2004 BENTLEY Arnage T Black Label

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2004 BENTLEY Arnage T Black Label

Background

Those who know their Bentley history will be familiar with the high-profile squabble between Volkswagen and BMW for the ownership of Bentley. The Arnage was launched in the midst of said altercation and had been in development long before its parent firm was forced to sell up to the Germans.

The feud for control of Rolls-Royce and Bentley was eventually settled in 1999, with VW taking over at Crewe, despite protests from BMW.

The Arnage had initially been powered by a BMW/Cosworth twin-turbo V8 engine, something that never sat happily with die-hard Crewe fans. That was all about to change as BMW were exceptionally unhappy with the loss of Bentley from their portfolio and threatened to withdraw its engine supply. This left VW little choice but to revert to the old L-Series Rolls-Royce V8 to power the Arnage.

With some heavy revisions, said engine in the Arnage T was fed compressed air by a pair of Garrett turbochargers. There was certainly life in the old pushrod 6.75-litre engine which now pumped out a scarcely believable 450bhp. This was enough to propel the bulbous Bentley from rest to 60mph in less than six seconds, whilst top speed was over 170mph.

Considering the Arnage’s considerable weight, the performance was mightily impressive. In fact, when the Arnage T was revealed in 2002, it was the world’s most powerful four-door saloon, and faster than anything that BMW, Mercedes-Benz or former stablemate Rolls-Royce produced.

In September 2006, leading motoring magazine Autocar said the following about the Arnage:

“It’s 48 years since the pushrod V8 engine was first used in the Bentley S2, but there is nothing antique about the way the Arnage reaches 60mph in 5.2 seconds or hits 179mph flat out. The big Bentley is a fluid and faithful handler whose 2,500kg weight proves to be an advantage. It tracks dead straight, which means you can place it with great accuracy, shaving hedges and apexes without a hint of putting a foot wrong. You can also see what’s coming from the Arnage’s lofty driving position in its glorious interior.”

And guess what, we have the pleasure to be offering for sale an Arnage T, a Black Label model no less.

The Vehicle

The lovely Arnage rolled down the production line at Crewe in February 2003 before being first registered in January 2004 in Dubai. It remained there until the latter part of the decade when it found its way back to the UK.

After some extensive maintenance was carried out by main dealers Bentley Pangbourne, the car was soon on its travels once again, this time on a much shorter journey to Holland and into the capable hands of our seller.

He has used the car extensively during his long period of ownership, with maintenance carried out by leading Dutch Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists Brabo in Hillegom.

Having covered just over 104,000 kilometres from new, and in very good order throughout, this highly desirable and usable premium saloon oozes class and elegance.

When it was new, it cost twice as much as a contemporary S-Class from Mercedes-Benz. It’s loaded with equipment too so expect to find electrically adjustable front seats, air conditioning and an Alpine satellite navigation system.

On the Outside

Our Black Label Arnage is painted of course in black, a notoriously unforgiving colour. Thankfully years of careful ownership, and much polishing, have ensured that the coachwork positively sparkles.

On closer inspection you will spot some stone chips, most noticeable at the front. You will also spot some grazes to both front and rear bumpers, but these should be simple enough to remedy should they be of any concern.

On the boot lid, you will spot some scratches close to the Bentley emblem, which hides the boot lock.

We have also noticed that on the lower left-hand side of the windscreen, there is an area of delamination.

The five-spoke alloy wheels give the Arnage T a sporting look. There are some chips and marks on them in places, but nothing a good alloy wheel repair specialist cannot sort out with ease. Pirelli P Zero premium tyres are fitted all round, each with ample tread. As we always like to point out, care and attention taken with tyres is usually a good indication of careful and considered classic car ownership.

On the Inside

Bentley has always made excellent interiors, using only the very finest leather and wood veneers.

There’s seating for four, each seat covered in magnolia hide and there’s scarcely a mark anywhere, save for some creasing and cracks to the driver’s seat.

The front pews offer the kind of comfort rarely found in any car and with electric adjustment, the ideal driving position is easy to find. The back seats offer space aplenty for two large adults to sprawl. There are even pop-up picnic tables, which is a nice touch.

The burr walnut dash has clearly been well looked after and the door cards and headlining are also in good order.

Instrumentation is plentiful, the dashboard being sensibly laid out for ease of use. No unnecessary distractions from the job of driving and driving fast if one is in the mood.

The boot is capacious and mostly mark free, with room for plenty of luggage, ideal for say a continental touring holiday. What a fine way to travel!

Underneath

We always include plenty of photographs of a car’s underside and that is of course the case here. There is a little surface corrosion to components in places, but with a good clean and the application of some underseal all should be well.

Lift the bonnet and that powerful V8 engine is sure to impress. Hand built, we doff our caps to P Brown, the engineer charged with the build. A plaque commemorates his good work!

We are told the Arnage drives as only a well-maintained Bentley can and it is all set to delight its lucky new owner.

History Highlights

The service book with the car shows the stamps confirming the initial services carried out whilst the car was in Dubai. Carried out by main agents Al Habtoor Motors, this is reassuring to see. The last service was in April 2007, the odometer then reading 44,650kms.

Once back in the UK, the Bentley was looked after by Bentley Pangbourne and there are invoices in our gallery which show what work was carried out.

Faults with the parking sensors and window motors were sorted out, and a new electric aerial was fitted.

As previously mentioned, our seller used specialists Brabo in his native Holland to look after the car and there are further invoices available to view in the picture gallery detailing all the work he had done.

What We Think

If you want to waft around in a luxury saloon with the performance to worry a supercar, then this Arnage Black Label is most definitely for you.

Coming from our seller’s long-term ownership, and with a raft of invoices showing work carried out in recent year, all that remains is for you to put in a bid.

We confidently expect the beautiful Bentley to sell for between 25,000 and 35,000 Euros.

Viewing is always encouraged. The car is located in Amsterdam, Holland. To arrange an appointment please use the ‘Contact Seller’ button at the top of the listing. You won’t be disappointed!

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If needed, Footman James classic car insurance and Classic Concierge offer storage options plus we have a list of contacts who can help with transport and shipping.  

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Seller

JaapE

  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 104449 km
  • Chassis Number: SCBLF34F83CX09471
  • Gearbox: auto
  • Steering position: LHD
  • Colour: Dark Blue
  • Interior: Beige
  • Estimated Price: €25,000 - €35,000

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