An Audi Cabriolet used as the personal transport of Diana, Princess of Wales will go under the auctioneer’s gavel at the forthcoming Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show at Birmingham NEC.
Adored by the British public, the Princess was often photographed in the car as she made her way around various locations with its top often retracted. Audi later reported that sales had doubled once Diana was seen driving the car.
Diana used the car from March, when it was registered, until July when she gave it back to Dovercourt with just 4,000 miles on the clock. It wasn’t long before it was bought by political commentator, broadcaster and author Ian Campbell Dale who bought it on the spot once he knew of the car’s provenance. He promptly went on holiday in it.
After two years of ownership, the car changed hands again, its next owner, a neighbour to Kensington Palace, owned it for the next 17 years. In 2013 the car was again sold and still with very low mileage, it has been in a couple of private collections since.
With only 22,000 miles now registered on the speedometer and with the provenance that comes with the car, the Audi is sure to attract varied interest from around the classic car world. At the time this was probably one of the most photographed cars and is now being offered for £35,000 to £40,000 and includes a selection of images of Diana using the car.
Simon Langsdale Classic Car Auctions Specialist commented:
“This is a stunning car, one that is remembered by many of us of a certain age at the height of the Princess popularity.”
Viewing takes place on the 27th March between 10 am and 5.30 pm with the auction getting underway on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th from 12 pm.
More information on the auction can be found via this link.
This year’s Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show will include a new interactive ‘Classic World’ feature introduced as part of the three-day automotive event held 27-29 March at Birmingham’s NEC.