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Man spends £85k on lookalike famous motors including A-Team van and Herbie car

Once a man gets past a certain age, he's allowed to indulge in a hobby, although some are more time consuming and expensive than others as one car fanatic has found out.

Petrol-head Paul Marrington has spent more than £85,000 on his famous motors.

He’s got lookalikes of screen legends including the A-Team van and the Dukes of Hazzard’s General Lee.

Paul, 42, began his collection with a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle – just like the one in children’s film Herbie.

The drinks salesman also has a black seven-seater GMC Vandura van as in The A-Team, and even the General Lee – an orange 1969 Dodge Charger.

Paul said: “I’m living my boyhood dream.

“These are the type of cars I would watch on TV and I would play with miniature versions as a kid.”

And he says people constantly compliment him as the cars make them feel nostalgic.

Paul went on: “Around five years ago I bought a Volkswagen Bug to do up like Herbie, but this was just something to do in my spare time.

“When lockdown first hit, Paramount were showing a double bill of Knight Rider and The A-Team and
I immediately started looking at prices for the A-Team van. It just took off from there.

“I found one on a Facebook group – I spent £38,000 on it and it’s a pretty accurate replica. General Lee gets the most compliments.”

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Paul, from Wirral, Merseyside, takes his fleet to shows and hires them out for weddings and events.

He added: “I’ve even had people use the cars for
funerals. It doesn’t end here though, there’s loads more I want to do.

“I would love to get a Scooby Doo Van for a bit of fun.”

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