15th Mar, 2023 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Lot 115

2001 Bentley Arnage Le Mans Series
1 of just 62 RHD examples made

Sold for £20,700

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: MX51 NSN
Chassis No: SCBLC31E91CH0597
MOT: February 2024

  • Finished in special order Midnight Emerald Metallic with Barley and Spruce leather upholstery
  • Extensive history file complete with two stamped service books
  • Warranted 68,000 miles, quad exhaust pipes, vented front wings, bespoke speedo and rev counter etc.
  • Extras include a polished fire extinguisher, embroidered headrests, rear grab handles and power folding door mirrors

Launched to celebrate Bentley’s return to the famous La Sarthe circuit after a seventy-one year hiatus with the EXP Speed 8 (which won its class), the limited edition Arnage Le Mans Series was differentiated from its more commonplace Red Label sibling via wider wheelarches, special 18-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers, quad exhaust pipes, sports bumpers, vented front wings and Le Mans Series badging. Inside, the instruments bore bespoke Dark Green faces with ‘Le Mans Series’ logos to the speedometer, rev counter and centre console. ‘Winged B’ motifs adorned the door cappings and headrests, while a unique gear lever design and drilled pedals also featured. Powered by the same turbocharged 6.75 litre V8 engine (400bhp/619lbft) allied to automatic transmission as the Red Label, the limited edition model was similarly capable of 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds and 155mph (governed). Only 62 of the 153 Arnage Le Mans Series cars built were to right-hand drive specification.

Finished in special order Emerald Midnight Metallic with Barley and Spruce leather upholstery, chassis 06597 was supplied new via Ron Stratton & Co Ltd of Cheshire to local businessman Michael Smyth. Specified with a polished fire extinguisher, Sundym glass and power folding mirrors, the sports saloon was serviced at 9,502, 17,883, 20,617, 29,683, 38,167, 46,758, 52,494, 57,229, 59,232, 62,988, 64,963, 66,976 and 67,845 miles. Displaying a warranted 68,022 miles at the time of consignment, the Arnage has formed part of a private collection since April 2017. Covering less than 2,000 miles in the interim, it is described by the vendor as being in ‘very good overall’ condition with regards to its engine, transmission, electrical equipment, interior trim, bodywork and paintwork. The original bookpack is augmented by a continuation service book and most of the tools are present in the spare wheel. Kept garaged and on charge (the relevant C-Tek device is included), the sports saloon also comes with an expensive indoor cover and spare keys.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
07855 493737


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Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 15th Mar, 2023

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