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  • The Archive of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust preserves the surviving records of some of the most famous names in British motoring history.

    We hold the records for these brands

    Heritage Document Wallet

    Heritage Document Wallet

    Classic car owners can now purchase a special Heritage Document Wallet to go with their Heritage Certificate. Not only is this the perfect way to keep all your important documents safe, the Document Wallet also contains a copy of an appropriate period sales brochure taken from our Archive Collections (loose leaf A4 colour copies) and a digital A5 photographic print of an original company publicity image featuring the relevant model.

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    Aston Martin Heritage
    Certificate Folder

    Owners of 1949 – 1972 Aston Martin cars can now purchase an exclusive, premium quality leather folder that includes facsimile heritage items, tailored to their individual Aston Martin car.

    The black leather folder features a silver foil embossed Aston Martin ‘wings’ logo with a de-bossed BMIHT logo. Inside, the folder has clear plastic pockets to contain the Heritage Certificate, a facsimile Build Card and copies of heritage items (all subject to availability).

    Special offer – Free Aston Martin Centenary keyring*

    To celebrate Aston Martin’s first 100 years, each new Aston Martin Heritage Certificate Folder ordered with a Premier Certificate, will receive a free official Aston Martin Centenary keyring.

    *For a limited period only, subject to availability and whilst stocks last.

    Premier Heritage Certificates

    Premier Heritage Certificate

    The Archive department offers the proud classic car owner a Premier Heritage Certificate which is a certified copy of the entry against the chassis number in the authentic factory ledgers, includes a picture of your car on your Heritage Certificate, the ultimate way to present your vehicle.

    Simply upload your favourite photograph from your PC, using our application form. Your ‘Premier’ Certificate will include your picture in addition to the original details from the factory build record, as included on the standard Heritage Certificate.

    Heritage Certificates

    Heritage Certificates

    The Archive department offers the proud classic car owner a Heritage Certificate which is a certified copy of the entry against the chassis number in the authentic factory ledgers.

    Discover the original numbers and colour scheme, dates of build and despatch, and where available, the details of factory fitted equipment. To order please visit our online shop using the link above.

    Technical Specification Packages

    Technical Specification Packages

    If you wish to present your vehicle to an official licensing, registration or importation authority, you might require more information than can be found in the factory record.

    For this reason, for an additional fee you can now add a Technical Specification Sheet to your Heritage Certificate or Dating Letter.

    Dating Letter

    Dating Letter

    A Dating Letter will show the vehicle’s date of manufacture, as recorded in the original factory build record, presented on British Motor Industry Heritage Trust letterhead.

    Please be advised that if you require proof of your vehicle’s age, the DVLA will now only accept a Heritage Certificate as minimum evidence.



    Web Research Request (no document issued)

    This is a way to confirm a detail from a vehicle’s build record, such as a date of manufacture or original colour, in an informal manner. This enquiry service is for a single piece of information. If you require all the information held in a vehicle’s build record, you will need to purchase a Heritage Certificate.

    Please note, this information is provided by email and will not be accepted by official licensing or registration authorities. If you require information in a formal manner, you will need to purchase a Heritage Certificate. This option is only available for a vehicle with a chassis number (VIN).

    Potential Waiting Time

    Please allow 28 days for delivery. Thank you for your patience.


    We have records for the following marques.
    All models available unless otherwise stated.

    • Austin 1945-69
      Postwar and BMC models (cars and commercials)
    • Austin Allegro 1977-82
      All models Longbridge build
    • Aston Martin 1949-85
      Most Models
    • Austin Healey 1953-71
      Longbridge and Abingdon built (not Warwick or 100 S Models)
    • Land Rover 1948 to present day
      From Series I to Defender plus Discovery and Freelander
    • Lagonda 1961-85
      Including the Aston Martin Lagonda 1979-85
    • Maestro & Montego 1983 onwards
      All models Austin & MG (later cars not recorded)
    • Metropolitan 1953-61
      Nash, Hudson, Austin
    • Mini 1959-69
      ADO 15 versions – Austin, Morris, Mini Cooper
    • Mini 1977-1981
      ADO 20 versions badged Mini – Longbridge build only not Seneffe
    • MG 1953-80 & 1993-95
      From TF Midget & ZA Magnette (not TC,TD, YA/YT/YB) to MGB & MGC including the MG RV8
    • Morris 1928-71
      Prewar, postwar and BMC models (some light commercials but not Morris Commercials)
    • Range Rover 1970 to present day
      All models
    • Riley 1953-69
      From Pathfinder (not RM 1.5 & 2 litre)
    • Rover 1945-86
      All models from P3 to SD1
    • Princess / Ambassador ‘Wedge’ 1975-1983
      includes 18/22 Series
    • Standard 1945-63
      Cars and light commercials
    • Triumph 1946-81
      All postwar models
    • Triumph Acclaim 1981-1984
      Honda Ballade derivative Cowley build
    • Vanden Plas Princess 1959-80
      Plus many earlier Vanden Plas bodied cars
    • Wolseley 1901-31 & 1949-75
      Prewar, postwar and BMC/BL badge engineered

    Please note we hold additional records for some vehicles, particularly in the British Leyland era, which are only suitable for providing Date of Confirmation letters rather than a full Certificate. Please email us on for further information about our products or services.

    We do not hold records on any brands not included on the list above.

    How to find your chassis number?

    Download our guide to provide you with further information relating to chassis numbers, including where to find them.

    Jaguar Heritage Certificates

    If you are interested in Jaguar and Daimler production records, please visit the Jaguar Heritage website or phone (01926) 645082.

    Get in Touch

    Please email us on for further information about any of our products or services.