Selling your classic car? It's FREE to list your car on Honest John Classics | No thanks
Ask a Question

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?

Asked on 2 May 2018 by

Answered by Keith Moody
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.
Similar questions
I've heard that cars registered before 1 January 1978 no longer need an MoT - is this right? The Government website doesn't seem to reflect this change.
I have a 1971 Spitfire IV on which the MoT expires in February, but which is currently garaged over winter. The tax runs to 1st May (its £0 now). Shall I wait until the new MoT exemption rules come in...
My 1978 Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1 is eligible for tax exemption from April 2019. How do I obtain a Build Date Certificate to prove to the DVLA when it was built? Also, what steps do I need to take to obtain...
 

Ask Honest John

Amount to borrow
Sorry. The minimum loan amount is £1000
To pay back over

My credit score

Best available rate 9.20%

Total repayment £9,304.93

Total cost of credit £1,804.93

£155.08

60 monthly payments

Apply now

Representative example

The Representative APR is 13.2% (fixed) so if you borrow £7,500 over 4 years at a rate of 13.2% p.a (fixed) you will repay £199.21 per month and repay £9562.20 in total.