Welcome to
The Society of
Automotive Historians
in Britain

which is an entirely independent organisation that was originally established in 1980 as a Chapter of the American-based Society of Automotive Historians that had been founded in 1969.

The principal purpose of the SAHB is to encourage research, recording, compilation and publication of historical facts concerning the worldwide development of mechanically powered road transport and all related topics from inception to the present day.

The SAHB exists for all those of amateur or professional status who are interested in any aspect of motoring history, whether or not they are UK resident. The Society produces a quarterly publication: SAHB Times, an annual journal: Aspects of Motoring History; plus a comprehensive Membership Directory which assists in information exchange networking.

The SAHB holds two Seminars annually in the Spring and Autumn where speakers give presentations on an extensive variety of motoring-relating topics.

Bugatti Type 50

by Mark Morris and Julius Kruta 2019 review by James Loveridge Porter Press International have continued their Great Car...

CAR NUMBER CLASSICS

by Nicholas Young 2019 review by John Harrison This is a book not just for the “vehicle registration anorak”...

Aspects of Motoring History # 14

Published July 2018. 114 pages, colour cover, over 80 black & white illustrations and charts, softbound, and 16 pages of full colour. Contents:...

Aspects of Motoring History # 13

Published July 2017. 108 pages, colour cover, over 60 black & white illustrations and charts, softbound, and 8 pages of full colour. Contents: Obituary:...

News

Announcing a new book

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book on Gloucestershire motor registrations covering the period before the…


Rolls-Royce, Racing, Reporting – and the VSCC Library – at the 2018 Spring Seminar weekend

The SAHB returned on Sunday 14th April to Wroxall Abbey near Coventry, after a fascinating visit to the VSCC library…


The de la Besse Motor Sleigh – the source car identified

Our good friend Ariejan Bos, ace identifier of early cars, has made a positive identification of the origins of the…


A highly successful second European Automotive History Conference in The Hague

The SAHB, together with our sister societies in Germany, the Netherlands and Italy (AHG, CONAM and AISA) held a highly…


Cool cars in West Sussex – The Horsham District Tour 2019

A friend of the SAHB, knowing of our love of old cars of all ages, has just sent us a…


Snapshot

SNAPSHOT 216: 1929 Pierce-Arrow Model 143

Contemporary colour photographs of pre-war cars are relatively rare, so it was pleasant surprise to find this one.  The caption…


Snapshot 215: Austin 7 ‘Boat’

It was low tide in Vicarage Gardens, W8, when this sad little craft caught the photographer’s eye. But fame, if…


SNAPSHOT 214: 1908 Argus Limousine

So often, captions in early motoring magazines give very little away, and under this picture we had no more clues…


SNAPSHOT 213: ca. 1912 Rollo cyclecar

This snapshot was discovered very recently in a ‘bygones’ shop in Clapham in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales not seven miles…


SNAPSHOT 212: 1951 Lancia Aurelia B20 Coupé

This beautiful picture was taken at the time of the car’s launch in 1951 at the Paris Salon.  Not surprisingly,…