Historic Vehicles are formally recognised by the UK Government when they attain an age of 40 years.
The global qualification for a Historic Vehicle is 30 years as defined by the Fédération International des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA). The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) is the authorised national representative of FIVA.
FBHVC was formed in 1988 and for the past 33 years has protected and maintained the right of UK citizens to use ‘yesterday’s vehicles on tomorrow’s roads’.
FBHVC treats all historic vehicles equally and recognises cars, motorcycles, buses & coaches, lorries & light vans, military, agricultural and steam vehicles.
FBHVC represents over 500 historic vehicle clubs and museums, individual and trade supporters who choose to recognise our work.
Since 1996, FBHVC has recognised the value of consistent research into the historic vehicle movement and uses this data in negotiations with governmental and non-governmental organisations. The latest data was compiled from 15,422 questionnaires completed by historic vehicle owners and enthusiasts relative to vehicles at least 30 years old in 2020, from surveys amongst businesses providing products and services to the sector and an online representative sample of 2,500 adults in 2021.
The Federation maintains a fully data compliant research group who are constantly available for ad hoc research needs.
FBHVC supported by JDA Associates conducts formal research every five years and the latest key facts are: