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Top 10: Tax-free cars for 2016

With the Historic Vehicle taxation class for Vehicle Excise Duty still on a 40-year rolling system (as confirmed in the latest Budget), April 1st sees all cars built prior to January 1976 being eligible for ‘free tax’.

To get your 1975 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. Meanwhile, which of today’s classics launched in 1975 are now potentially ‘tax-free’? We check out ten of our favourites.

By Paul Guinness, Contributor

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Chrysler Alpine

Launched in France as a Simca and in the UK as a Chrysler, the Alpine was Chrysler Europe’s first attempt at creating a pan-European family hatchback. And it was an impressive effort, combining five-door practicality with handsome, modern styling. It was also Chrysler’s first true ‘Euro car’, being built in France, Spain and the UK eventually. 

The Car of the Year judges were bowled over enough to award the newcomer top honours in 1976, the year after it went on sale. The Alpine went on to enjoy an eleven-year career, spawning the four-door Solara saloon in the process.

Read our Chrysler Alpine review here

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