Top 10: Tax-free cars for 2017
With the Historic Vehicle taxation class for Vehicle Excise Duty on a 40-year rolling system, April 1st sees all vehicles built prior to January 1977 being eligible for ‘free tax’. And as it’s based on date of manufacture rather than registration, a car registered in the first few weeks of ’77 could still be eligible – as long as its owner can prove the build date.
To get your 1976 car reclassified as a Historic Vehicle, you’ll need to contact the DVLA and arrange for its taxation class to be changed. Once that’s done, you’re entitled to VED without paying a penny. So... which of today’s classics launched into the UK in 1976 are now potentially ‘tax-free’ in their earliest guise? We check out ten of our favourites.
By Paul Guinness, Contributor
Launched in 1976 (scooping the ’77 Car of the Year award) and running for ten years, the SD1 was eventually sold with a choice of engines but was always at its best in V8 guise. Its debut marked a major turning point for Rover, with sleek aerodynamic styling setting the SD1 apart from its rivals. An array of different derivatives made their debut, helping Rover’s long-running hatchback to enjoy a successful career, with a third of a million cars built. Launch-year models are now very scarce, however, which might make finding a ‘tax-free’ SD1 something of a challenge.
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