Top 10: Tax-free cars for 2017
With the Historic Vehicle taxation class for Vehicle Excise Duty on a 40-year rolling system, April 1st sees all vehicles built prior to January 1977 being eligible for ‘free tax’. And as it’s based on date of manufacture rather than registration, a car registered in the first few weeks of ’77 could still be eligible – as long as its owner can prove the build date.
To get your 1976 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. So... which of today’s classics launched into the UK in 1976 are now potentially ‘tax-free’ in their earliest guise? We check out ten of our favourites.
By Paul Guinness, Contributor
The Lima was the most affordable car ever produced by Panther, a company better known for its hugely expensive J72 and De Ville offerings. It followed the firm’s tradition for classic-looking aesthetics, with an obvious ’30s-style roadster influence, while under the bonnet sat a 2.3-litre Vauxhall four-cylinder engine (complemented by almost all-Vauxhall running gear). The Lima wasn’t cheap in 1976, with its list price of just under £5000 putting it within £400 or so of the V8-engined (and equally ’30s-looking) Morgan Plus 8; but with the Malvern firm quoting a seven-year waiting list, Panther found itself with a steady stream of buyers for its retro-style Lima.
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