She used to drive this specific Audi 80 Cabriolet at the height of her popularity, becoming one of the most photographed cars during that period. The German company later admitted that sales of the model doubled once Diana was seen driving their open top model.
This Audi Cabriolet then is clearly more of a celebrity status matter than a genuine collectible but it remains preserved in a beautiful condition, having covered just 22,000 miles since new. Royal fans will also point out that the German convertible was also used to transport the future King.
Power comes from a naturally aspirated 2.3-liter five-cylinder engine that produces 131 HP (133 PS) and 137 lb-ft (186 Nm) of torque and is paired to a four-speed automatic transmission.
Following its tenure at the hands of Princess Diana, this 80 Cabriolet was bought by Ian Campbell Dale, an English broadcaster and publisher before changing hands multiple times as a member of various private collections.
“This is a stunning car, one that is remembered by many of us of a certain age at the height of the Princess popularity,” said Simon Langsdale, Classic Car Auctions Specialist.
The 80 Cabriolet with the famous past is heading to the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show Sale 2020 in Birmingham, UK on March 28, and is estimated to be sold between £35,000 and £40,000 ($46k and $52k in current exchange rates), making it possibly one of the most expensive Audi 80 Cabriolets ever. Mind you, this isn’t the first time that Princess Diana’s former car has been put up for auction, as it was listed in 2016, when auctioneers estimated its value between £50,000 and £60,000.