house of Reeman Dansie auction, located in Colchester (east of England), for 52,640 pounds (67,000 Swiss francs), VAT and purchase premium included. It had been estimated in a range of 30,000 to 40,000 pounds (between 38,000 and 50,000 francs).
Lewis Rabett, of the auction house, said the buyer was a South American museum, without specifying which one, and that the car would be shipped there.
That this vehicle ends up in South America “is a testament to the level of global interest there has been in the car,” said Lewis Rabett, and proves the “lasting footprint” left by the princess.