Could your MGBGTV8 qualify for Historic Vehicle status & VED exemption?

A surprise announcement in the Budget 2013 support document released by HM Treasury shortly after the Chancellor of Exchequer made his Budget statement to the House of Commons on Wednesday 20th March 2013 was an extension to the cut-off date for classic vehicles qualifying for exemption from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) by one year. This extension will apply from 1st April 2014 to a vehicle manufactured before 1st January 1974.
See our Budget 2013 report

Note: the Finance Bill still needs to pass through the UK Parliament to bring this concession into effect.

Update: the Finance Act 2013 received Royal Assent in July 2013 but see our NEWS item on this. 130802 More

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From 1st April 2014 you should be able to tax your vehicle in the 'historic vehicle' tax class if it was built before 1st January 1974. Then you will not have to pay vehicle tax (VED), but you must still go through the process of "taxing" it every year and displaying a "nil value" tax disc.

So the question is when was your car built?
The key piece of information you need is the "build
date" and not the date of first registration which is the date usually recorded on the V5C (Vehicle Registration Document). Of course if you have an MGBGTV8 which has a V5C which shows it was first registered on or before 31st December 1973 (and in some cases on or before 7th January 1974) then you should qualify too. From a discussion with the certificates officer at BMHIT Gaydon the date accepted as the "build date" for the MGBGTV8 model is the "Date through Paint Finishing".

The production of chrome bumpered MGBGTV8s ran from the early development cars in late 1972 through to the start of production in 1973 in preparation for the launch of the model in August 1973. Then production of the chrome bumpered models ran on into 1974. Many chrome bumpered MGBGTV8s were built in 1973 but a significant number were built in 1974 so the cut-off date for the new VED exemption of 1st January 1974 is right in the middle of the chrome bumpered MGBGTV8 production run.

How can you check the build date for your car and if your car was built in 1973 then how can you apply for Historic Vehicle status and the VED exemption? Our detailed guide note explains. More
V8 Register - MG Car Club - the leading group for MG V8 enthusiasts at