Ford Escort RS Turbo S1 1985 – UK

Ford Escort RS Turbo to topowa wersja modelu. Dziś nazwalibyśmy go hot hatchem, ale w latach 80. był czymś więcej – wymaganą, produkcyjną wersją homologacyjną samochodu rajdowego z grupy A. Do sprzedaży wszedł na początku 1985 roku. Ze względu na duży popyt zamiast 5000 powstało łącznie 8604 egzemplarzy, prawie wszystkie w kolorze Diamentowej Bieli. Tylko jeden samochód był wykończony na czarno: Escort przygotowany specjalnie dla Lady Diany. Podczas gdy członkom rodziny królewskiej oferowano wybór Rolls-Royce’ów i Daimlerów, księżna Walii, zdecydowanie wolała siedzieć za kierownicą własnego samochodu. Escort RS Turbo S1 trafił do Wydziału Inżynierii Pojazdów Specjalnych, aby dostosować go do wymogów bezpieczeństwa. Ponieważ Lady D. nie mogła jeździć sama, w schowku zamontowano radio dla oficera ochrony, który miał zamontowane również dodatkowe lusterko. Po przejechaniu około 6800 mil, Ford został sprzedany Geoffowi Kingowi, kierownikowi rządowego działu sprzedaży, do użytku jego żony. W 2008 roku auto przykuło uwagę właściciela jednej z najlepszych kolekcji Forda RS w Anglii, który kupił go od niejakiego Mr Windsora, który był właścicielem auta od 1 listopada 1994 roku. Dziś Ford Escort RS Turbo S1 ma zaledwie 24961 km przebiegu, co naturalnie pasuje do wyjątkowego stanu i szczególnej historii pojazdu. Niezwykły samochód, w niezwykłym stanie i z niezwykłą historią właścicielską… cóż, nie może być tanio… Aukcja online rozpocznie się w sobotę, 27 sierpnia. Jak myślicie, cena poszybuje w stratosferę?


The Classic Sale at Silverstone 2022 The Diana,
Princess of Wales 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo S1,

Ordered and specified for the late Diana, Princess of Wales, her last Ford Escort, and offered with just 24,961 miles from a Private Collection.

GUIDE PRICE: Offered Without Reserve
+ buyers premium of 12.5% plus VAT (15% incl VAT) on the first £300,000 of the hammer and 10% plus VAT (12% incl VAT) thereafter

Make: FORD
Registration Number: C462 FHK
MOT Expiry: 06/07/2023
Chassis Number: WF0BXXGCABFA81486
Engine Number: FA81486
Body Colour: Black

Ordered and specified for the late Diana, Princess of Wales, her last Ford Escort, and offered with just 24,961 miles from a Private Collection.

Whilst the Royal Mews provided a selection of Rolls-Royces and Daimlers, the late Diana, Princess of Wales far preferred to be at the wheel of her own car, albeit with a detective in the passenger seat, a member of The Royalty Protection Command (SO14). Princess Diana was a city girl at heart and nipping to the shops or meeting girlfriends for lunch, at the wheel of her own car was perhaps seen as a welcome break away from the police outriders flanking an armoured Rolls-Royce, and the attention it drew.

It’s said that the Ford Escort 1.6i Cabriolet in Red, that was to be Princess Diana’s second Escort, was deemed to be unsuitable by S014, as the manual canvas roof offered little privacy in a hurry and zero protection. Encouraging the purchase of a stealthier car, Her Royal Highness was insistent on the new Escort Turbo RS, and the Ford PR department suggested making a black RS Turbo the first example of the then current range of all-white cars on sale. The car is believed to be unique as the first and only black RS Turbo Series 1.

The Special Vehicle Engineering department was tasked to paint the car and fitted a regular five-slat front grille to assist in the „stealth makeover” and a secondary rear view mirror for the protection officer with a radio in the glove box, the cable for which is still visible today. Registered on the 23rd August 1985, this RS Turbo Series 1 and its famous driver were to be extensively photographed outside the boutiques of Chelsea and the restaurants of Kensington over the next few years. One press photo shows the future King, HRH Prince William, sat in the back with his mother smiling at the wheel.

It is unknown why this was to be the Princess’ last Escort as the RS Turbo RS Series 2 was launched shortly afterwards and the model was clearly held in high regard by the Princess. Perhaps parallels could be drawn with the RS Turbo’s reputation as the People’s Sports Car and the honorific of People’s Princess bestowed by the British public on Princess Diana. The RS Turbo was never intended to be driven by the future Queen and was inconceivable as transport for the future King William, it remains the most daring choice of class-dividing motorcar by any member of the Royal Family since.

Following the car’s return to the Ford Motor Company in May 1988 with some 6,800 miles on the odometer, it was sold internally to Geoff King, the manager of the company’s Government Sales department, for his wife’s use. The car was later used as part of a promotional giveaway by Kiss FM in September 1993, and won by a Miss Jones of Essex with a then odometer reading of some 12,000 miles. In 2008, the car caught the eye of the custodian of one of the best Ford RS collections in the country who purchased it from the appropriately named Mr Windsor, who had owned the car since 1st November 1994. Today the car’s low mileage of just 24,961 is naturally matched by its exceptional condition and detailed history file.

The car’s history file has been meticulously archived and copy internal memos from the Ford Motor Company confirms the „re-plating” of the registration number, as is common with ex-Royal cars, when it was returned to Ford in May 1988. Further documentation from the DVLA show the successful re-registration of the car back to „C462 FHK” in later years. The file contains dozens of MOTs confirming the mileage and the car has a Lifetime Tracker fitted which can be transferred to the new owner, plus a spare key, RS Owners Club documentation, maintenance receipts, aforementioned Ford Motor Company internal memos, newspaper clippings, glossy photographs of Princess Diana using the car and period registration documents.

Notwithstanding its very special provenance, this Escort RS Turbo Series 1 is an outstanding example in its own right, subject to nut and bolt detailing to a Concours standard. Of serious consideration for so many reasons, we welcome any inspection of the car and its history file.