Lot 152 - 1994 Audi 80 Cabriolet
|Odometer reading||150,000 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
|Result||Sold - £11,200|
Twenty-year-old Diana became Princess of Wales when she married the Prince of Wales on 29 July 1981 at St Paul's Cathedral. The service was widely described as a 'fairytale wedding' and was watched by a global television audience of 750 million people while 600,000 spectators lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the couple en route to the ceremony. The Princess developed an intense interest in serious illnesses and health-related matters outside the purview of traditional royal involvement, including AIDS and leprosy. In recognition of her effect as a philanthropist, Stephen Lee, director of the UK Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers, said "Her overall effect on charity is probably more significant than any other person's in the 20th century." She was the patroness of charities and organisations, working with the homeless, youth, drug addicts, the elderly and, famously, landmines. From 1989, she was president of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children right up until her untimely death in 1997.
This Audi Cabriolet was loaned to the princess for her personal use by Dovercourt Audi of St John’s Wood, London. The car is registered L541 GJD but has been off the road in storage for the last eight years. Its current owner bought it in 2004 and used it as a family car until 2009, before storing it when the significance of the vehicle became more apparent. As The Princess of Wales, Diana was known for her charitable work, and was patron of more than 100 charities. According to sale notes “her choice of an Audi Cabriolet would well have been due to the car’s understated elegance combined with a powerful engine”. Very few cars are actually owned by the Royal Mews, apart from the limousines intended for state use, and most vehicles made available for “junior” royalty are provided by manufacturers hopeful of some beneficial exposure, and this Audi Cabriolet was no exception. The car has been captured in numerous press images showing the Princess stepping in and out of the Audi Cabriolet with the number plate clearly visible.
*Interested parties should note that the roof is non operational presently.
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