Low Mileage Red Label: 2000 Bentley Arnage – SOLD!
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July 16, 2022 Update – We just confirmed the private seller just lowered their asking price by a significant nine large from $45,000 to $36,000. Time will tell on whether the now under-forty ask will help this Bently find a new home.
Ah, old luxury cars: do they make sense as a second or third enthusiast-vehicle buy? I’m not sure, but I certainly know there’s a large contingent of buyers who believe an early 2000s Bentley is a car worth having in your garage. Bentley was the more sporting of the Rolls-Royce family tree, and the Red Label was the hot ticket if you wanted a Bentley that could rip a burnout. The seller’s car is a 2000 model with under 50,000 miles listed here on Craigslist in Central New Jersey for $36,000 (the original ask was $45,000). Comparing that price against the Classic.com model guide shows us that the seller is slightly above the average sale price at the moment, which is listed at $33,869:
The seller claims his car is meticulously maintained, so perhaps it’s worth the premium in this case. If you are serious about buying this handsome Red Label sedan, you can start the conversation by emailing the seller here. When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their Bentley featured here on GuysWithRides.com.
There are a few reasons why the Red Label Arnage is the one to buy if you want to own a Bentley. For one, this is the performance model – in other words, just like there’s an SVT badge on every Ford Lightning pickup, the Red Label told luxury car shoppers they were buying the ultimate spec in the Arnage lineup. The engine is another attractive feature, as this model debuted about when Volkswagen invested heavily in its latest acquisition. As such, the Green Label model – another trim level for the Arnage – was offered with a BMW-derived V8. In some ways, this engine may be easier to live with over the long term due to general parts availability and the number of technicians who are familiar with the powerplant but to experience Bentley ownership in its purest form, most brand purists would encourage you to find a model with the venerable 6.75 liter and equipped with a Garrett turbocharger that produces prodigious amounts of torque. The Red Label also benefitted from a revised front suspension and bigger brakes.
The MotorWeek Retro Review Channel provides this vintage test drive of a 2000 Bentley Arnage Red Label at launch:
Now, when buying an old luxury car, there’s plenty to be concerned with. Every system and feature on the car would be considered cutting-edge at the time and likely fairly complex. To be fair, even the most well-maintained luxury car will likely reveal some issues no matter what variables you try to account for. From the stereo controls to the power seats to the automated features, plenty can break over time. The Red Label shown here has mileage low enough that it would seem premature for quality control problems to reveal themselves so soon. If the seller is being truthful about the high level of maintenance lavished on this Bentley, then perhaps any major maintenance issues are still a few years off. Blue paint over butterscotch leather with acres of wood trim is a handsome combination, along with the chrome Ronal wheels that were standard to the Red Label. Would you roll the dice on a car like this with so many potentially bank account-busying expenses lying in wait?
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Perfectly maintained 2000 Bentley Arnage – Red Label
Garage kept and meticulously maintained..”
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