Tuning and the popular H-plates have to should not exclude. There is no question that owners of old vehicles really appreciate the H license plate. Basically you only get it if the car is in its original condition. However, there are also some differences to be considered here and there are exceptions. One can say that old vehicles were built into the tuning parts and can also receive an 'H' mark. Main criterion: the body or drive components added must be "contemporary". If you equip a BMW 2002 with so-called wind splits So that's a change that was very popular in the 70 years and above all familiar. Quite similar is the retrofitting of a dipstick as a parking aid e.g. on a VW Beetle or an old Mercedes S-Class from the 80s. (There is a lot of information on the subject of H license plates in our special)
Dipstick as tuning accessory
What was in vogue during the production period of the vehicle can also be valid as a contemporary document in a changed condition. If a classic car has received additional, contemporary changes to the body, the chassis or the engine during the normal use phase, this is usually okay for the TÜV during the assessment. However, the modifications must be 30 years old. If you come out of the Porsche 356 or a VW Beetle with a boxer engine Restomod project around the corner it becomes more difficult or even impossible.
Tip: By the way, the H-requirements are for a historic mobile home identical. Everything you need to know is available in our article H license plate for the motorhome? It is important to note that!
But here, too, the classic car appraisal is not a blanket, but must be carried out individually for the respective vehicle. However, comes one BMW E24 M635 CSi with brutal lowering and 20 inch rims including low profile tires around the corner, the hope of getting an H license plate is hopeless. Such a huge change in the character of the car is simply inappropriate for a classic car. So you have to do the balancing act between "everything is possible"And"only absolute originality counts" Find.
Sport suspensions are possible with H license plate
The same also applies to important technical components. 99% of a fully restored classic car will no longer be on the road with the original chassis. If you install a current chassis from KW, Bilstein, H&R & Co. and give the oldtimer one discreet Lowering shouldn't stand in the way of the H license plate as a rule. After all, road safety must be guaranteed at all times, and this is usually not the case with a decades-old chassis. And to ensure safety in road traffic, a classic car with an H license plate also has to undergo regular technical inspections. Before a conversion in combination with a classic car report is planned, one should be clear about the requirements for the approval as a classic car. If necessary, just ask TÜV & Co. whether the planned changes are to be classified as contemporary tuning. After all, there is nothing better than having the project officially approved as a cultural asset worth preserving. PS: These optimizations can be carried out on the classic car without endangering the H license plate.
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