Good day to you all,
Chas Longhurst, our Vice-President and Events co-coordinator has written a review on the trials and tribulations of taking a Classic car to the ITV station. Like all cars driven on the road classic cars need to pass a technical inspection. A number of checks are carried out on the vehicle to make sure that it is safe to drive and road worthy. If your classic has ordinary plates, then it will need to be inspected annually. If it is on historic plates, then the date of inspection depends on the age of the car and can be either 5 or 3 years.
To get historic plates. Firstly, your car need to pass an extensive ITV inspection which is more expensive than a standard ITV. However, ITV inspectors are aware that historic cars can hit the road in their original way, so they only check the basic safety points on the car.
As with many things in Spain, the process is a long drawn out affair. I will look into the process/requirements and post an update here as soon as I find any more information. For now here is Chas experience.
During the middle of February this year I took my Triumph Vitesse for its first ITV inspection. (In my ownership) With Judy’s help we booked an appointment online with the ITV station in Vera.
My Vitesse is on Historic plates, and only needs an ITV every 3 years. (See above) Young Bill kept me company as this was my first visit with a classic car, and I am sure that he would find the experience interesting if not entertaining. Upon entering the tunnel, unlike an ordinary car the Vitesse was not subjected to an emission test, nor seat belt verification. The next step was to compare the commission plate number with the chassis number. (On which it failed) For the life of me, and through lack of knowledge I could not locate the chassis number.
The next stage, was the full external lights inspection. A task in Itself-Full beam, dipped, sidelights, indicators, reversing and brake lights. My car does not have fog lights or hazards but, the inspector did not question this.
Followed, by the brake test, both hand and foot. Fortunately, both these passed by 110% so much so that the car shot off the test roller-backwards-whilst still beeping horn!
Then onto the torture test-the rolling road. This tests the car’s wheel bearings and general tracking. (Which, again the car failed) The rear offside wheel bearing was not up to standard. That was it-my poor car left the testing station with a ‘Not passed with documentation on its failure points.
With a historic car. The ITV station gives you 3 months from the date of failure to re-test without further charge. So six weeks later with two new wheel bearings on the back wheel (Thank you Bill) I also went aimed with a Triumph Vitesse owner’s manual in both English and Spanish, this proved helpful to ascertain the whereabouts of the elusive chassis number-much to the inspector’s satisfaction.
Fantastic-the car passed its ITV on its second inspection. So that’s it for another 3 years.
So if you are taking your Historic/Classic car for an ITV here are a few tips.
1. Make sure the horn works
2. Take original car owner’s manual in case of any query over numbers and their locations
3. If you don’t speak Spanish-take someone with you who does.
Some useful links
ITV stations (Inspección Técnica de Vehículos) in Almeria.
To book an appointment online.
Address/Opening Times/ITV stations in Andalucía.
Our drive 2015
Paul and I have had a Morris in the family for as far back as I can remember. On our first date Paul turned up in a 1969 green Morris Minor Traveller. I was horrified!There I was dressed up to the nines ready for a ‘posh’ night out. I did not expect to be ‘taken out’ in a midwife or school master’s car as I associated the Minor’s with back then. I wasn’t too impressed (with the car) and my friends, well… they found it highly amusing. However, I soon got used to it. It was fun, different and above all cheap to run. Since then we have had many more.
Our favourite was a maroon one which we part-exchanged for a Ford Sierra. Originally manufactured in 1962, it was sound and still going strong. We went everywhere in it. The kids hated it! They were just at that teenage in-between age so if they misbehaved, their punishment was to be taken to school in the Moggie-or worse Paul would wave at their friends as he passed them whilst the kids would hide down in the back seat, trying to go incognito and praying their friends did not see them. They really did not appreciate their dad driving round and round the roundabout like Mr Bean- ‘You’re so not funny dad!’ was the usual remark.
Taken outside our (then) house 25 years ago.
Even worse, one day Paul turned up in a Morris Minor van he just had to buy. ‘Oh my God’ the kids declared ‘Dad thinks he’s Postman Pat!’ and to make matters worse he bought a Postman Pat tape and played it full blast from the homemade converted tape machine- stuck together with masking tape. ‘Mum tell him… why can’t we have a proper car… like normal people?’ The van had a ‘custom’ makeover. It had blacked-out port-holes for windows and the interior resembled ‘a tart’s boudoir’ with its pink padded draylon and cushions.
Besides the two we already had Paul found a Morris Minor saloon in Exchange & Mart, only £40.00 a bargain he said. (I wish it were the same nowadays) so by now we were well on our way to having the full set-our own Morris Minor collection. We had plans to move to the coast, so I’m afraid the cars had to go… well most of them. We kept the maroon one which, due to a misunderstanding got scrapped in 1997. (Hubby left it in a friend’s yard, and the scrap man took it away.)
We did not get another one until 2011. This time a complete wreck that (still) needs an extensive restoration. In 2013 Paul bought the Morris Traveller we drive now, bought unseen, it arrived on a transporter from the UK. Fortunately, we are really pleased with it. The only thing is my drive is once again becoming cluttered with Morris Minor’s… some things never change.
Now for the Science.
The Morris Minor first emerged from Alec Issigonis’s sketch pad around 1943 and launched at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show and quickly became the star attraction in the small car sector; its clean, modern styling and technical ingenuity put it ahead of not just its immediate rivals, but also many larger saloons. The war was won, and people were fed up with years of austerity and rationing. They had enjoyed driving in the Army and were looking for a small (ish) economical car for their families. Issigonis delivered a stylish, roomy car which was affordable to the working class.
The Morris had a monocoque modern body shell, and independent front suspension. Gone were the separate running boards, wings and chassis. Furthermore, Issigonis had purposely designed small wheels for the car giving the car a ‘big car’ look. Lord Nuffield (William Morris) the owner of Morris was not over-keen on Issigonis’s radical design and referred to the Minor (saloon) as ‘a poached egg.’
Initially two versions were available. The two door saloon, and the more expensive ‘convertible’. Followed, by the 4 door saloon which was introduced in 1950, and the Traveller in 1953. The Minor’s versatility was further shown in its light van and pick-up variants, the former being much favoured by the Royal Mail (or the GPO as it was known). The cars were built at Cowley, although production was eventually switched to the Morris Commercial Vehicles site in Birmingham.
Such was the appeal of the Minor that over 1.6 million vehicles were built over its 23 year life-span. Production finally ceased in 1971 with the Traveller and light van being the last Minors built.
The Morris continues to be popular, a contemporary classic, and can often be seen in Television soaps and dramas.