HISTORIC HEROES YOU CAN AFFORD
Classics made in 1976 qualify for road tax exemption in April. We show you the best deals
This was the era when a 15-day heatwave seemed to last forever, a journey in an Intercity 125 train felt like the dawn of a new age and you’d settle down in the evenings to watch Space 1999 or listen to Brotherhood of Man.
There were some tempting cars in the showrooms too – many of which are about to become tax-exempt.
At the end of the month classics manufactured before 1 January, 1977 will qualify for ‘Historic Vehicle’ status, meaning you’ll be able to save hundreds of pounds in road tax. If you already own one then it’s worth looking at our guide on how to take advantage of the savings, because the tax-exempt status isn’t endowed on your pride and joy automatically, but if not it’s well worth browsing the classifieds.
To get you in the spirit of ’76 we’ve asked the CCW team to pick out which newly tax-exempt classic they’d buy. Our choices range from mid-engined supercars and V12-engined GTs to frugal superminis, but they all have one thing in common – they’re not only exempt from road tax, but freed from the constraints of London’s emissions charges and newly eligible for a raft of classic shows too.
Now is definitely the time to add one of these wonderful cars to your garage.