The Ford Escort, which was previously used by the late Princess of Wales when she was still married to Prince Charles, has been sold under the hammer for $72K.

AceShowbiz -A Ford Escort belonging to the late Princess Diana has been sold for over $72,000 (£52,000).

The vehicle was once owned by the late princess – who died in a car crash in August 1997 – after she was gifted it by the Prince of Wales as an engagement present in May 1981, two months before their wedding.

The silver 1.6 Ghia saloon has been bought by a museum in South America after it was put up for sale in an online auction by Reeman Dansie Auctions.

The telephone bidder offered $72,931 (£52,640) for the car – including VAT and the buyer’s premium – while the hammer price was $65,000 (£47,000).

Lewis Rabett – from Reeman Dansie Auctions – said, “The interest has been considerable pre-auction. Ending up in South America is testament to the level of interest globally that there’s been in the car. It’s also testament to Diana and her enduring legacy.”

The car – which featured a silver frog on the bonnet – still has its original registration, WEV 297W, and original paint and upholstery.

The princess was known to drive it to watch Prince Charles play polo, and she stopped using the car after giving birth to Prince William in 1982.

It was later bought by an antiques dealer for $8,300 (£6,000), and belonged to a royal fan – who only drove it sparingly – for around two decades. It has 83,000 miles on the clock.

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