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Hpi Chassis Number
Posted 19 August 2017 - 01:50 PM
Posted 19 August 2017 - 03:28 PM
I'm looking to buy a 60's project car. the guy I bought it off came across it in a house clearance.
have you bought it or not?
Posted 19 August 2017 - 03:33 PM
Edited by acox99, 19 August 2017 - 03:34 PM.
Posted 19 August 2017 - 04:32 PM
Did you check all though the car for evidence of a reg on a handbook etc ? with no reg I don't think you will be able to just apply for a v5 as it will be rejected and given the length of time offroad ,40+ years there may be no digital records for it but the owners club may be able to help in these cases as the mgb is a very popular car.
Posted 20 August 2017 - 08:00 AM
One, as you say is to find someone with a trade account who, as long as they have good reason, (such a you have offered it to them for sale) can run the chassis number through hpi which will give you the the number and then you can apply for a replacement v5c from dvla. (Try a breakers yard if you have a friendly one)
The other is more involved. You need to get proof of age. Being an MG, Isn't there the "Heritage" scheme for this? as the manufacturer is now defunct.
Th car then needs to be MOTd using the chassis number, and insured using the chassis number. You can then apply to dvla to register with a new number. Then of course if these car has a shonky history you may lose it after all your work and cash has been sunk into it ! Great system,eh?
Posted 20 August 2017 - 08:59 AM
a B will have a chassis plate with a number/code which is the vin, much like a 205, a quick bit of googling suggests that early models were not stamped on the shell itself.
there is a large owners club too.
Posted 20 August 2017 - 08:13 PM
mg still exist and still make cars steve!.
Not sure they "still" exist, Mei. Sure the name has been resurrected but it's passed through a few hands since the mgb!. I can buy a new ajs motorcycle, built in China and branded in the UK but I doubt they could tell me much about '60s models. Worth a shot of course but apparently the dvla rules on age related re registering has changed and requires manufactures proof of age.
Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:01 AM
What you need to do is to try and get a heritage certificate for the car, this should also let you know the spec, build date and registration number for the car. Once you have this you may be able to contact the dvla to ask them if the number still exists. Ideally you would want to keep the original number if you can but without lots of documentation they (the DVLA) won't allow that and you will end up with an age related number on the car. If the car hasn't been on the road since the 70's the DVLA probably wont have any information for it anyways and you will have to go through the process of registering the car from scratch, don't worry though it isn't too difficult.
Second option is to contact a specialist mgb car club who will help with the dating of the vehicle and can provide a letter to the DVLA proving the date of the car. I know this gets done with vintage cars when all someone has is a chassis number. Although as you can get a lot of data from the heritage certificate the car club may just suggest getting a heritage certificate.
An MGB is a great car, my father has a 63 MGB, just look out for rust rust and rust, they love to rust!
PM me if you have any other questions
Posted 21 August 2017 - 09:13 PM
Oh it's got plenty of rust and it's mostly in boxes but that doesn't phase me. I just want to know it's ok before I go ahead and pore money into something that I can't claim title to. And getting an MOT is way off the scale.
Posted 22 August 2017 - 07:44 AM
Posted 22 August 2017 - 10:31 AM
Posted 23 August 2017 - 04:17 PM
If the heritage centre at Gaydon cannot find any record of it or are not sure, walk away as they have the largest and most comprehensive records of vehicles manufactured.
I would wait to see what they come back with before you do anything else.