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The clas­sic car world is fac­ing an ‘ex­tinc­tion cri­sis’.

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he DVLA has re­fused to T regis­ter a car built from a com­plete-knock-down kit be­cause it ‘doesn’t un­der­stand’ CKD kits.

En­thu­si­ast James Bishop from Rush­den in Northamp­ton­shire ap­plied to regis­ter his 1961 Austin A55 Half-Ton Pick-up ve­hi­cle, orig­i­nally CKD dis­patched to BMC’s New Zealand fa­cil­ity and lo­cally as­sem­bled, along with many thou­sands of other sim­i­lar Bri­tish cars in the 1950s and 1960s.

James compiled all the re­quired doc­u­ments, in­clud­ing the NOVA HM Cus­toms and Ex­cise form, and posted them off just prior to MoTing the ve­hi­cle in April. But the DVLA re­jected that ap­pli­ca­tion, say­ing they needed ev­i­dence of a man­u­fac­tur­ing date, as no records ex­ist for BMC’s fac­tory in New Zealand.

So he ob­tained a cer­tifi­cate from Bri­tish Mo­tor Her­itage show­ing it was dis­patched as a CKD kit on 29 No­vem­ber 1961, while re­search in New Zealand proved it was first reg­is­tered there on 30 March, 1962. The agency wrote back again say­ing that this was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence of the ve­hi­cle’s ori­gin date.

The ve­hi­cle has now been in­spected by the Cam­bridge- Ox­ford Own­ers Club com­mit­tee mem­ber (and con­trib­u­tor) John Lakey who has con­firmed it is a gen­uine A55 Pick-up built in late 1961.

John com­ments: ‘This boils down to the DVLA not un­der­stand­ing CKD kits – sur­pris­ing as it can’t be the only one to have re­turned to the UK’.

James has been left frus­trated hav­ing had his ap­pli­ca­tion re­jected three times. He says: ‘The sum­mer’s slip­ping away, although I’m hope­ful that ap­ply­ing again through COOC will mean I can go to the Peter­bor­ough BMC rally in Au­gust.

‘I’ve put my heart and soul into this ve­hi­cle and en­joyed work­ing on it but every time you get some­where the DVLA makes you start again’.

The DVLA re­sponded to CCW’s en­quiries with a copy and paste state­ment, say­ing: ‘ Where a per­son wishes to regis­ter a ve­hi­cle that was built out­side the UK from a com­plete-knock-down kit, we need to see reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ments for that ve­hi­cle in or­der to es­tab­lish when it was first recog­nised as a com­plete en­tity.

‘If the reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ments are not avail­able, we will con­sider any other ev­i­dence that the keeper can pro­vide that demon­strates when the ve­hi­cle was first recog­nised as a com­plete en­tity.’

De­spite pro­vid­ing ev­i­dence that it was first reg­is­tered in New Zealand on 30 March 1962, the DVLA states that this is not good enough, and it needs ev­i­dence of when it was first ‘recog­nised’. It of­fers no re­sponse as to what ‘recog­nised’ means.

James Bishop with his Austin A55 Pick-up which he trail­ered to COOC of­fi­cial John Lakey.

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