In that it is not alone: the best examples of the nowadays highly sought-after fast Ford are valued around the £35,000 mark. Because of the Princess Diana connection, experts thought the black car might make £120,000 but no one dreamed it would sell for six times that.
“Not much shocks me these days in the classic and collector car market, but this sale price astounded me,” says John Mayhead of Hagerty whose Power List 2022 published earlier this year ranks what effect celebrity ownership has on classic car values. Diana came out as number one royal in that survey with cars she owned or used selling for an average of 813 per cent more than an identical car with no royal connection.
John Mayhead adds: “The UK Hagerty Price Guide values this model at an average of £35,400 for a totally concours, low-mileage, original car. The Diana-owned car sold for 2062 per cent of Hagerty’s top value.”
What value now we wonder on her equally beloved, equally photographed, 1994 Audi Cabriolet that sold in 2014 for just £47,000?
Images courtesy of Silverstone Auctions.