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JohnLW

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No Compliance Plate - a problem?
« on: May 07, 2020, 01:37:57 PM »
I'm looking to buy a 1973 spider, but have found this partic. vehicle has no compliance plate. VIN is AR2470403, Engine No AR0051258933.
It had a full bare metal body restoration approx 8 years ago, the seller believes the plate may have been removed then and not replaced. 
The car appears to be an original RHD and has the twin brake boosters that would indicate an Aus delivered car (which is what I'd prefer).
It is currently on Vic Club Permit registration, and I have sighted the previous registration papers to prove it has previously been on full Victorian registration.
Vicroads website states that as long as there is proof of previous registration, it can be legally registered, they simply record it as having no plate.

My questions - should I be worried about the car's history?  Is there any way, in the absence of the plate, I can confirm if this was an Australia delivered car?  And lastly, does the absence of a plate reduce its authenticity and hence its resale when I sell it?

Many thanks.

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Re: No Compliance Plate - a problem?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2020, 01:46:07 PM »
If you want absolute certainty, I suggest you just pay the exorbitant fee to get original build and sale dates from Alfa's Centro Documentazione.That will confirm if it was a factory-to-Australia delivery.

The fee was 30 Euros a couple of years ago, but free when I got details on my GTV in 2015.



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Re: No Compliance Plate - a problem?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2020, 01:52:42 PM »
Thanks poohbah, I plan to, but they are closed until May 20! Will have to temper my eagerness.

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Re: No Compliance Plate - a problem?
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2020, 02:09:40 PM »
The short answer to your last question is yes.  If it should have a compliance plate and does not that will reduce its value for most people.  Is it one of the cars on carsales at present or do you have any photos of it?

 
I'm looking to buy a 1973 spider, but have found this partic. vehicle has no compliance plate. VIN is AR2470403, Engine No AR0051258933.
It had a full bare metal body restoration approx 8 years ago, the seller believes the plate may have been removed then and not replaced. 
The car appears to be an original RHD and has the twin brake boosters that would indicate an Aus delivered car (which is what I'd prefer).
It is currently on Vic Club Permit registration, and I have sighted the previous registration papers to prove it has previously been on full Victorian registration.
Vicroads website states that as long as there is proof of previous registration, it can be legally registered, they simply record it as having no plate.

My questions - should I be worried about the car's history?  Is there any way, in the absence of the plate, I can confirm if this was an Australia delivered car?  And lastly, does the absence of a plate reduce its authenticity and hence its resale when I sell it?

Many thanks.

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Re: No Compliance Plate - a problem?
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2020, 02:23:27 PM »
Rowan, is not actually being offered for sale at present, belongs to father of a neighbour.  He has owned for 12 years, body restoration 8 years ago.  Ive seen pics of the bare metal resto including the floors.  Is vague/has poor memory so cannot recall re: compliance plate.  Body looks very good, good paint and workmanship, have checked today with a magnet and no evidence of mass filler.  Engine starts and idles well, is quiet, but could be smoother under acceleration, some missing and pinging.  Car only gets out 5 times/year so that may be part of that problem, fuel system and plugs probably need cleaning at least.  Driveline seems sound and quiet.  Interior needs an overhaul partic seats which I dont mind doing.

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Re: No Compliance Plate - a problem?
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2020, 02:29:38 PM »
Ok - I was interested in seeing photos to see if anything about it's history could be spotted particularly as to where it was originally delivered.  If I was buying a car on the basis that it was supposed to be Australian delivered and was a 1973 model, i wouldn't be interested if it didn't have a compliance plate.

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Re: No Compliance Plate - a problem?
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2020, 03:31:50 PM »
Rowan, am having trouble attaching images, if I can get over the issue Ill post a couple. Thanks, John.

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Re: No Compliance Plate - a problem?
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2020, 10:19:23 AM »
Would it have even had an AU compliance plate affixed in 1973?  I thought '73 was the start of ADRs so it may have missed out in the crossover period.
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Re: No Compliance Plate - a problem?
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2020, 01:30:32 PM »
They had them from 1970.

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Re: No Compliance Plate - a problem?
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2020, 01:50:13 PM »
Are the four rivet holes present where the plate would have been?


Iíd be more concerned about the level of restoration to be honest, that is going to effect the value exponentially more than a missing compliance plate, especially if it is okay to be registered (in any state) based upon previous reg history/chassis numbers

(Iím not suggesting it hasnít been restored well.. but there is well, and there is properly.. so it never rusts again)
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Re: No Compliance Plate - a problem?
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2020, 08:19:25 PM »
I don't believe Australian Compliance plates were introduced until sometime in 1973, possibly October. Some states like SA didn't even have them till 1977.
ADR's did start in 1969 but the plates came later.
The R/H/Drive 2000 Spider you list by your Chassis number was manufactured late in 1971
Emailing the Histrico is the ultimate way to confirm your vehicles history.....other than that you would need to turn up some original registration records. Club registration info is no use to you.
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Re: No Compliance Plate - a problem?
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2020, 08:13:34 PM »
I donít consider this to be a problem, as has been opined earlier, condition is much more important. For example, none of the 35-50 split dash GTV6s have compliance plates and they were all registered as 2 litres!

I also owned an Australian delivered Subaru SVX, no compliance plate on that either. Some time ago I owned three Honda Coupe 9s (why?) all 1970-71. They had compliance plates with nothing on them..

If its been registered here before, you should have no problems. Relax and enjoy the car😎
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Re: No Compliance Plate - a problem?
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2020, 12:41:23 PM »
An interesting discussion... While I worked in vehicle certification for ~14 years, it was all dealing with vehicles post Motor Vehicles Standards Act 1989. Prior to that, the states stipulated what standards were applicable and if a plate was required.

You will note the Pre 1989 plates had the ADRs to which they complied on them. Post 1989 plates only have the approval number on them. The details of the approval and ADRs that the vehicle was certified to was held in a publicly accessible database called RVCS. The state could check via the portal. After the introduction of the Act, the "Manufacturer" (importer) was responsible for affixing the compliance plate.

My latest personal acquisition (a '74 GTV 2000 - jigsaw puzzle) has the compliance plate fixed to the LH top of the firewall. This is the first time I have seen one there. I would say it was an indication that dealers fitted them. As I am most probably going to convert it to a Scalino, I will not re-affix the plate under the bonnet, but keep it in the glovebox...
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Re: No Compliance Plate - a problem?
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2020, 07:14:44 PM »
You're correct Luke. In the 70's the plates were Dealer fitment and that arrangement was a bit loose too.
As for Australian standards back then, most Euro cars were built to a superior standard than ours. ADR's in fact required the removal of some things, like rear fog lamps and tinted front windscreens.  In the case of Alfa Romeo the Australian cars were no different than what was delivered to other markets so I wouldn't be concerned one bit about the compliance plates.
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Re: No Compliance Plate - a problem?
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2020, 07:38:45 PM »
Many years ago in Perth I restored a '75 Spider. It had no compliance plate, but was registered in WA, no issues. During the strip down, found a Krugerrand  coin under the floor mats. Go figure.
Sold it to a TV producer in Melbourne about five years ago. Nice car, I miss it.
Agree with previous poster - no issue if no compliance plate as long as it's been previously registered.