Car tax changes: Thousands of classic cars to become tax-exempt in April

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It means any classic car built by January 1 1982 will not need to pay road tax from April 1 when the new tax year begins. Experts at Carbuyer have also confirmed “the dates will change” to include 1982 cars from this April.

The update means road users with cars registered from 1982 will not need to pay annual vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rates.

Owners who apply through the DVLA will be given a ‘historic tax class’.

This will allow owners to also apply for exemptions in city-wide Clean Air Zones to avoid daily fees.

David Bond, Managing Director at Footman James said there was a range of “fantastic modern classics” now reaching tax exemption.

He said: “We’re starting to see a number of fantastic modern classics from the 1980s reach the 40-year mark so owners can take advantage of the MOT and ULEZ exemption, among other benefits.

“Prices are on the rise for vehicles made in this era so you might find that you have a great investment sat in the garage.”

Admiral has previously listed a range of the most iconic 1980s classics which drivers may now be able to drive without fees.

These included the legendary Vauxhall Cavalier and from 1982, the Sierra.

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The original Volkswagen Polo was produced between 1981 and 1994 so some early models can now be driven without charges.

Admiral also flagged the Fiat Panda, Honda Accord and Austin Metro as iconic models from the 1980s.

Rally fans may also be able to drive the famous Audi Quattro tax free within weeks.

Some models arrived in the UK in 1981 but many of the right-hand versions did not get made until 1982.

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