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Diana's first Ford Escort - Rod Gilchrist

Features | By Rod Gilchrist

Fit for a princess: Diana and her Ford

Her royal runabout has been sold for a fortune. Roderick Gilchrist recalls the day he bought the car and roared down the M1 in it

I had to laugh when I read that Princess Diana’s old Ford Escort Ghia has just been sold at an Essex auction for £52,000. The last time I saw the royal runabout, I was strapped into the passenger seat, terrified for my life. I was hurtling at 100mph down the M1 in the early hours of the morning in the teeth of a storm, being driven by Lord Rothermere’s chauffeur, affectionately known to all as Maltese Joe. ‘For God’s sake, Joe,’ I yelled above the crack of thunder, ‘You’ll smash the car and we’ll both be killed. Diana wouldn’t want that.’ ...

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