IN THE TRADE

Classic Cars (UK) - - Chasing Cars -

CHANGE TO VED EX­EMP­TION

In 2017 all ve­hi­cles built up to De­cem­ber 31, 1976 qual­i­fied for the zero rate of Ve­hi­cle Ex­cise Duty (VED). But be­cause of the way the DVLA recorded ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tions in 1976, from now on ex­emp­tion will be based purely on the year a car was reg­is­tered, even if it was built the year be­fore. Up un­til this year it was pos­si­ble to gain road tax ex­emp­tion based on the year of man­u­fac­ture, if you could present proof.

THIEVES TAR­GET E-TYPES

The high value of E-type Jaguars – whole or in parts – has made them a tar­get for thieves. Sev­eral have al­ready been stolen in the UK this year in­clud­ing the 1965 fixed-head coupé of car re­storer Lee Scott. It was taken on July 4 along with its keys dur­ing a raid on Scott’s Brightlingsea, Es­sex home. Jew­ellery and cash were also taken. The car’s reg. num­ber is DEY 795C. Po­lice are keen to hear from any­one who has any in­for­ma­tion. E-type own­ers should re-eval­u­ate their se­cu­rity mea­sures.

BEAULIEU FITS TRACK­ERS

The Na­tional Mo­tor Mu­seum at Beaulieu has fit­ted tracker de­vices to all 285 ve­hi­cles in its col­lec­tion. The ma­jor­ity are on dis­play in the Mu­seum, but oth­ers are driven or dis­played at events around the world. A re­port says ve­hi­cles with track­ers are around ten times more likely to be re­cov­ered than those with­out. Beaulieu is us­ing wire­less Can-track Global de­vices, which use mul­ti­ple track­ing tech­nolo­gies and are backed up by a team of find­ers.

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