Undoubtedly, the highlight of the late 20th century for enthusiasts of old cars and motorcycles was the 1995 Budget announcement that vehicles constructed more than 25 years ago would be exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). Better still, this new “historic” classification would apply on a rolling basis, so every January a fresh crop of elderly motors would qualify. Enthusiasts were amazed, because the big scare story circulating immediately before philanthropic VERA (Vehicle Excise and Registration Act) showed up was that all cars more than 10 years old would be banned, in the interests of planet-saving and safety. The perceived threat was so great that the mighty (Austin) Allegro Club International had staged an extraordinary meeting at the Gaydon Heritage Centre. Quite why or how old vehicles suddenly changed from being a public enemy into the Chancellor’s tax-free darling is not clear, but we can probably thank the efforts of the Federation of British Historic … [Read more...] about Taxing times: what you need to know about VED and MoT requirements for historic vehicles
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A ONCE humble Ford Cortina, which later came to compete in the 1965 British Saloon Car Championships, is now set to sell for a quarter of a million pounds. Its driver, the legendary Jim Clark, raced the car on behalf after Lotus was commissioned by Ford to give the Cortina a sporty makeover. Having won the Formula One Championship in 1963 - and then again in 1965 - Clark steered the Mk1 Ford Lotus Cortina along with touring car champions Sir John Whitmore and Jack Sears. The 1965 two-door car originally went on sale for £1,100 and three shillings, before being sold to Lotus the following year. It is believed to have been used by David Lazenby, Team Lotus's Chief Mechanic, and then onto private ownership by the car maker's employee Thomas Kelly in April 1967. After falling into a state of disrepair, the Cortina was found, salvaged and restored in 2003 and has been rarely used ever since. It is powered by a Lotus Elan engine and painted in the manufacturer's traditional white and … [Read more...] about British F1 legend Jim Clark’s Ford Cortina race car is tipped for a record-breaking £250,000 sale
Are there any other manufacturers that do the whole super-fast estate thing as well as Audi? Certainly none have been at it for as long, with the first seriously rapid RS Audi wagon dating back to the RS2 of 1994 (even if it was co-developed with Porsche). Next in line, in 1999, was the very first RS4. Powered by a twin-turbo V6 with 382bhp it delivered monster performance, and looked the part too thank to its wildly flared arches and dropped ride height. However, it was the later B7 generation RS4 from 2006 that is widely regarded as the best of the breed, in part because its 414bhp V8 is an absolute gem of an engine, but also because the handling shattered stereotypes of fast Audis only being fun to drive in a straight line. Another V8 RS4, known as the B8, followed in 2012, but come the launch of the latest model earlier this year it was clear that the case for big, naturally aspirated engines no longer worked. So it was that when Audi pulled the wraps off the latest RS4 it did so … [Read more...] about Daily coverage of the world of cars. New to the Used Market: 2018 Audi RS4 AvantPost navigationFollow UsRecent PostsRecent CommentsCategories
This is part of a series breaking down all the terms you need to know if you're buying a new or used car from a dealership. Check out the rest of the series at our Car Buyer's Glossary. Timing is everything so, when it comes to car buying, dealership document fees are like the late party-guest who suddenly arrives while you're saying final goodbyes and putting leftovers in the fridge. To put it mildly, they're an annoying but common part of most car transactions. For car buyers who don't expect them, however, they can seem like a blatant rip-off. What, exactly, is a document fee? First off, let's get the wording down, because a document fee can go by many different names. Sometimes they're called a processing or paperwork fees, or they might simply be referred to as "doc fees." No matter the label, they all mean the same thing. This fee covers the back-office work a dealership does with any car purchase. Basically, you're paying for paperwork. This can include vehicle registration, … [Read more...] about The dealer document fee: What is it, and should you pay it?
Car forums wept this week when pictures appeared of a 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R getting towed away by Florida police at a car show in Daytona Beach. In some ways it’s not surprising—that generation of Skyline isn’t really legal to be in the U.S., though some are here under dubious circumstances. But what may look like a typical JDM import gone awry is so much more, now a case involving theft allegations between two longtime dealers and a legendary performance car being stuck in a confusing custody battle. As a result, the dispute between a Japanese car importer and a former import car dealer has law enforcement baffled as to who actually owns the vehicle. According to a Daytona Beach Police report, the seizure comes after a woman associated with a Japanese car importing operation reported the car stolen from her driveway in early April. About two weeks later, police discovered the allegedly-swiped vehicle at a car show in Daytona, but were told by the former imported … [Read more...] about Cops Seize $130,000 Nissan Skyline GT-R At Florida Car Show And The Story Is Wild