Will your MGBGTV8 be tax exempt?

V8 Factory Records search
Using a copy of those production records we have an online search option on our V8 Grapevine website where you can order a V8 Factory Records search report which provides the key dates above for each MGBGTV8 produced at the MG Factory.
V8 Factory records search

Dating certificate from the V8 Register
We expect the V8 Register will have a role to play in "producing a dating certificate as an enthusiasts' club" using evidence from a copy of the vehicle manufacturers' production control records we have access to. See a preliminary example of the proposed dating certificate alongside.






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An extension of one year to the cut off date to which classic vehicles are exempt from VED was welcome news in the Budget Statement on 20th March 2013. From 1st April 2014 a vehicle built before 1st January 1974 will be exempt from paying VED. Many enthusiasts with an MGBGTV8 may be eligible for the tax exemption as the model was in production at Abingdon from 1973 to 1976 with a few pre-development cars produced from late 1972. To be eligible for VED tax exempt status the car must have been built before 1st January 1974 - so it's the build date and not the date of first registration that determines eligibility.
So the key questions for MGBGTV8 enthusiasts are - what is the build date for my car, is my car eligible for the Historic Vehicle VED exemption and how do I apply for it?

What was the "build date" for an MGBGTV8?

The MG Factory Production Control records for the MGBGTV8 show the key dates during production starting with "Production Commissioned" and "Mounted on the line", then "Paint finishing", "Advised for delivery" and finally "Dispatched from Factory". The date most likely to be accepted as the "build date" is the date when the car was "Advised for delivery" because by then the car would have left the production line, have completed its inspection and road testing and, if it proved necessary, would have cleared Rectifications Department and any further final testing and inspection.

Where in the production records are the last cars produced in 1973?
Well the records show the latest car to be advised for delivery was 1161 on 27th December 1973 but it's not as simple as that because 42 cars with an earlier Car No/VIN were advised for delivery from 1st January 1974. The earliest car in that group of 42 cars was Car No/VIN 1037! So the last cars produced in 1973 are not neatly in a block in the Car No or VIN sequence before the cut-off date but scattered over a range of Car Nos. Then there are a further 14 cars which were advised for delivery in the period 1st to 7th January 1974.
Contact the V8 Registrar to check your car

Dating Certificate from the V8 Register
We expect the V8 Register will have a role to play in "producing a dating certificate as an enthusiasts' club" using evidence from a copy of the vehicle manufacturers' production control records we have access to. As soon as we have clarified that our dating certificate will be acceptable we will establish an online system where V8 members can order a Dating Certificate for their MGBGTV8.
See a preliminary example of the proposed dating certificate above
V8 Register - MG Car Club - the leading group for MG V8 enthusiasts at www.v8register.net