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Rootes Archive Centre,
Units G151-4, Cherwell Business Village,
Southam Road, Banbury,
Oxon OX16 2SP, UK

Rootes Archive Centre

Heritage Certificates.

Certification of Rootes Car Models.

Rootes Archive "Heritage Certificates".

We are Registered with 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 numbers 1-35 from 1939 up to the end of 1962 have survived; they are in private ownership but the Trust has privileged access to them, so we can offer a range of Heritage Certificates. We also have access to other records through partnerships with related Clubs and organisations. These records allow us to provide a certified copy of the factory build details for the car as it left the production line.

We have an agreement with the Coventry Culture Herbert Museum (previously the Coventry Transport Museum) to provide information about Rootes related vehicles built from c.1934-48 and from 1962 through to the mid-1970s for which they hold the original factory records. This particularly applies to the earlier Sunbeam-Talbot, Humber and Singer models. The Museum holds the post-1962 line lists, but information from these is less detailed. 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).

The cost? If we can locate the factory record, the cost of these certficates is £35, otherwise we can provide detailed information with approximate date of manufacture for £30. The cost of a full certificate produced in association with the Coventry Herbert Museum (or other archive) is £40. Overseas members please add £4 to cover extra postal costs. PayPal or credit card payments incur an extra 5% handling charge. If you wish to use PayPal please send payment to boballan_at_rootesarchivecentre.org.uk.

Here are some comments we have received (click).

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,
Grappenhall,
Warrington WA4 2QE
Tel: 01925 267084 (6-8pm eve.)
e-Mail: boballan_at_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. A sample order form can be downloaded here.

Thanks to:

  • Arbury Service Station Limited
  • Coventry Herbert Museum: http://www.theherbert.org/
  • Coventry Transport Museum: http://www.transport-museum.com/
  • Essex Records Office: http://www.essexrecordofficeblog.co.uk/researching-vintage-and-classic-vehicles/
  • Portsmouth History Centre
  • Military Vehicle Trust: http://www.mvt.org.uk/
  • Wroughton Science Museum: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/wroughton/
  • British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, Gaydon Museum: http://www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk

Please note that heritage certificates for other makes can be obtained from the BMI Heritage Motor Centre, Banbury Road, Gaydon CV35 0BJ. They offer full archive services for Austin, Morris, Standard-Triumph, Rover, BMC and related marques.


"Preserving the past for the future."
Rootes Archive Centre Trust, Units G151-4, Cherwell Business Village, Southam Road, Banbury, Oxon OX16 2SP, UK


The Rootes Archive Centre is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales number 1108882.
Patrons: Lord Rootes, T.D. Rootes, W.B. Rootes.


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