No, its not slang for “Give me 5!” However it does have significance in the world of cars and their preservation.

What is does FIVA mean, “Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens” and was founded in 1966 to the request of several worldwide organizations to come together for the preservation of cars that are historical in nature. Currently there are 85 organizations in 62 countries and over a million and a half cars registered.

This is their purpose: “FIVA’s primary objective is to encourage the safe use of self-propelled, mechanical vehicles, more than thirty years old, on the roads for the benefit of both their owners, dedicated enthusiasts and the general public.” FIVA also has important links with ‘Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile’ (FIA) to promote the interests of historic cars in more sporting arenas and ‘Fédération Internationale Motorcyliste’ FIM to help achieve similar objectives for motorcycles.”

If your car was made in 1982 or older, then your car will qualify.


FIVA defines a vehicle of potential interest as a mechanically propelled road vehicle: which is at least 20 and less than 30 years old; which is preserved and well maintained in a correct condition; and which therefore may become part of our motoring heritage.

FIVA defines a historic vehicle as a mechanically propelled road vehicle:

  • which is at least 30 years old
  • which is preserved and maintained in a historically correct condition
  • which is not used as a means of daily transport
  • and which is therefore a part of our technical and cultural heritage

I will attempt to summarize the process to which you must present your car for inspection (scrutinizing) and the rules that must be followed in order for the owner of the car to earn a  FIVA registration card.

  1. The owner of a vehicle may be an individual person, a partnership or a company
  2. The history of a vehicle starts with the assembly of the main parts, the production date.
    The history mentioned in the application should include items such as date of manufacture, date of dispatch, first registration, previous owner/s, participation in events, restorations etc.
  3. The model year may be defined by the manufacturer for commercial use. It is mostly
    connected with changes of design and/or colours, equipment, etc but does not necessarily comply with year of manufacture.
  4. The year of manufacture is the production date and independent from the model year.
  5. The card is printed by FIVA on a counterfeit-proof paper and each copy is numbered as it is printed, and each group of numbers of cards delivered to an ANF is dedicated to that ANF. (ANF being a person who inspects your documents and car)
  6. A FIVA sticker will be delivered with each FIVA Identity Card at issue to the ANF, to be displayed on the concerned vehicle. It carries the same number as the FIVA identity Card.
  7. The ANFs are responsible for the pricing of the FIVA Identity Card in their country, within the limits set by FIVA. Different prices may be set for different categories of owners (FIVA Club members and others), or different types of vehicles (cars, motorcycles, etc.)
  8. The application form must be accompanied by 3 identical colour photographs 9×13 cm of the vehicle in its present form. If a car, it should be a ¾ front view (½ front, ½ side), if a motorcycle, a side view (left or right) is sufficient.
  9. As a matter of principle, no FIVA Identity card will be issued by an ANF or FIVA without the vehicle having been physical inspected.
  10. Experts: The expert examines the vehicle and the related documentation in order to verify the information provided by the owner. In doubt about authenticity or if their knowledge is insufficient, advice must be sought fromtheir national colleagues, their ANF or through the ANF from another ANF or from international specialists or even the FIVA Technical Commission.
  11. A copy of the registration certificate of the vehicle (except non registered vehicles) must be submitted for examination as essential indications are given therein: owner, registration number, serial number and technical details.
  12. After the application form is filled in, the owner makes the vehicle available to the expert. The owner produces the proof of what is stated, either physically on the vehicle or with the help of appropriate documents he is responsible to provide.
  13. The significant number of vehicles of questionable authenticity, mainly in the sport/racing categories, proposed as entries to major international events makes necessary an improved reliability in the issue procedure of the FIVA Identity Card.
    Upon decision of the ANF an extended inspection may be required. The extended inspection shall be carried out by more than one person and with the assistance of marque specialists. The experts may proceed as a team or independently. Additional help and independence are applicable in extended inspection and even more important
  14. Classes of cars are: Original, Authentic, Restored, Rebuilt, with each class having its own criteria.

You are free to chime in with comments. Honestly, I am not the worlds most authority on any one thing, however if I can make someone learn something, or help them get a car registered with any of these organizations, then I have accomplished what I set out to do.

So you know of anyone with a Veloce or Sprint Speciale that you can add to my registers, please send me an email to 65veloce at gmail dot com

Stick around for the next article on RIAR.


About alfadoc

I have been involved in Alfa Romeo cars since 1970 when I bought my 1600 Veloce spider. It was in 1972 that I started the Veloce Register for 1600 cars. It was in 1998 that I added the Sprint Veloce, 750 Spider Veloce and Sprint Speciale registers. Currently I own 2 Alfas: a 1994 164 Quadrifoglio.and a 1991 Spider "Automatic"
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