This little Ford is worth at most 15,000. Why did someone pay 850,000 euros for it?

Would you come across a Ford Escort RS Turbo S1 like this one on the used market, then maybe 15,000 euros will be asked for it. So what’s the reason someone paid 850,000 euros for this black guy last weekend?

There can only be one reason for that ridiculous amount: this Ford Escort belonged to someone famous. And you can say that, yes, because in 1985 none other than Princess Diana received the keys. She broke with tradition somewhat, because most members of the English royal family were driven in Rolls-Royces or Daimlers. Diana preferred to steer herself, of course with someone from The Royalty Protection Command S014 in the passenger seat as security.

Only Ford Escort Turbo RS in black

Diana first drove a red Ford Escort 1.6i Cabriolet, but it was not considered safe enough by the S014 department, with its cloth roof. Diana had to buy a less striking car, but wanted the then just new Ford Escort Turbo RS. Ford’s PR department suggested building a unique black car (the RS was only available in white), with a non-RS grille (to be less noticeable), an extra rear-view mirror for the security guard and a radio transmitter. in the glove compartment.

This little Ford is worth at most 15,000.  Why did someone pay 850,000 euros for it?

Expected yield was a ton, but…

The special Escort Turbo RS was registered on August 23, 1985. Diana used it quite often in three years. When it was returned to Ford in May 1988, it had nearly 11,000 miles on the odometer. Since then, the RS has had four other owners. The counter is at just over 40,000 kilometers. Last weekend Diana’s Escort joined Silverstone Auctions under the hammer. The expected yield was a ton, but in the end someone paid 850,000 euros for the Ford.

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