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most early armoured cars were built on commercial truck chassis, the pre 1960 commercial vehicle exemption the type of body is not specified, it does not neccesarily need to be a load carrier, if it was a Post 1960 vehicle it maybe questionable

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Thanks Nick, reason for asking is that I’m close to reaching 70 when I believe DVLA are likely to issue me a new license and most probably likely to remove some of the categories no longer included on new licenses. I would really like to find a DVLA reference that definitely states that I can drive my Armoured vehicle (Saracen) and specifically what category on my license covers this. 
Surely a Saracen is not a commercial vehicle, I seem to remember yonks ago seeing a DVLA document that said ex mil armour was classed as a tractor or something. I’ve always believed a car licence was all I needed. 

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T160 when I reached 70 I had to undergo a medical to retain my entitlement to drive my Pig. There are organisations that do such medicals in bulk which are mainly for HGV drivers. On certain days they hire a hall or meeting room in various areas then contract a doctor to carry out examinations throughout the day. Works out far easier & cheaper trying to book an examination with a doctor of your choice who may well not want to be bothered with such examinations. I think the examination has to be repeated every 3 years.

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I think now since all the category changes, Anything pre 1960 over 3.5 ton is considered as an historic commercial vehicle, regardless of body type,  a Saracen is capable of carrying goods, an armoured van?  so qualifes as a goods vehicle and so only needs a car licence.

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I think you have to be a bit wary if your vehicle is registered as a Minibus. Some years ago after some argument (which they accepted) I got Minibus status removed. I feared that legislation at some stage may complicate the use of the Pig especially when I was over 70 that additional rules or restrictions might apply.

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l am now 73 and have kept my C1 not because l needed to  but god forbid l have accident with a historic vehicle l have under gone a yearly medical and eye test and seen a consultant to keep it to show that l am still fit to drive a large vehicle on the road

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52 minutes ago, wally dugan said:

l am now 73 and have kept my C1 not because l needed to  but god forbid l have accident with a historic vehicle l have under gone a yearly medical and eye test and seen a consultant to keep it to show that l am still fit to drive a large vehicle on the road

Good point 

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