HIS­TORIC HE­ROES YOU CAN AF­FORD

Clas­sics made in 1976 qual­ify for road tax ex­emp­tion in April. We show you the best deals

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - The Best 1976 Buys -

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.

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