DVLA set to accept body replacements
Talks between the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs and the DVLA have resulted in fresh co-operation in a bid to cut red tape and aid classic car owners.
One of the first topics to be tackled details the originality of a car’s body. The FBHVC has voiced ‘great concern’ about members who have traded in the production of representative bodies for vehicles where it is clearly identifiable from its chassis, but the existing body was not worthy of restoration.
Previously, the DVLA would not permit such a vehicle to be registered, no matter how good the restoration. Following talks, the DVLA now accepts that original bodies may properly be replaced, because they deteriorate over time.
New guidelines suggest that the application should demonstrate that the replacement body is one that could have been placed on it from the outset, or is of a style which historically has become associated with the marque.
FBHVC legislation director Bob Owen says: ‘ The DVLA wants to assist in the preservation of our motoring heritage. We look forward to a collaborative working relationship.’
The FBHVC and DVLA are to develop a valid glossary of terms to identify bodies which it will share in the future. www.fbhvc.co.uk
The DVLA is to allow properly rebodied cars to be registered after talks with the FBHVC.