The Club has copies of the factory Despatch Books from 1927 to 1965 but the 1926 book is missing, as is the first book covering Leaders. For the appropriate sum, as mentioned on the website or in Cheval, the Archivist will provide a Dating Certificate which includes the factory Despatch Book data. The data will tell you which dealer the bike went to, engine and frame numbers, sometimes gearbox number, tyre details, magneto and carb details, any extras (such as "Pillion seat and footrests, speedo 100mph) and date of despatch. It will also give you a "Tab" number. The Tab number is the number by which the Works knew the bike and might be best considered as the detailed Order for the bike. For some particularly non-standard machines we sometimes get "see Tab for details" when there wasn't room in the column in the Despatch Book. I am not aware of any Tab details which have survived but I would love to be proved wrong.
36 4G, 37 VH, 53 ex ISDT KHA (project), 54 KH(A), Healey 1000/4 (project)
Former Machine Registrar & Archivist, General Secretary and Single Spares Organiser.