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The Bentley Arnage was launched in 1998, replacing the legendary Bentley Turbo. Built by Bentley Motors in Crewe from 1998 to 2009, the Arnage and its Rolls-Royce sibling the Silver Seraph were introduced in the Spring of 1998 and were the first entirely new designs for the two marques since 1980 when the Silver Spirit and Mulsanne models were introduced. The new Arnage was to be powered by a BMW V8 engine with Cosworth-engineered twin-turbo chargers and was designated the 'Arnage Green Label' and the Seraph was to employ a BMW V12 engine. The far superior 'Arnage Red Label' was launched in October 1999 and the engine reverted back to the iconic Rolls-Royce derived 6.8-litre V8 power plant.

Bentley launched the Arnage 'Le Mans Edition' to celebrate their return, after seventy-one years, to racing at Le Mans. Only sixty-two Arnage Red Label Le Mans Editions were ever produced in right-hand drive. Discreet external styling details were unique to this limited run including quad exhaust pipes, ducting vents in the front wing, wider wheel arches, sports bumpers, "Le Mans Series" badges on the front quarter panel and five spoke sport wheels. Internally "Le Mans Series" lettering was embossed on the speedometer and rev counter, dark burr walnut with Bentley wings etched in intricate detail and inlaid into the waist rails of the doors as well as into the dashboard.

Resplendent in ‘Silver Storm', one of just three 'Le Mans Edition' colours, the interior is very special with cream leather piped in blue, blue leather on the dashboard top roll and steering wheel sections and dark blue lambswool carpets. This 2001 example boasts a full Bentley main dealer service history with ten stamps, nine by H.R Owen Bentley, Hadley Green and the last by Harwoods Bentley, Hampshire. The chassis number corresponds with the letter codes for the Le Mans Edition. The condition belies the 67,320 miles and the car has been in regular, but light use, as part of our vendor's wedding car business since 2012, waxed and polished more than most cars.

The service intervals are as follows:

28/01/02 - Bentley Hadley Green - 10,114 miles
9/10/02 - Bentley Hadley Green - 19,650 miles
20/05/03 - Bentley Hadley Green - 29,177 miles
24/01/04 - Bentley Hadley Green - 40,081 miles
14/01/05 - Bentley Hadley Green - 50,884 miles
14/01/07 - Bentley Hadley Green - 53,062 miles
20/10/10 - Bentley Hadley Green - 56,323 miles
11/11/11 - Bentley Hadley Green - 59,233 miles
18/06/12 - Bentley Hadley Green - 63,404 miles
09/04/15 - Bentley Hampshire - 66,544 miles

This car offers fabulous value in terms of road presence, luxury and performance attached to a great number plate. With just three owners, four new tyres and an MoT until February 2017 what a great opportunity to own a car that celebrates the success of the "Bentley Boys".


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