Five things that can earn your clas­sic a Q-plate

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

A mix of new/used parts

To re­tain its orig­i­nal num­ber, a re­built car must re­tain its orig­i­nal bodyshell or a brand new shell, with re­ceipts as proof of pur­chase. It must also re­tain two of the fol­low­ing – com­plete sus­pen­sion, both axles, trans­mis­sion, en­gine, or steer­ing assem­bly. Fail­ure will re­sult in an IVA and Q-plate.

Rad­i­cal al­ter­ations

If you are mod­i­fy­ing your clas­sic, you must re­tain the same pro­por­tion of new or orig­i­nal parts as you would dur­ing a re­build. Cars are as­signed a num­ber of points in or­der to de­ter­mine this (see box­out), so if you’re con­sid­er­ing mod­i­fy­ing a car, it’s wise to bear this sys­tem in mind.

Used parts in a kit car

Even kit cars built en­tirely from new bits can po­ten­tially fall foul of the rules if it is proven that more than one com­po­nent was used in ori­gin. As a wholly new car with no used parts used in the process of its build-up, how­ever, it would re­ceive a then-cur­rent reg­is­tra­tion num­ber.

Kit con­ver­sion

It used to be all the rage – take a dead Tri­umph Her­ald, Ford Sierra – or in­deed any other main­stream car with a tired body but sound me­chan­ics, and use it as a donor to build a kit car. A Her­ald would keep its reg­is­tra­tion num­ber if it re­tained its chas­sis, but most kits will re­ceive Q-plates.

Re­con­structed clas­sic

Where the DVLA can’t ver­ify the prove­nance of a car, it can ask that it is sub­ject to an IVA test and reis­sued with a Q-plate. Clas­sic Car Weekly has re­ported on sev­eral cases of own­ers be­ing asked to prove their cars’ iden­ti­ties, al­though the DVLA says it does not tar­get clas­sic own­ers.

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