The waiting is over – my blue Maxi is now officially classed as an historic vehicle!
When the special registration for historic vehicles was introduced here in Germany in 1997, it still seemed a very long way to go for my Maxi to be able to apply for this – the car needs to be 30 years or older and my Maxi was still in it’s teen years back then. However, early this June, the Maxi and I waited in front of a TÜV (MOT) Testing Station – and, because the car had just turned 30, it was not just for one of the bi-annual tests, but also for the extended check of condition to see whether the Maxi fulfilled the requirements for a historic car. I am pleased to say that the Maxi passed without any fails and a single advisory. Yay!
I then had to visit the registration office for a set of new car documents and, some new number plates later (and a few Euros less in my wallet), I have this:
What did I gain apart from the extra hassle? The biggest difference will be the tax: down to 192 Euros from well over 400 per year. Additionally, any restrictions on travel into low emission zones do not apply any more. Even if I think that these modern plates do look a bit strange on older cars, I think it’s a small price to pay.
Now I’m looking forward to the next few decades of Maxi-motoring…