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When will my 1981 MGB become classed as a historic vehicle?

My MGB Roadster was registered 01-01-1981. What date will it be eligible to be classed as a historic vehicle?

Asked on 20 September 2019 by Theodore. Ellis

Answered by Keith Moody
The Historic Vehicle taxation class is a ‘rolling’ system, which means that a vehicle that’s 40 or more years old can be reclassified as ‘historic’ and eligible for free car tax (VED). In this instance, it applies to the vehicle’s production date rather than the date of first registration – an important point because your car was mostly likely built in 1980. If you'd like to check the build date of your car, contact the British Motor Museum ( The rolling system updates occur each April. So, for example, in April 2021 all vehicles built prior to 1 January, 1981 will become eligible for Historic Vehicle car tax. Find out how to reclassify your vehicle's tax status as historic here:
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