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Bingo66



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:50 pm    Post subject: Tracking down a vehicle Reply with quote

Could anyone give me advice on how to trace the previous owners of a vehicle I am trying to find? DVLA does not have a record of the vehicle being MOT'd or on SORN.

The only thing I have is images and the registration number. The last known sighting of the vehicle was in Finchley in 1976. The image below is of the vehicle in 1972. The original registration number when it was imported from Australia was - RVC 295

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Rick
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The MG registration series hails from London, and I don't think any relevant old registration records survive.
http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/registrations/mg.htm

RVC is Coventry, August 1955 onwards. There may be odd records around, you'd need to contact the Coventry History Centre. They may have info regarding its early owner(s), but won't know what happened to it once it was re-registered in London.

RJ
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BigJohn



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A quick google of the reg no found this picture.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/92215343@N04/9562391748
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Bingo66



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick wrote:
The MG registration series hails from London, and I don't think any relevant old registration records survive.
http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/registrations/mg.htm

RVC is Coventry, August 1955 onwards. There may be odd records around, you'd need to contact the Coventry History Centre. They may have info regarding its early owner(s), but won't know what happened to it once it was re-registered in London.

RJ


Thanks Rick.
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Bingo66



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BigJohn wrote:
A quick google of the reg no found this picture.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/92215343@N04/9562391748


Thanks John,

That's the last known photo, taken in about 1976.

The bus was imported from Australia in about 1971 so that registration plate in the destination window might have nothing to do with the bus - could be a reg from a car previously owned by the owner of the bus at that time.

The bus was used in 1971/1972 as the tour bus of an Aussie band called Fraternity. It's lead singer Bon Scott went on to be the lead singer of AC/DC
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mikeC



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would think the best port of call is the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society:

http://www.hcvs.co.uk/pages/contacts/contacts.php
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Bingo66



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikeC wrote:
I would think the best port of call is the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society:

http://www.hcvs.co.uk/pages/contacts/contacts.php


Thanks Mike, I've just sent them an email
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Kleftiwallah



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I asked DVLC to research the history of the vehicle I'm restoring with a view to recovering the original trgistration number. I told them what little I knew, they sent me back all the information I had given them just presented differently

and not a jot more!

Cheers, Tony.
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Bingo66



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kleftiwallah wrote:
I asked DVLC to research the history of the vehicle I'm restoring with a view to recovering the original trgistration number. I told them what little I knew, they sent me back all the information I had given them just presented differently

and not a jot more!

Cheers, Tony.


Sorry Tony but that did make me smile Very Happy
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