SAVVA is the Association to which clubs are affiliated that encourage the preservation, restoration and rallying of motor vehicles and motorcycles manufactured before 31 December 1997 in the Republic of South Africa. SAVVA is the South African representative of the FIVA (Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens) who in turn is also affiliated to the FIA and the FIM.


Click here for a list of the affiliated clubs with The Southern African Veteran and Vintage Association.


Please download the appropriate dating application form using the buttons below:

SAVVA has in place a uniform system of dating vehicles and motorcycles that ensures a true record of the authenticity of the vehicle. A standard Application Form, Certificate and Plaque is used by all clubs. Once dated clubs will accept the date of the vehicle without question. Should information come to hand subsequently that makes the dating more accurate the Certificate and Plaque will be corrected. Owners of old vehicles are encouraged to have their vehicles dated as this proves beyond doubt the authenticity of the vehicle and can be used for licensing and insurance purposes.

It is conditional upon entry of many competitive events organised by clubs that vehicles are dated and the only recognised medium of proof required by organisers are the official Plaque or Certificate.

This service is only available to members in good standing who purchase the required form from their Club Dating Officer who will assist them with the procedures. Three photographs of the vehicle from specific angles are required to be attached when the application is submitted to the SAVVA Dating Officer.

When the major components of a vehicle or motorcycle are of a different year of manufacture, then the dating is done as follows;


Chassis and body are 1927, Engine is 1929 in order to get the vehicle mobile. The certificated ‘date’ would be 1927/1929. and for events the vehicle would be entered / classified as a 1929.


A motorcycle frame 1917, Engine 1923. Certified ‘date’ would be 1917/1923. Vehicle would not be able to enter as a Veteran.


  1. has been altered or modified to create a body which differs in style or appearance from the original body as fitted at the time of manufacture,
  2. is an exact reproduction or recognised coach work but has been created at a later date than the date of manufacture of the engine, chassis and original body,
  3. this vehicle is to be recognised as a non-authentic replica and should be described as either a replica or a special or a non-authentic reproduction in the SAVVA Register, on the Dating Certificate and on the back of the Dating Plaque.


The Southern African Veteran and Vintage Association is the National controlling body for motorsport activities in respect of vehicles – motorcars, commercials and motorcycles built before December 31 1997 in Southern Africa. It is an association of nearly 50 affiliated clubs throughout Southern Africa.

As SAVVA is an association of clubs, persons who have an interest in the preservation, restoration and use of older vehicles may join a club in their area. Individual membership is not available. Consult the list of Clubs elsewhere herein.

Only vehicles built before December 31, 1930 are classified as Vintage. Post Vintage are vehicles built between January 1931 and December 31, 1945. Consult the Dating page.


Vehicles are categorised into the following groups (hover over an image for more information):