Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News Analysis -

Th­ese fig­ures put into stark re­lief just how pos­i­tive an ef­fect the zero-rated VED had on a whole gen­er­a­tion of cars. How when it was frozen in­stead of rolling, those cars that didn’t fall into the bracket were less likely to be saved into the clas­sic car parc. OK, so I will clearly be cry­ing over a gen­er­a­tion of ‘lost’ mod­ern clas­sics from the last decade or so, but if we can take heart from any­thing buried in th­ese sta­tis­tics, it’s that – go­ing for­wards – the rolling 40-year tax break will at least mean the cars which hit that age will be al­most cer­tain to sur­vive be­yond then. Wor­ry­ingly, it’s the cars be­tween 20 and 40 years old that we need to keep an eye on in the com­ing years. But with­out sound­ing like I’m con­stantly bang­ing a drum for the grow­ing move­ment in mod­ern clas­sics from the 1980s, ‘90s and ‘00s, it’s good that there’s a grow­ing groundswell of en­thu­si­ast sup­port for this cat­e­gory. Whether it’s enough to see that all-im­por­tant tax break ex­tended to 25 years, as the pe­ti­tion we re­ported on last week wants, re­mains to be seen.

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