28 March 2014

40-Year Rolling Exemption From Road Tax Returns

To the joy of classic car owners in the UK, The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that there will be an exemption from VED for cars built before 1 January 1974. These cars will be eligible for zero-rated tax discs, and going forward the exemption will become a rolling one that will progressively exempt more and more classics in the coming years. Here are some of our favourites that may now be newly tax exempt or soon will be:

  1. MGB GT V8: Perhaps one of our absolute favourites of the newly exempt classics is the B GT V8. The car that the MGC should have been, the brilliant aluminium 3.5-lit re Rover V-8 transformed the B GT into a formidable long-legged tourer. Only the car’s increased thirst for petrol was a negative. The first (and arguably the prettiest) of them will now be tax exempt.

  2. Jensen Interceptor III convertible: The first Interceptor convertibles were built in early 1974; lovely things they were, too, and quite rare, with just 509 built by the time the receivers swooped in to liquidate Jensen in 1976. Today they represent a much less expensive alternative to an Aston Martin V8 Volante, and they’ll be tax free in the next round of exemptions. Unfortunately, what one saves in road tax will be more than made up for in petrol taxes, with the Interceptor’s 10 mpg thirst.

  3. Lotus Elite: The Elite was a controversial car when it was introduced in early 1974. Part GT, part Estate, the later Eclát dispensed with the odd roofline at the expense of some rear seat head room. Nonetheless, it was an interesting car and a significant one for Lotus, with the introduction of the new Lotus 907 engine (fresh from some development work at the expense of early Jensen-Healey buyers). Like the Interceptor convertible, it will be tax exempt in the next round.

  4. Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT: The replacement for the earlier Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed 105/115 Series Alfa Romeo coupes was also designed by Giugiaro. While it was more contemporary, few at the time viewed it as an instant classic. Now 40 years on, the Alfetta is looking better to many people. Sadly, the tin worm got most of them. Survivors will be tax exempt next year.

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