2006 Bentley Arnage Diamond Edition

HIGHLIGHTS


  • One of only 60 Diamond Editions, and 19 supplied to the UK
  • Original Bentley press and marketing demo car
  • Unique specification
  • Comprehensive service history


THE APPEAL


Introduced in 2006 to celebrate 60 years of manufacturing at Crewe, the Bentley Arnage T Diamond Edition was the ultimate in luxury derivatives of the sumptuous super saloon. 

A total of only 60 were made in the celebration specification, the majority of which were supplied in left-hand-drive to the USA market. 

19 were sold in the UK as right-hand-drive cars and this one is possibly the very first, as it was Bentley’s own, used for motor shows, marketing materials and latterly as a press demonstrator. 

It was originally PDI’d by Bentley Motor Cars Press and Special Car Support unit at Crewe, it was then serviced by them at 1,178 miles on 07-09-06 and 7,508 miles on 12-06-07 before being sold on to its first of four private owners.

It is finished in unique Windsor Blue with diamond pattern hide interior and Bentley insignias and a special limited-edition plaque.

The car was previously owned by two chauffeur drive companies, the current keeper - who owns a classic car company - intended to keep this car for his personal use and had several European trips organised, however due to a change in his health and an upcoming major operation this is no longer possible, therefore he very reluctantly has decided it must be sold.

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THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK


  • Originally Bentley owned
  • One of only 19 UK cars and 60 worldwide
  • Special car division PDI
  • All handbooks 
  • Verified genuine mileage
  • 11 stamps in service book stamped to 158k in 2022
  • Service invoices from renowned specialists
  • Over £2,500 recently spent
  • Two sets of keys
  • UK V5C 
  • Long MOT until September 2023
  • Two keys
  • Factory specification printout
  • Old MOTs
  • Over £6,500 spent on major mechanical overhaul in 2019
  • Build plaque
  • Registration number not included, will be on original DK56 HYA plates as seen in press articles
  • Full, clear HPI report showing only registration changes

THE INTERIOR


  • Box pleat Oatmeal leather
  • Windsor Blue secondary trim
  • Factory sat nav
  • Wool over mats
  • Oatmeal carpet
  • Flawlessly presented – the interior condition belies its mileage
  • Original tool kit beneath boot floor
  • Walnut picnic tables
  • Walnut fold-out rear table
  • Drinks chiller cabinet
  • Wood-insert steering wheel (special order)
  • Walnut inserts to all door cards
  • Electric sunroof 

THE EXTERIOR 


  • Special order Windsor Blue
  • Presents very well
  • 19-inch twin-spoke alloys unique to the model
  • Diamond edition Union Jack badges
  • Unique mesh grille and lower air intake
  • Upright Bentley B to radiator (both part of the Diamond Edition)
  • Nearly new tyres
  • Minor bubble around number plate plinth and boot badge
  • Small rust bubble to bottom corner of boot aperture
  • Some very light corrosion inside rear arches which the seller will rectify before sale
  • Small scuff to NSF bumper
  • Small marks and chips commensurate with age but still presents beautifully
  • Appears sound underneath with surface corrosion to some components – never welded

THE MECHANICS 


  • 6.75-litre twin turbo V8
  • 444bhp
  • Starts and runs perfectly
  • Super-smooth auto transmission
  • Impeccably maintained
  • Recent full service with over £2,500 spent earlier this year
  • Drives absolutely brilliantly with no evident issues

SUMMARY


Collectors are falling over themselves for the best of the Arnages – considered by many to be the last ‘true’ Bentley.  

This one is even more appealing because it’s such a rare and desirable example – one of just 19 UK-specification Diamond Editions that has been well-loved throughout its life and is presented in very good condition, and also the original Bentley press demonstrator

An absolutely gorgeous car in every respect.  


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2006
  • Make Bentley
  • Model Arnage Diamond Edition
  • Colour Windsor Blue
  • Odometer 159,569 Miles
  • Engine size 6750
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Location Essex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
13 bids from 6 bidders
  • th•••• £16,000 29/11/22
  • sa•••• £15,750 29/11/22
  • th•••• £15,500 29/11/22
  • Ja•••• £15,250 29/11/22
  • th•••• £15,000 29/11/22
  • Ja•••• £14,750 29/11/22
  • Pe•••• £14,500 29/11/22
  • Ja•••• £14,000 29/11/22
  • sa•••• £13,000 29/11/22
  • Da•••• £12,500 28/11/22

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