FIVA Terms and Conditions

The Technical Code defines a HISTORIC VEHICLE in the spirit of FIVA, sets rules to classify the HISTORIC VEHICLES in various groups and describes the requirements under which FIVA can issue a FIVA ID CARD.

The FIVA ID CARD reflects all information about the vehicle given by the owner and checked by FIVA as an independent body – therefore identifies the vehicle and its status of preservation at the time of inspection and reports about the vehicle’s known history and possible modifications; registers the information in a database – therefore records and safeguards the technical and known history of surviving vehicles to benefit the worlds motoring heritage; is to be used in FIVA EVENTS and may be used by owners for their own purposes.

The overall aim is to preserve and maintain in a drivable condition all road vehicles which fall under the FIVA HISTORIC VEHICLE DEFINITION.


FIVA defines a HISTORIC VEHICLE as a mechanically propelled road vehicle:

  • Which is at least 30 years old; 
  • Which is preserved and maintained in a historically correct condition; 
  • Which is not used as means of daily transport; 
  • And which is therefore a part of our technical and cultural heritage.

The HISTORIC VEHICLE shall be kept and used in a proper, environmentally sound manner and be preserved and used as in PERIOD.

Out of PERIOD modifications and other changes should be avoided and in principle be restricted to those required by the authorities or, due to disability or infirmity of the owner/driver, to ensure the safe use of the vehicle on the road. They should be made in the spirit of the PERIOD and in such a manner that the vehicle can be converted back to its historically correct condition.

Modifications and changes must be documented in such a way that, in the future, one may know how the HISTORIC VEHICLE differs from the original condition. This information is to appear on page 4 of the FIVA ID CARD.


A HISTORIC VEHICLE to standard specification as delivered by the MANUFACTURER.  Minor PERIOD cosmetic changes and typical accessories available on the market in PERIOD may be acceptable.

A HISTORIC VEHICLE specially built or modified in PERIOD for specific purposes, typical of its kind, and thus of historic interest in its own right.

A REPRODUCTION is a copy of a HISTORIC VEHICLE built out of PERIOD by a REPRODUCER, with or without parts to PERIOD SPECIFICATION, reproducing a specific model. Such a HISTORIC VEHICLE must be clearly marked to indicate that it is a “REPRODUCTION”. The HISTORIC VEHICLE will be called by a combined name of the REPRODUCER and MANUFACTURER’s names, and the model from which the vehicle is a REPRODUCTION (Example: Smith Bugatti Type 35). A REPLICA must conform to the conditions above but will have been built by the MANUFACTURER of the original vehicle.  Both, REPRODUCTION and REPLICA HISTORIC VEHICLES will be dated using the date of the completion of its manufacture.

Out of period modifications to a HISTORIC VEHICLE with proven identity, of a kind which were typical in period using parts to period specification.

Out of PERIOD modifications to a HISTORIC VEHICLE with proven identity, which have been made using parts or technology not available in PERIOD. Such a vehicle must still have the original frame/chassis or platform and a body to a PERIOD SPECIFICATION for the model. Not more than two of the following main components can be changed from the original specification:

  • Engine 
  • Transmission 
  • Wheels 
  • Front suspension / Steering system 
  • Rear suspension

Modifications may have been made recently. Such modifications do not impact the dating of the vehicle.


Group 1 – ORIGINAL
One HISTORIC VEHICLE, as originally produced, which is unaltered and with little deterioration.

One HISTORIC VEHICLE as used, but never restored, to original specification, with a known history and in original, possibly deteriorated condition. Parts that normally wear may be replaced with parts to PERIOD SPECIFICATION. Repairs to paintwork, plating and upholstery are permitted.

Group 3 – RESTORED
One HISTORIC VEHICLE with known identity, wholly or partly dismantled, reconditioned and reassembled. Only minor deviations from MANUFACTURER's specification in case of unavailability of parts or materials are acceptable. Original MANUFACTURER's parts should be used where available, but may be replaced with others of the same specification. Interior, exterior, and exterior finish should be as close as possible to PERIOD SPECIFICATION.

Group 4 – REBUILT
Parts from one or more vehicles of the same model or type assembled into one HISTORIC VEHICLE as close as possible to the MANUFACTURER's original specification. Original MANUFACTURER’s parts should be used where available, but may be replaced with others of the same specification. Interior, exterior, and exterior finish should be as close as possible to PERIOD SPECIFICATION.

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