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Top 10: The class of 1973

With the historic VED exemption to be extended to 1974, we round up 10 new cars, launched in 1973, that from April, you will be able to buy with a £0 tax disc. It was an interesting year, as car manufacturers all over the world were reporting a boom in sales - but that would all come to an end in the October of that year, when the Energy Crisis kicked off.

Was it a vintage year? An interesting question. In the mass-market, Volkswagen was sowing the seeds of its future success with the Passat and Scirocco (with the Golf the following year), while BL was doing the opposite, launching the Allegro in an atmosphere of misplaced optimism and celebration. In the supercar world, Ferrari's BB replaced the Daytona, while Maserati aped that older Ferrari with the exciting new Khamsin.

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Triumph Dolomite Sprint

Okay, so the Sprint was a fast version of a car that was originally launched in 1965 - but as it was packed with so much innovative engineering under the bonnet, it can rightfully be described as one of the most significant cars of the year. The good news is for those who have a tax-free example, the earliest Dolomite Sprints are probably the best of the lot, as they had yet to be cheapened too much by British Leyland's accountants. Not that this matters now, of course, as any Sprint - tax-free or not - is a cracking classic car to own.


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