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
It might not be the most obvious choice, but a Renault 14 could be worth seeking out if you fancy a roomy ’70s classic with five-door versatility, a typically comfortable (French-style) ride and a certain quirky appeal. It should be affordable too, given the fact that it’s long since been forgotten by most potential buyers. The 1976-82 Renault 14 came with a choice of 1218cc or 1360cc engines (developed in conjunction with Peugeot) driving the front wheels, and was notable for being Renault’s first transverse-engined car – despite the company having an all front-drive range by then. Almost a million Renault 14s were produced, though it was never a common sight on UK roads.
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