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WILL BATE

 1979 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II in Le Mans Blue - SRH36068

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2007 Bentley Arnage T in Silver Tempest - CH12254

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Bentley Arnage T 2007​

Reg: CU56 PYA

Colour: Silver Tempest

VIN:  SCBLF45F87CH12254

Delivery date:  2007-01-24.  Production Date 2006-12-19. Ordered by Bentley Essex, from now-defunct dealer Jardines. 

Cost options: Arnage T Sports Combination (Level 2).  Small Rear Window. Flying 'B' Radiator Mascot.  2 Hide Cocktail Compartments to Lower Front Seat Backs. Top Roll - Two-tone. Burr Oak Veneer.  Veneered Picnic Tables.  Wood & Leather Steering Wheel.  DVD System In Rear Compartment With Screens to Front Headrests.  TV Reception. 

 

Non-Standard Features: Aluminium Inserts To Fascia 7 Waistrails. 

Standard Features:  Mulliner Inscription On Tread Plate.  Diamond Quilted Seat Facings With Embroidered Bentley Marque Emblems.  Diamond Quilted Door Trim.  2 Umbrellas To Luggage Compartment.  Jewel Filler Cap.  Main Hide - Magnolia.  Secondary Hide - Slate.  Seat Belts - Porpoise.  Carpets - Granite.  Shade Bank to Windscreen.  

Powertrain: 19" Five Spoke Two-Piece Allow Wheels - Polished

V8 6.8L/500bhp (373Kw) 16V Twin Turbo.  98 Ltr Fuel Tank.  Pirelli Tyres 255/45ZR 19" 104Y.   Six-Speed Automatic Transmission.  Short Suspension/Shock Absorption.  Power-Assisted Speed Sensitive Steering.  Quad Exhaust Tailpipes & Revised Rear Bumper. 

History:

I purchased the car in June of 2017 from a specialist classic car dealer in Bodmin, Cornwall.  The last owner kept the car for three years and was fastidious about its care.   Prior to 2014, we have heard that the car was owned by a fish merchant on the coast in the South West.  Aside from that, we have little further history.  Owing to the high spec of the car, it is possible that it was a demonstrator. 

Being a 2007 car, it includes the last Arnage updates, including a 6-speed box, 500bhp and 738lb/ft torque from the twin-turbo V8, 6.75 Litre.  0-60 comes up in just 5.2 seconds and the top speed is 179 mph.   With mixed driving, the car typically returns 15mpg and can cover a distance of about 300 miles if driven with care. However, town driving in London returns about 9mpg and the car runs on Super Unleaded.  

The car has several special factory fit features, two of which are the small rear window and two cocktail cabinets in the rear.    

To date, the longest journey I have made in the car was a trip to the South of France.   

Click here for an interesting weblink to an external website;  myautoword.com,  about the 2007 upgrade.

2006 model year Bentley Arnage sales brochure

1953 Bentley R Type

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Bentley R Type standard steel sports saloon, 1953.

 

Reg: SLG 137. Chassis No: B167UL. 

Colour:  Tudor over Shell Grey.  Interior: St James Red Leather.  

Powertrain: Automatic 4 speed.  6 Cylinder 4.6 Ltr. 

 

History:

The first owner from 1953 to 1956 was Rolls-Royce.  The car has been in my family since about 1980 and in 2013 I bought a 1/2 share in the car.  

As the car was run by Rolls-Royce for the first three years of its life, it benefitted from modifications added to later cars.  She retains her original Crewe registration number.   

Recent works have included a major re-spray in 2016. Engine work in 2018 - when the head of the engine was removed for the first time since assembly in 1953 due to a worn exhaust valve.  The engine work has made a big improvement in the performance of the car.     

The car is four-speed automatic and is a real joy to drive.  In most cases, parking the R type is easier than parking the Arnage T due to its smaller size.  The lack of power steering assistance can be tricky if boxed into a tight space.  On the plus side, having no power steering provides a wonderful sense of real connection to the road. 

Previously Owned:

2015 Bentley Mulsanne in Dragon Red

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Previously Owned:

2004 Bentley Continental GT

Bentley Continental GT

Reg: W6 GTT

VIN:  SCBCE63W44C021927

Year: 2004

Powertrain:  W12 6 Litre 4 wheel drive. 

History

This car was purchased new from Jack Barclay in London by a close friend.  I purchased it from him in March 2015 and owned the car for about 18 months.  I replaced it with a new Mercedes S350d AMG Line. It wasn't long before I missed power and capability of the GT!  

  

The car suffered from water ingress problems owing to it living outside.  Even our more modern club cars seem to need the care of a nice dry garage.   

 

A fantastically quick and capable car and one that I wish I'd have kept.