Princess Diana’s custom Ford Escort RS hot hatchback is up for auction

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Princess Diana wasn’t just a blue blood, she was a blue oval fan.

The Royal liked to drive himself and had a penchant for Fords, not just luxury.

Prince Charles famously gifted her a Ford Escort Ghia economical car as an engagement gift in 1981, and she had several more examples of the model over the years, including a convertible and one that was a little more exciting than the rest.

In 1985 Diana ordered a Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 1, the hottest version of the hatchback available.

The Escort RS Series One was sold from 1985 to 1988.

The Escort RS Series One was sold from 1985 to 1988.
(Silverstone Auctions)

The RS had a five-speed manual transmission, sporty Recaro bucket seats, a snappy body kit and a 130 hp turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, which was considered quite powerful at the time. The low volume model is designed to homologate the Escort for: use in rally racing.

The car is equipped with sporty Recaro seats.

The car is equipped with sporty Recaro seats.
(Silverstone Auctions)

Ford further customized the car for her by swapping the grille for one of the standard Escort which had a more low-key style and painting the car black, while all the other 1985 Escort RS Turbo Series 1 cars were white.

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The 1.6-liter turbo engine has an output of 130 hp.

The 1.6-liter turbo engine has an output of 130 hp.
(Silverstone Auctions)

It is believed to be the only one factory built in that color and also updated with wiring for a walkie-talkie in the glove compartment for the security detail that traveled with her.

Princess Diana had a convertible Escort for the RS Turbo, but was advised to switch to a hardtop for safety reasons.

Princess Diana had a convertible Escort for the RS Turbo, but was advised to switch to a hardtop for safety reasons.
(Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Diana often saw him driving around with her children on board and kept him until 1988, when she gave it back to Ford with about 6,800 miles on the odometer.

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Diana was photographed driving the Escort with Prince William in the back seat.

Diana was photographed driving the Escort with Prince William in the back seat.
(Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

It was then sold to a Ford employee and later given away as part of a radio contest. The current owner bought it in 1994 and the mileage is now at 24,961 but a newbie will be able to increase that total soon.

Diana's car was equipped with a grille different from the standard model.

Diana’s car was equipped with a grille different from the standard model.
(Silverstone Auctions)

The car is ready offered by Silverstone Auctions at the upcoming event in England on August 27. While the Ghia sold for £47,000 last year, the auction house expects the RS to fetch more than £100,000, or about $122,000.

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Current record sales for a 1985 Escort RS Turbo stands at £60,000 in 2015, which was the equivalent of $130,000 at the time. That car was a standard white model that had only driven 5,568 miles.

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