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Princess Diana’s old car on show

The 1980 red Austin Mini-Metro

The 1980 red Austin Mini-Metro

A car once owned by Princess Diana can be seen for the first time in 20 years at an inaugural festival.

The 1980 red Austin Mini-Metro, a gift from Prince Charles, was affectionately known as the ‘courting car’.

It will form the centrepiece at the first Hagerty’s Festival of the Unexceptional in Whittlebury to celebrate an era of ‘ordinary cars’.

The Princess of Wales’ car will be among 50 on show at Whittlebury Park Golf Club for a light-hearted celebration of the most mundane British and European cars ever built.

Angus Forsyth, Hagerty International’s managing director, said: “The cars on display at the event represent the engine room of British automotive design and manufacturing.

“They are the much loved trinkets that have brought more joy to their owners than could possibly have been predicted.”

Cars from all corners of the country will join the Mini-Metro, including a 1960s Peel P50 - the three-wheeled microcar designed as a city car for greater manoeuvrability.

Tanya and Jason Field are bringing their Austin Maestro and their russet brown 1979 Mini Clubman Estate.

Tanya is in fact the granddaughter of the 7th Earl of Macclesfield, the original financial backer of William Morris who found the Morris Motor Company.

The festival takes place on July 26 and runs from 8.30am to 11am.

 

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