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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Silver Seraph Sport

When first launched in late 1998, the Bentley Arnage came fitted with a 4.4 litre, twin turbo V8 motor.

It's close relation, the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph, with a 5.4 litre, V12 engine.

Customer demand subsequetly saw the introduction of the Bentley Arnage Red Label, the "Red Label" signifying it being fitted with a revised version of the traditional Rolls-Royce 6.75 litre, V8 engine that can be traced back through the Silver Spirit and Silver Shadow ranges to the the Silver Clouds of the late fifties and early sixties.

The Silver Seraph was never offered with this engine, reflecting both a desire to futher differentiate the Rolls-Royce and Bentley brands, and the driving charactersitics of the V12 engine seemingly considered more suitable for the luxurious saloon.  

But it seems someone wanted a Silver Seraph Red Label, or what could be described as a Silver Seraph Sport, with this car photographed at the 2015 RREC Annual Rally in June....

Subtle styling clues identify this as an Arnage Red Label fitted with a Rolls-Royce grille, but it seems to be a well thought out and executed conversion with RR badged alloy wheels, and few obvious signs of its Bentley origins on show.       

It's a shame the factory never offered something similar.


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