General Automotive information


Veteran, Vintage, Classic, Antique, Historic ????

Veteran cars were those made up until 1918

Vintage cars were those made from January 1919 until December 1930

Post vintage cars (in Aust and NZ ) are those made between 1931 and 1940

Classic Bay to Birdwood Classic invites entries from vehicles 1 January 1956 to 31 December 1977. (in 2013)

            Bay to Birdwood is open to vehicles manufactured before 31 December 1955 (in 2012)

Antique (a US definition I found) Antique Motor Vehicle - A motor vehicle, but not a reproduction thereof, manufactured more than 25 years prior to the current year, which has been maintained in or restored to a condition, which is substantially in conformance with manufacturer specifications.

Historic vehicle (in SA) is a motor vehicle where 30 years or more have elapsed since Jan 1 of the year of which the vehicle was manufactured (and from July 1st 2012 only vehicles built before 1979 ) and has not been altered. (other than some slight approved alterations)



South Australian registration numbers

RAA 000 to RZZ 999 were issued from Jan 1 1967.

The series commencing with S commenced 14 March 1974.

The T series was omitted for cars

The U series commenced Nov 24 1981.

The V series of plates commenced March 27 1990.


Vehicle types.


Saloon   Car for driver and passengers with closed body

Coupe  means 2 door closed vehicle

Utility  The utility is a peculiarly Australian vehicle; rather than the bigger purpose built "pick ups" of the United States, the utility traditionally is based on a passenger car, with the body work being essentially one piece, rather than having a cargo area as a separate piece of body work..

Station Sedan   Holden originally used the term "station sedan" as a Melbourne coach building firm (Cordell's) had registered the term "station wagon"

Station Wagon

Panel Van


Hard top



                                                                                    Disclaimer. Whilst I endeavour to provide correct information this is an amateur site and all information should be checked for accuracy.


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