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From the Estate of Two-Time Gold Medal Olympian, Bob Richards

2002 Bentley Arnage Red Label

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  • Clean CARFAX®
  • 6.75-litre 400-HP V-8 engine with twin-turbochargers
  • The epitome of British luxury

VIN: SCBLF34F02CX08703

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Outfitted for Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee that same year and produced for the global market for an eye-watering $230,000 when it was new, the 2002 Bentley Arnage was the epitome of British luxury. This particular 2002 Bentley Arnage Red Label boasts twin-turbochargers and can lay claim to its own historic lineage. This attractive car hails from the estate of two-time Gold Medal Olympian, Bob Richards.

Upon release, the 2002 Bentley Arnage Red Label was an upgrade to the Arnage that debuted in 1998. The 6.75-litre V-8 engine was outfitted with twin-turbochargers that elevated the horsepower to a blistering 400 with a top speed of 170 miles per hour. Bentley's first new model since 1980, the Arnage catapulted the Bentley marque back to the apex of British luxury and this car is no exception inside and out. With Black Sapphire Metallic paint over sumptuous oatmeal and blue interior, this elegant British beauty is as posh as they come. VIN SCBCF34F02CX08703 has 55,482 original miles; the check engine light is on and could use a routine servicing. The car is titled to Bob Richards who competed in three Olympic games and won two gold medals in pole vaulting in 1952 and 1956. He was the first face of the Wheaties box, an ordained minister and also ran for President of the United States on the Populist ticket in 1984. This Bentley Arnage is quite possibly as impressive as the great man himself was over his 96-year lifetime.

Equipped with a sunroof, power and heated seats, factory navigation and a host of extras, this car is everything one could want in a luxury vehicle. The Black Sapphire Metallic paint, with a nuanced red stripe across the beltline, is trimmed in generous brightwork and is augmented by six-spoke chrome wheels with Bentley-crested centers. The overall curbside effect is imposing and the condition of the car presents incredibly well. The cabin is carefully trimmed out in total British luxury. The oatmeal leather is diamond tufted in the seat centers as well as the door panels; burl walnut graces the dash, console, door trim, and rear compartments behind the front seats. This cockpit takes beige to a whole other level with its blue carpeting, leather steering wheel and nuanced accents throughout. The interior's leather shows some mild patina, appropriate to its age, but the overall effect is one of elegant panache that transcends any luxury vehicle of its time.

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