1985 Ford Escort sells for 650,000 pounds…

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A 1985 Ford Escort, owned by the late Princess Diana from 1985 to 1988, has sold for 650,000 pounds…

 
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I remember them here in the U.S. without the extra headlights of course.
I also remember when Car & Driver Magazine did a "Pocket Rocket Shootout" in one issue with a host of little "run-a-bouts" in their most performance spec. I can't remember all of the cars in the test. However I do remember the winner being the 1st gen INTEGRA from ACURA.
 
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That car (and a decoy) were the only turbo escorts painted black. The rest were red.
 
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I betcha the new owner cant't drive the car because he/she will loose Princess Diana's fingerprints LOL :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:
 
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I remember them here in the U.S. without the extra headlights of course.
I also remember when Car & Driver Magazine did a "Pocket Rocket Shootout" in one issue with a host of little "run-a-bouts" in their most performance spec. I can't remember all of the cars in the test. However I do remember the winner being the 1st gen INTEGRA from ACURA.
You must be talking about this. Back when car magazines did comparisons for us work-a-day people. I love almost every car in this comparison. That Escort GT was hilariously overshadowed by what was available in Europe.

 
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My aunt owned an Escort RS from that same time period. When she was car shopping, my cousins "helped" her pick this trim level/option !! 😂 When we took it out driving, I remember telling them "this isn't like the Ford Escorts we have!".
 
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I have driven most of those cars back then and I can tell you that they all had their pros & cons.
If you've driven them back-to-back as Car & Drive did and myself as well, you'd see what they liked in the Acura Integra.
The engine was sweeter, rev'd higher & smoother making the car feel faster than it was and always wanted you to push it harder...and you could!
The HONDA engines back then seemed as though they had no rev limit and could climb to the moon. And they could do it without breaking.
When you would travel at hiwy speeds such as 70-80 mph, they also seemed as though they could radar blip to 100 mph all while feeling that they were only traveling half that speed due to their suspension design. Honda's were just different then compared to their direct competition.
Today, the competition is so much closer that there is little difference in the way one vehicle feels compared to the other.
 
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I have driven most of those cars back then and I can tell you that they all had their pros & cons.
If you've driven them back-to-back as Car & Drive did and myself as well, you'd see what they liked in the Acura Integra.
The engine was sweeter, rev'd higher & smoother making the car feel faster than it was and always wanted you to push it harder...and you could!
The HONDA engines back then seemed as though they had no rev limit and could climb to the moon. And they could do it without breaking.
When you would travel at hiwy speeds such as 70-80 mph, they also seemed as though they could radar blip to 100 mph all while feeling that they were only traveling half that speed due to their suspension design. Honda's were just different then compared to their direct competition.
Today, the competition is so much closer that there is little difference in the way one vehicle feels compared to the other.
The Integra definitely deserved the trophy in this group. The Cavalier, Sunbird and Shadow were fun, but just couldn't stack up to the quality and that sweet, rev-happy Honda powerplant. It was my dream car in high school, and I'd still love to have one.
 
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