Heritage Certificates

Rootes Archive “Heritage Certificates”.

We are Registered with the DVLA V765 Scheme

Ever thought that it’s a pity there are no Rootes factory production records? Ever wished you could know more about when your car was first registered and sold?

Well, now you can, thanks to the Rootes Archive Centre Trust.  Factory production records from 1939 up to the end of 1962 have survived and the Trust has privileged access to them.  We can offer a range of Heritage Certificates providing a certified copy of the factory build details for the car as it left the production line.

We can provide information about Rootes related vehicles built from c.1934-48 and from 1962 through to the mid-1970s using the original factory records. This particularly applies to the earlier Sunbeam-Talbot, Humber and Singer models. The  post-1962 line lists information from these is less detailed though. So, if your car was made after 1962, we can still provide all the basic information about your car at the time it was made including the exact week of manufacture. This not only applies to later Alpines and Tigers, but all Rootes designed cars produced until c.1982.

The information we provide includes the chassis and engine number, vehicle type, colour, date of build, date of despatch and which dealer it went to, any factory fitted extras, and original registration details (date and place of issue) subject to information available. Click on the image to see a larger sample. In addition to the certificate, we supply a “Car Details” sheet which you can use to display at shows. This will contain similar information in a bolder format but without the owner’s address or other private information.

As well as the Certificate we can provide copies of relevant technical information sheets, and other appropriate material like a period advert for that exact model (subject to availability).


If we can locate the factory record, the cost of these certificates is £45

Overseas members, please add £4 to cover extra postal costs.

Cheques should be made payable to The Rootes Archive Centre Trust. If you wish to use PayPal please send payment to boballan@rootesarchivecentre.org.uk. or to the Trust Treasurer matthewollman@rootesarchivecentre.org.uk

We regret that at present we can only provide a limited service for owners of Rootes commercial and military vehicles, but we are attempting to provide all information which we have available and make enquiries with our partner organisations. If you can help with this please contact us. Enquiries about any vehicle are welcome.

To order your Certificate, contact:

Bob Allan
Shadewood Farm
283 Chester Road

Tel: 01925 267084 (6-8pm eve.)
E-Mail: boballan@rootesarchivecentre.org.uk

If possible, please include any known basic information about your car including its chassis-body number and original registration number; this will help the search through the factory records.

You can also contact James Spencer j.spencer@rootesarchive.org 07785253403 for a Heritage Certificate Order Form.