Money-saving icons that evade vehicle tax, ULEZ and the annual MOT
How buying a BMW, Lotus or Porsche could boost your finances
Special collections announced for Young Turks and Endangered Species
Tickets now on sale with Limited Early Bird Offer
A collection of ‘Tax Dodgers’ will be on special display at next February’s must-see London Classic Car Show at Olympia, tickets for which went on sale this morning (Thursday).
Government legislation exempts historic cars built, or first registered, more than 40 years ago from vehicle tax, as well as an annual MOT test and, of particular relevance for those living in London, the charges for driving in the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
Legendary classics such as the Jaguar E-type, classic Mini Cooper and MGB have long been in the tempting ‘tax dodging’ category but every year they are joined by an influx of illustrious newcomers.
By the time the doors open at Olympia on Friday 24 February, a new raft of icons built between 1 January 1982 and 1 January 1983 will be exempt of vehicle tax from 1 April 2023. This list will include early examples of BMW’s second generation 3 Series (E30) and the cavernous Volvo 760 as well as more sporty models such as Porsche’s desirable 944, the retro-styled Panther Kallista, fine-handling Lotus Excel and rally-bred Lancia 037.
Fuelling awareness for the sizable savings on offer, many of these will be on show stirring memories and inspiring opportunities.
Moreover, for those planning their purchases ahead, these confirmed Tax Dodgers will be joined by a number of other classics that will become exempt at the end of 2023. Among these are the BMW M635CSi (photo below, row two, left), VW Golf MkII, Nissan 300ZX and Peugeot’s game-changing 205 (photo below, row two, right),.
“We are delighted to be putting the spotlight on these increasingly topical tax dodgers,” said Martin Clarke, Content Director, Cars at show organiser Brand Events. “With growing concerns over the cost of living, the financial attractions of owning a 40+ year-old classic are becoming ever greater. Our special display at The London Classic Car Show is sure to get visitors thinking.”
The thought-provoking collection of Tax Dodgers is just one of the standout attractions already confirmed for Olympia (24-26 February). As part of the Generations theme, the 60th and 70th anniversaries of the Porsche 911 and Corvette will be celebrated with evocative timeline showcases. Two more displays will put further spotlights on ‘Young Turks’ and ‘Endangered Species’ – the former focusing on future inflation-beating classics, the latter on cars like the Austin Metro that were once ubiquitous and are now nearing extinction.
Offering exceptional value, adult admission in advance is priced at just £25 (plus booking fees) and a Limited Early Bird Offer gives those registering online and buying before midnight on 27 November a significant £5 discount. A limited number of exclusive Premium Experience tickets are also available for those seeking to enjoy The London Classic Car Show in style.
Full details of all ticket buying options – as well as the latest show news – can be found on the official theclassiccarshowuk.com website.