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
Enjoying almost a decade-long career from its launch in 1976, the W123 series remains one of the most admired saloons from Mercedes-Benz, its combination of superb build quality and bulletproof reliability winning it many friends around the world. In its German homeland it was almost the default choice for taxi operators, although here in the UK it enjoyed a more upmarket image. It was also famed for eventually offering a wide choice of petrol and diesel engines, ensuring there was a W123 to suit most executive saloon buyers; and once the ‘T’ estate was launched (with seating for up to seven), the extensive W123 range was complete.
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