We’ve done a bit more digging to find a bunch of cars that if built before January 1975 could be tax free from 1st April.
Here’s our findings.
Ford Capri Mk2
In comparison to the other two generations of Capri’s the Mk2 Capri didn’t run that long. Although from 1974 when it was first launched to 1978 when it was replaced with the Mk3 it still managed to sell 400,000. Its appeal was driven by a range of trim and engines plus the added practicality of a fully functional hatchback.
Volkswagen Golf Mk1 Some of the earliest examples of Mk1 Golfs are now seriously scarce and fetching mega money. The car was a new concept to Volkswagen being front wheel drive, a gamble that paid off as the car proved to be a real success. From 1974 this classic car generated huge sales echoed through following generations and inspired the hot hatch boom of the 80s with the GTi.
In the 70’ the founder of Lotus, Colin Chapman wanted to develop a car to rival Aston Martin that could also accommodate a family at an affordable price. In 1974 the Lotus Elite was born. A four-seater with a new angular ‘shooting brake’ design, it wasn’t like anything that had rolled out of the Lotus factory before. It was powered by the now famous Lotus (Type 907) 155 bhp all aluminium twin cam engine which had already seen service in the Jensen Healeys.
Mg Midget 1500
In 1974 a revised MG Midget hit the streets with a 1500 engine borrowed from the Triumph Spitfire. The main changes were focused on bringing the car up to speed with American safety legislation so gone were the chrome bumpers and replaced with black rubber bumpers plus higher ride height.
Vanden Plas 1500
Based on the Austin Allegro which ceased production in 1973, 1974 saw an upmarket version launched. Its distinct looks were produced from its bespoke grille and reshaped bonnet, its interior was even adorned with a mix of walnut and leather. For its day it wasn’t cheap and mocked by many following the Austin Allegro.
No sooner had the Mk1 Golf appeared an even sportier model appeared, the Scirocco, sitting alongside the Golf just as the Karmann Ghia did many years before with the Beetle. A fresh design that also shared the same Front Wheel drive format and it had a practical hatchback. Volkswagen was on a role as again it was a right success selling more than half a million in its seven year production run.
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