Celebrating Forty Years of Timeless Icons! Join us as we take a closer look at these five recently turned 40 classic cars

We’re highlighting the BMW 3 Series (E30), Ford Sierra, Porsche 944, Volkswagen Polo (Mark 2), and Lotus Excel to celebrate. These classics not only bring back memories of the past, but they also offer a range of exciting benefits to their owners.

BMW 3 Series (E30) – A Timeless Design


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Starting with the BMW 3 Series (E30), this timeless design was launched in 1982 and quickly became one of the most popular cars of its time. Known for its sharp handling, powerful engines, and elegant appearance, the E30 remains a favourite among driving enthusiasts.

Ford Sierra – Practical and Spacious

Next up is the Ford Sierra, first introduced forty years ago and a popular choice for families and businesses alike.

With a spacious interior, smooth ride, and a wide range of engine options, it’s well known for its practicality. Its aerodynamic design also improved fuel efficiency.

Porsche 944 – A Sports Car with Personality

Another car celebrating forty years is the Porsche 944, launched in 1982, was a sports car that was both practical and fun to drive. With a powerful 4-cylinder engine, well-balanced chassis, and unique design, car enthusiasts loved the 944 for its combination of performance and personality.

Volkswagen Polo (Mark 2) – A Compact Car for the City

The Volkswagen Polo (Mark 2), launched in 1981, was a compact car perfect for city driving. With a spacious interior and fuel-efficient engine, the Polo (Mark 2) had a timeless design that remains popular today even after forty years.

Lotus Excel – A High-Performance Grand Tourer

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Last but not least, the Lotus Excel, a high-performance grand tourer, first launched in 1982. Known for its speed, handling, and performance, the Lotus Excel was unique and highly sought after, making it a must-have for car enthusiasts.

Benefits of Owning a Classic Car

Owners of these classic cars due to the cars being forty years old can now take advantage of the historic vehicle tax exemption scheme, which exempts them from MOT tests and Vehicle Exercise Duty (VED). Vehicles built before January 1, 1983, and first registered in 1982 (with a registration number ending in X or Y), can apply for the exemption starting April 1, 2023.

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