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1998 Bentley Arnage Green Label
Lot No.: 927
Registration: 7141 RU
Chassis Number: SCBLB51E5XCH01288
Engine Number: 50871679
Number of cylinders: 8
Year of Manufacture: 1998
Estimate (£): 18,000 - 23,000
The Bentley Arnage was launched in 1998, replacing the legendary Bentley Turbo R. 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 special twin-turbo version of the 4.4-litre BMW V8, which was developed by Vickers subsidiary, Cosworth Engineering.
When Aidan Barclay, the son of billionaire Sir David Barclay, and chairman of the Ritz Hotel, wanted a luxurious conveyance to glide around his myriad business addresses he naturally chose an Arnage. Bought new from H.R. Owen on the 9th June 1998, the accompanying invoice states the car was delivered in Bentley Black with a complementing black leather interior piped "Fireglow", slide and tilt sunroof, and a radio telephone. The service book and a number of letters and invoices within the history file show that Mr. Barclay fastidiously maintained the car up until its sale, at 9,560 miles, to its second owner in November 2009. The Arnage joined a modest private collection that included Bentley, Jaguar, and Alvis amongst others, and during his ownership was lightly used but regularly maintained. This owner decided to convert the car to run on LPG in the interests of economy and this was completed at a cost of some £3,000. This neat LPG adaptation makes a big difference to running costs and has recently been checked and certified.
Now being sold by its third owner after an unexpectedly brief period the car still presents very well indeed with the detailed history file including every previous MOT corroborating the incredibly low mileage of 25,500 miles. The car has a current MOT valid until October 2017, and the private registration "7141 RU" remains with the car.
This delightful Arnage has been serviced at the following intervals:
14/05/1998 H.R. Owen at 28 miles