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#1 Guess-Works.com

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 11:42 AM

There is some very definite legislation associated with the rebuilding and altering of vehicles, and the whole story can be found on the DVLA website https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-approval

But in summary...

Conditions for retaining the original registration.

For you to keep the original registration of a vehicle you MUST retain the ORIGINAL shell or replace it with a BRAND NEW shell to the same specifications ( Heritage are the ONLY supplier of new shells for the mini ) and at least two further components from the original vehicle.

  • Suspension (front & back)
  • Axles (both)
  • Transmission
  • Steering Assembly
  • Engine

So technically if you have a rolling shell, you have enough of the original vehicle.

If those conditions are met, when the car is rebuilt it only need to undergo an MOT

Using a 2nd hand shell

If you are intending to use a second hand shell to rebuild a vehicle, and you dont have enough of the shell donor ( or the registration document for the vehicle ) to use that registration, then the vehicle MUST undergo an ESVA/SVA, (Extended) Single Vehicle Approval, from which it will be give a "Q" plate registration, before it can be taxed and used on the road.

Failure to disclose this is paramount to falsifying the identity of a vehicle, or ringing to use its more popular term, and is a Criminal Offence

Minus shells

This is an area of contention, as they are neither new shells to the original specification, and also not necessarily used shells.. so this could come under the Kit car part... where you may be able to get an age related plate and or the original ( check with the DVLA on this one )



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Posted 28 June 2005 - 04:46 PM

The old definition of mini "chassis" was if both the subframe assys were used onto a new kitcar body (moke style, midas,etc) you could keep the reg number , now there are new rules for "radicaly altered"
i think you can keep the number if you keep the floorpan (like a Banham)and the subframes.
But i belive that you can replace as many panels (with new equivelent) on a shell as you want ,so you could replace ALL the panels with new ones and it still be the same shell :D

Edited by Woody, 28 June 2005 - 04:49 PM.


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Posted 28 June 2005 - 07:24 PM

correct... if you repair an original shell, then to all intense purposes it is original...

#4 Carlos W

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 11:40 AM

New Link

 

https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-approval






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