Today we'll look at the opportunistic side of the luxury car segment. Or in other words, what your local Bentley and Rolls-Royce salesman won't tell you about while he attempts to sell you a 2011 model.
Bentley Arnage T: Does anyone remember the Bentley Arnage ads with the 'I WO' license plates? As a kid I used to fantasize about cars non stop and in the year 2000 I'd repeatedly doze off to the sight and sound of a slate grey Arnage. With its six and three quarters liter engine running smoothly, I'd picture it with it's four circular lights turned on, and white smoke billowing out of the dual exhausts on a rainy winter night. While the upkeep today will cost you a pretty penny, I wouldn't have to think twice about buying a nearly used $45,000 lady killer Arnage T. You just can't put a price on the craftsmanship, heritage, and feel of a dying breed.
Rolls-Royce Phantom: There's something about buying the daddy of all cars for only a fifth of the price. A fifth of sticker price while the body hasn't changed! A 2004 well maintained very low mileage Phantom will set you back $130,000. You could buy a new 7 series with that kind of money and enjoy a decade worth of technological improvements however no luxury saloon could match the Roll-Royce's 'waftability', presence, and effortless performance. Although if I could pick any car in the Rolls-Royce family, it would have to be the Drophead. Thoughts of covering miles in the drop top Rolls the size of a Range Rover, with that 'King of the Road' Range Rover feel, and it's looks turning each arrival in to an event. If you have the money, there's no finer way of moving from A to B.
|Something about old Bentley's, old|
money, and their owners acting classy
was lost in the above picture
taken during the Cannonball Run.
See you tomorrow for when I cover the Sports Car segment.