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I bought my first Bentley when I was 22 – I was fed up with my Rolls Royce… my parents were angry but it wasn’t that expensive

A YOUNG motor enthusiast who bought his first Bentley after getting fed up with his Rolls Royce says his parents were furious with his purchase – but he claims it’s not as expensive as you think.

Cormac Boylan, 22, of Melton, has revealed the cost of owning classic cars after investing in a 1998 Bentley Arnage.

Cormac Boylan bought his first Bentley when he was 22

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Cormac Boylan bought his first Bentley when he was 22
His Rolls Royce was £80 a day while the Bentley was just £156 a year

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His Rolls Royce was £80 a day while the Bentley was just £156 a year

He says the bill he pays each month to be sure to drive the Bentley isn’t astronomical – and nowhere near as expensive as what it cost to drive his Rolls Royce.

He told Leicestershire Live the Rolls Royce cost £80 a day while driving it as a 20-year-old.

But his Bentley comes at a significantly cheaper price of £156 a year, which is the same as his Ford Fiesta, which he uses every day.

When it comes to his gas bill, however, filling up the gas-guzzling Bentley can get expensive.

Cormac said: “If you drive sensibly you can get 18 miles a gallon, or 20 in one go, but on the way back [from buying it] I had to fill it up three times.

“I think I’ve got a little too much of it at the moment. It cost a total of £140 to fill up, once it was £92 so I’m afraid to imagine what it would be like with fuel prices now – probably over £200.”

The current average petrol price in the UK is £1.82 per liter, with the cost of filling up an average family car reaching £100 on Wednesday.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said a full tank of fuel could net drivers an “incredible” 110 pounds during the holiday season.

Despite paying several thousand pounds for his fancy car, Cormac says the total cost isn’t as high as people might think.

He said: “People will think it’s a Bentley and it’s expensive, but the cost of the car isn’t the big number it’s made for.

“If given the choice of buying a brand new £10,000 or £15,000 car, or a classic Bentley or Rolls-Royce, I know what most people would choose.”

For others looking to invest in classic cars, Cormac says there won’t be any problems if you make a good choice – but you need to be aware of the high running costs this could entail.

The car journalist and hospital radio DJ hopes to expand his collection as he gets older.

He said: “I want a Rolls-Royce, possibly a Phantom, but I also like old Italian supercars, so a Maserati would be nice.

“I’ve also considered an Aston Martin, but a Mark II Jaguar is what I want. If I can get where I want, it will be possible.”

Cormac says the cost of storing vintage cars isn't as high as people might think

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Cormac says the cost of storing vintage cars isn’t as high as people might think
The fuel-guzzling Bentley can be expensive

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The fuel-guzzling Bentley can be expensive

https://www.the-sun.com/motors/5540436/bentley-rolls-royce-expensive/ I bought my first Bentley when I was 22 – I was fed up with my Rolls Royce… my parents were angry but it wasn’t that expensive

Chris Barrese

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