Bonhams | 2018-10-08 | Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum | Venue : Philadelphia, Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Lot No. : 122
Year : 2003
Engine Size : -
Estimate : US$ 25,000 - 35,000
US$ 24,640
Bentley Arnage T Sold


6,750cc Twin Turbocharged OHV V8 Engine
Fuel Injection
493bhp at 4500 RPM
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
Independent Front and Rear Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*A True Grand Tourer in the tradition of a W.O original design
*450hp Twin Turbocharged V8
*Owned by noted Bentley Enthusiast
*Maintained to a high standard
Emphasizing its racing heritage, Bentley Motors unveiled the new Arnage in April 1998 at Le Sarthe circuit, home of the Le Mans 24-Hour Race and scene of its greatest triumphs in the 1920s. Bentley, together with parent company Rolls-Royce Motors, was in collaboration with BMW at this time, and the Arnage was the first Bentley to benefit from the Munich firm's engine technology in the form of an all-new 4.4-litre 32-valve twin-turbocharged V8 power unit. However, Bentley's subsequent acquisition by Volkswagen resulted in a partial volte face, with the 'old' 6.75-litre push-rod V8 being reintroduced on some models, beginning with the Arnage Red Label that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1999. The BMW-engined car lived on as the Green Label, while the Red Label version boasted redesigned front suspension to cope with the heavier 'big block' engine, together with brakes of increased diameter. In addition, subtle alterations were made to the interior, resulting in 2 inches more legroom for rear seat passengers, while features that had previously been 'extras' (power-fold door mirrors, for example) were included as standard. Despite its older and simpler engine design, the Arnage Red Label amply demonstrated the truth of the old saying: 'there's no substitute for cubic inches'
This particular Bentley Arnage T was acquired by the consigner in 2009 from noted Southeastern Bentley dealer, Bentley Hight Point, in High Point, NC. Since that time, it has been used sparingly and serviced regularly. It has provided many years of comfortable weekend transport and has also been shown at RROC events on a few occasions. Included in the sale are its original owner's books.
Ask anyone who has ever driven in one, being behind the wheel of an Arnage T is a fantastic experience. The massive twin turbocharged V8 has an incredible amount of torque and will provide and effortless flow of power at speed. Although a big car, it will also seem to shrink around you on windy roads, a true GT car in the finest tradition.

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