Requirements to convert a car into a classic


The requirements to convert a car into a classic are, basically, that it be over 25 years old, that it has technical characteristics that make it unique or that it belongs to the historical or cultural heritage. Determining it involves a series of procedures that can be expensive, about 600 euros and cumbersome, especially if we are not informed in advance of what they are. 

Requirements to convert a car into a classic

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The historic vehicle regulations establish several different ways for a car to be converted into a classic:

  • At least 25 years have passed since the car was manufactured. In the event that the date cannot be determined, the first registration of the vehicle is taken as reference. If this last data cannot be ascertained either, it will start counting from the date on which that car model ceased to be produced.
  • The car can also be converted into a classic car if it is included in the General Inventory of Movable Property of the Spanish Historical Heritage, if it has been declared an asset of cultural interest or if it is of special interest for having belonged to a personality.
  • car can also be classic when it is a collector’s item, that is, when it has unique or outstanding technical characteristics.


  • The requirements for the car to be converted into a classic begin with the inspection of the car by an official laboratory accredited by the autonomous community in which the procedure is to be carried out.
  • Later, the body that each autonomy determines as competent, once the first exam has been passed, has to issue a favorable resolution to classify the car as classic.
  • Next, the car has to pass the ITV to later be able to register the car as a historic vehicle before the Provincial Traffic Headquarters.


When going to the official laboratory that will certify that the car meets the requirements to be converted into a classic, we must go with the following documentation:

  • All the documents that we can collect that include the technical characteristics of the car. If we do not have anything, it is advisable to go to a club or association related to historic cars that can issue this information.
  • If the car is a cultural asset and belongs to the General Inventory of Movable Property of the Spanish Historical Heritage, we must bring the document that proves it.
  • Report from the manufacturer or club related to the brand that expresses the reason that justifies that the car can be converted into a classic. In this text, the proposals for limitations on the circulation of the vehicle must be included, if there are any.
  • Reduced sheet of characteristics of the car that contains data such as the chassis number, date of manufacture and first registration and color photographs of the car from the front and back and on both sides.


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