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Advice please - UK registration for imported S1 Elan

PostPost by: dunclentdr » Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:03 pm

Now the S1 is safely back in the UK I need to get a Uk registration - 'A' reg. for the 1963 car.

I have obtained the DVLA import pack and need to complete a form and provide various documents.I have obtained a letter and Certificate of Provenance from Andy Graham.

Reading the application guidance it is a requirement to provide evidence of Type Approval. This can be done by either (1) providing original European Certificate of Conformity, if not available obtain one from manufacturer or (2) Mutual recognition Certificate.

I am confused about what to do!!!

Does anyone have experience or advice please?

Thanks

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:44 pm

Fill in the forms best you can and send off the letter from Andy Graham. I figured the certs were too modern for our cars. The DVLA should send you a receipt and process the application in about a month.
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PostPost by: Bish » Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:26 pm

Do you not need to MOT the car first?
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PostPost by: paul_adamson » Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:35 pm

I suggest you pm me at adamsonpaul at sky dot com.

It's best to have a specialist to make sure you keep the corrct registration.

I had to do something very similar.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:52 pm

Bish wrote:Do you not need to MOT the car first?


Yes you need an MOT and a letter from Club Lotus. I manged to retain the original registrations on both my cars, they were UK cars exported to the US in the 60s or 70's.
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PostPost by: Bish » Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:15 pm

Thanks for that!
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PostPost by: billwill » Tue Oct 20, 2015 10:43 pm

Wou;d not the MOT system get very confused trying to do an MOT on a car that is not in the DVLA/DVLC database?
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:00 am

No you have to MOT the car, the tester uses the chassis number, the registration number is allocated by the DVLA, then updated onto the MOT database.
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PostPost by: Type28 » Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:11 am

It can be quite exasperating dealing with the DVLA. After trying to buy your car a year or so ago I imported a car from the States. See tread free-parking-f45/dvla-t33654.html

You should have it registered for the road by summer 2016 :lol:

Beautiful car by the way.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:58 am

It's funny the various experiences we've all had.

For my S3 I went to the local DVLA office, now sadly gone, the people there were so helpful, the car was registered in an hour or so.

By the time I got round to registering my S2 the local DVLA offices were gone. I filled out the forms, got a letter from Andy Graham (Lotus archives) and Alan Morgan (Club Lotus), got an MOT, took some photos and sent it all off. A month later I hadn't heard from the DVLA so I called them up and they said that I should have had a receipt from them, I hadn't and the car had already been (re) registered with the original number and the documents were in the post back to me.

I would suggest you make copies of everything just in case.
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PostPost by: dunclentdr » Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:27 pm

Thanks for all of the helpful advice - I am going to get the car a MOT and then make the application with as much paperwork (after taking copies!) as I can muster...
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PostPost by: Matt Elan » Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:16 pm

The DVLA have got a lot better recently. On the V55/5 form you can ignore 90% of the boxes. If you've got a 1960s / 1970s car look at its V5 (logbook / Registration Cert) you will see lots of sections that are blank, mainly sound levels, exhaust emissions...

As for the type approval just leave the boxes blank or put not applicable; there is a section on the back of the V55 in the non duplicating part which asks why there isn't any - just put in the car was built in 1963 and there wasn't any in those days.
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