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Old 4th March 2019, 08:49
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Originally Posted by Paul L View Post
NeilF355 – My donor car is not old enough to quality for VHI yet.

However, I appear to have a different interpretation of the rules to you.

I start here:

You do not need to get an MOT if:
- The vehicle was built or first registered more than 40 years ago
- No ‘substantial changes’ have been made to the vehicle in the last 30 years, for example replacing the chassis, body, axles or engine to change the way the vehicle works

So for a Sammio the change of bodyshell does NOT change the way the vehicle works.

Then I go here:

Where body shell is not listed in the Section 3. ‘Substantial change’ criteria

I note the section you quoted above, but again, that doesn’t apply to Sammio.

As whilst we call them kit cars, the DVLA allows them to keep the donor car registration number not based on the kit car rules, but the rules for “Radically altered vehicles”.

My car has the full 14 DLVA points, so in NOT radically altered and can keep its original registration number.

In terms of “general appearance” my car continues to be a two seater sports car.

I think this refers to kits that would turn a VW Beetle into a Beach Buggy.

Similarly, I consider my build to be a rebody, rather than a body conversion.

Where rebodying is a 100 year old tradition based on Rolls Royce type coach building.

I know the above sounds like splitting hairs on small words and their meanings.

But following the consultation process, I believe room for interpretation was left there on purpose.

Unfortunately, I can’t personally test my interpretation until 2021.

So I will be interested to see how Wharfdale gets on.
Originally Posted by Alex View Post
My Formosa is a rebodied Triumph Vitesse which is over 40 years old and is registered as a VHI , tax and MOT exempt so you should not have any issues

Was your car registered as VHI before the Formosa rebody?
If not did you register the rebody to Triumph Formosa before the VHI change?

It looks like Alex has confirmed your interpretation of the rules and set a precedent that others can follow which is really good news
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