About AHMF

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Australian Historic Motoring Federation Inc. (AHMF) is the national peak body for all historic motoring in Australia. AHMF is a federation of most state & territory based motoring councils. These councils represent 1000+ historic motoring clubs and close to 100,000 motoring enthusiasts across Australia.

AHMF aims to provide representation for the historic vehicle movement on a national basis to government departments, Australian organisations & business, and internationally to other national historic motoring bodies.

The Role of AHMF

  • To promote and support those organisations whose aims are the preservation, restoration and use of the Veteran, Vintage, Post Vintage, Historic 50's, Historic 60's etc. vehicles.
  • To promote and support the preservation of items associated with historic vehicles and machinery.
  • To collect and disseminate, wherever practicable, information deemed to be to the benefit of the historic vehicle movement
  • To publish or cause to be published any information, which it is deemed will promote or support the historic vehicle movement.
  • To encourage liaison, communication and co-operation between members.
  • To liaise with any organisation with similar aims to this Federation.
  • To represent our member organisations in national negotiations with Government agencies and other organisations.
  • To act on the recommendation of a majority of members in any matter wherein benefit to members, or the movement generally, will result.
  • To encourage and promote the use of all Veteran, Vintage, Post Vintage, Historic 50's, 60's etc. vehicles.

Classes of Vehicles

Below is a a brief description of the classes of historic vehicles represented by Australian Historic Motoring Federation Inc (AHMF).

AHMF determined a naming convention for vehicles of different ages that make up the old vehicle movement. There are 4 vehicle classes, while the historic class is sub-divided into each decade, up to 25 years old.


These are vehicles manufactured up to 31st December 1918.

These vehicles generally had:

  • Open body work
  • Simple 1 - 4 cylinder engine
  • Magneto ignition
  • Crank start
  • Gas headlights, or no headlights

Typical vehicles from the Veteran era are pictured here.

1901 Columbia (Veteran Era Vehicle Example)
1902 Royal Enfield (Veteran Era Vehicle Example)


These are vehicles manufactured from January 1st 1919 up to and including December 31st 1930.

These vehicles generally had:

  • "Soft top" - fold-down hoods
  • Electric or crank start
  • Four wheel brakes
  • Often still spoked wooden wheels - though steel or wire spokes were being introduced
  • Electric lights
  • Klaxon horns
  • Hand operated windscreen wipers
  • Coil and distributor ignition becoming standard
  • 4, 6 or straight 8 cylinder configuration
  • Side valve engines
  • Nickel and chrome plating
  • Most had a separate chassis (a few manufacturers had begun unitary construction)

Typical vehicles from the Vintage era are pictured here.

Lancia Lambda (Vintage Era Vehicle Example)
Rover 9 (Vintage Era Vehicle Example)


These are vehicles manufactured from January 1st 1931 up to and including December 31st 1949.

These vehicles generally had:

  • All steel bodies, often on a chassis
  • Wind up windows with rubber seals
  • Chrome bright-ware
  • Pressed steel wheels
  • Overhead valve engine
  • Independent front suspension
  • Luggage boot with a locking lid
  • Spare wheel and tyre, usually stored in the boot

Typical vehicles from the Post-Vintage era are pictured here.

1933 Studebaker (Post-Vintage Era Vehicle Example)
1949 Chevrolet (Post-Vintage Era Vehicle Example)
Ford Ute (Post-Vintage Era Vehicle Example)

Historic 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's

Any vehicle manufactured in the decades of the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's. etc up to 25 years old.

Australian-made Holden were available in the 1950's, although British and American vehicles were still prevalent. By the 1960's most of the vehicles sold were Australian-made; Holden & Ford Falcons were the most popular. BMC was building vehicles in Sydney while some British cars were assembled in Victoria and South Australia. American vehicles were being imported with some still assembled in Australia. Japanese vehicles were starting to arrive in larger numbers.

By the 1970's, Japanese companies had started building vehicles in Australia, British vehicles were fading from the market and European vehicles were imported in larger numbers.

FJ Holden (Historic Era Vehicle Example)
VW Kombi (Historic Era Vehicle Example)
1967 HR Holden (Historic Era Vehicle Example)
1970 Ford GT (Historic Era Vehicle Example)