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When can I apply for my Triumph Spitfire to have historic vehicle status?

I own a Triumph Spitfire that's just over 40 years old, registered on 14 February 1978. When do I apply for Historic status, now or after 21 May 2018?

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The tax exemption for historic vehicles is on a rolling system. So, from April 2018 cars built before 1 January, 1978, vehicles will become tax exempt. So in order to qualify for the exemption, you'll need to get a build certificate to prove the car was built before January 1, 1978. Once you've got that, you can apply for historic tax class from 1 April.
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