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Guidance on Substantial Change of Historic Vehicles

Postby V8webmaster » 18 Dec 2017 17:02

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs released a press release today in relation to the information released by the Department for Transport this morning on "Vehicles of Historic Interest (VHI): Substantial Change Guidance". This is something that had been expected for a while as we knew the FBHVC were working with the DfT on this topic. The announcement is a useful clarification not least for members with modified MGV8s. See our NEWS webpage at: ... nt-VHI.htm
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Re: Guidance on Substantial Change of Historic Vehicles

Postby Mike Howlett » 19 Dec 2017 22:21

Thank goodness for the FBHVC. It looks as though common sense might prevail after all.
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Re: Guidance on Substantial Change of Historic Vehicles

Postby Victor Smith » 04 Jan 2018 11:12

Two announcements from the DfT are of particular interest to classic car enthusiasts: MOT exemption for cars 40 years and older which secure Vehicle of Historic Interest (VHI) status but also cars 40 years and older where modifications have been made more than 30 years ago will also be eligible for VHI status and MOT exemption. Our NEWS item is at: ... nd-VHI.htm

For members with MGBV8 Conversions the DfT guidance document "VHI: Substantial Change Guidance" will need careful reading on what it says about changing engines. They may consider that as the MGB was available with both the 1800cc engine and the V8 engine at one time, the V8 engine may be taken to be alternative original equipment for the MGB and fitting one does not constitute a substantial modification. We understand the MG Car Club has had initial contacts with the FBHVC to be considered a marque or historic vehicle expert but can offer no advice on the subject. ... idance.pdf

The measures announced are the result of intensive discussions between the FBHVC and the DfT. As these measures are complex we have created a flowchart to try and help explain them. A copy is attached to this posting.
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