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