As in the UK, Spain has a system to identify and recognise Classic Cars. Under Spanish rules, cars that meet the various criteria, can achieve the status of being of ‘historical’ and registered as Classic Car with ‘historical’ licence plates. with the owner being able to enjoy the kudos of having their beloved motor officially recognised and adorned with ‘H’ plates.
Historical status for a Classic Car in Spain, also brings with the added perks of cheaper insurance, longer gaps between ITV´s and road tax exemption. The main identifying criteria is the age of the car, and in May 2018, that was raised, from 25 years to 30 years.
This change is not retrospective. Therefore, if your Classic Car is 27 years old and is already registered as ‘historical’, it won’t have lost its status.
Whilst in most cases age will be the determining factor for a vehicle to achieve ‘historical’ status, there are other ways a vehicle could make the grade, e.g. if it is listed in the Spanish Register of Heritage Cars, or if it is of cultural interest due to rarity or it’s association with a specific event.
In all cases when applying for ‘historical’ status for a Classic Car, each application is a world unto itself and it’s important that you know what you’re doing, or employ someone who does.
To find out more about Historical Status for your Classic Car in Spain, Get In Touch.You can call us on (+34) 951 77 55 44 / (+44) 033 0001 0777
We offer an expert service to register both domestic vehicles and foreign licensed Classic Cars brought to Spain as Historical vehicles.
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