Princess Diana's silver 1981 Ford Escort Ghia saloon, which was gifted to her by Prince Charles as an engagement gift just two months before their wedding, is being sold.
Diana drove the car until August 1982, before it was sold to a private owner. Now, a "great admirer" of the princess, who largely kept the vehicle in pristine condition in a garage, is letting go of the treasure.
In a personal touch, People reports, the car also had a sweet detail: a silver frog mascot – a copy of a wedding gift to Diana from her sister, Lady Sarah Spencer. The frog symbolised the fairy tale story of the girl who would kiss a frog and turn him into a prince.
Lewis Rabett from Reeman Dansie auctioneers, says he believes the vehicle will sell for up to $55 000 (R745 000) on 29 June. Having been in the car himself, he adds: "It was very surreal to sit behind the wheel and think who would have been there at an early part of her life when she was young and before she went on to do all that she did in her unfortunately very short life."