Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club - for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Enthusiasts

History

Rolls-Royce and the London to Brighton Emancipation Run

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Construction and Test Records

Researching Your Car

Construction & Test Records

If you would like to obtain copies of the records, please contact the Archives Department at The Hunt House.

Email: records@rrec.org.uk
Fax +44 (0)1327 811797.

The Archives can also assist with the reclamation of registration numbers from the DVLA.

The records of individual cars are identified by chassis number. If for some reason this is not known, it may be possible to trace the car by other means, e.g. by UK registration number.

Records for pre-war Rolls-Royce cars consist of the chassis sales card, build records and engine test records. For Derby Bentleys, just chassis build records and engine test records are available.

Records of Crewe-built cars of the immediate post-war era are somewhat sparse, but those for post 1965 cars are extensive, usually being in excess of 50 pages.

The records give valuable information about the car's original specification: they include the serial numbers of original instruments and major sub-assemblies (so you can see if anything has been replaced). You can check the individual requirements of the original purchaser. If they knew of a change of owner, Rolls-Royce updated their records, consequently some car records show ownership history.

The Foundation also holds some coachbuilders' archives. Where available, copies of these are automatically included with the chassis build records. If there is a substantial coachbuilder's file (e.g. for post-war James Young cars), copies of this will be at extra cost.

There are some service histories available, mainly for post-1965 cars: copies of these can be supplied at extra cost.

The price for Construction & Test Records (including postage) is as follows:

 

Members Prices *

Rolls-Royce Records UK Price Outside UK Price
Pre-war Cars £38.50 £40.00
Early post-war cars (up to c1961) £25.50 £27.00
Silver Cloud II and III (post c1960) £38.50 £41.50
Silver Shadow & SZ Models £55.00 £59.00
Silver Seraph etc (1998-2002) £65.00 £69.00
Bentley Records UK Price Outside UK Price
Pre-war Cars £30.50 £32.00
Mark VI and R Type £25.50 £27.00
"Standard Steel" S, S2 and S3 £16.50 £18.00
Coachbuilt S, S2 and S3 £ POA £ POA
Post 1964 Cars £55.00 £59.00
Arnage etc (1998-2002) £65.00 £69.00

Non-members Prices

Rolls-Royce Records UK Price Outside UK Price
Pre-war Cars £48.50 £48.50
Early post-war cars (up to c1961) £35.50 £37.00
Silver Cloud II and III (post c1960) £48.50 £48.50
Silver Shadow & SZ Models £65.00 £69.00
Silver Seraph etc (1998-2002) £75.00 £79.00
Bentley Records UK Price Outside UK Price
Pre-war Cars £40.50 £42.00
Mark VI and R Type £35.50 £37.00
"Standard Steel" S, S2 and S3 £26.50 £28.00
Coachbuilt S, S2 and S3 £ POA £ POA
Post 1964 Cars £65.00 £69.00
Arnage etc (1998-2002) £75.00 £79.00

 

Post war James Young records POA

Service records (where available) POA

 

* These special discounted prices are for members of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club, the Bentley Drivers Club, the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation and the W O Bentley Memorial Foundation.



Payment can be made by cheque (drawn on a UK bank) payable to RREC Ltd, or by MasterCard or Visa.

 

Visits to the Archives

 

Visitors are always welcome at The Hunt House, where members may view the records of their cars. Please note that it is not always possible to complete orders for records during a visit.

Intending visitors would be wise to check in advance that access is not restricted due to meetings or other Club functions.

Anyone wishing to carry out research in the archives should make an appointment with the Archivist - archives@rrec.org.uk

The Hunt House is usually open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Monday to Friday.

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