Welcome to
The Society of
Automotive Historians
in Britain Ltd

which is an entirely independent organisation, limited by guarantee and registered in England number 12780211, that was originally established in 1980 as a Chapter of the American-based Society of Automotive Historians that had been founded in 1969.

You can access full details of the company, including its directors and articles of association, through the Companies House link below.  Just click on the FILING HISTORY tab, which then gives access to a PDF with all the information.  The link is:


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.

GERRY BIRRELL – Lost Before His Time

By Darren Banks 2023 review by James Loveridge “GERRY BIRRELL – Lost Before His Time” by Darren Banks is...


By Den Carlow, Anders Ditlev Clausager, Paul Skilleter & Penny Woodley 2023 review by James Loveridge Even when the...

Aspects of Motoring History # 18

Published July 2022. 126 pages, 92 black & white illustrations and charts and 24 full-colour images, softbound. Articles: Craig...

Aspects of Motoring History # 17

Published June 2021. 109 pages, nearly 40 black & white illustrations and charts and 32 full-colour images, softbound. Articles:...


The Motorcycle Tours of Prince Albert I of Monaco

In December 2021 we posted a request for help from Michaël Bloche, Directeur de la Mission de Préfiguration des Archive…

News from 125 years ago, 1898 – an extract from The Autocar

This extract is in fact from the 9 February 1923 issue of The Autocar – looking back 25 years to…

Bonhams – The Bond Street Sale 16 December 2022

We were privileged to be able to attend this sale just before Christmas. The venue – the Bonhams premises in…

A request for information

Has anybody heard of Hugh Young in the context of old-car originality? James Loveridge’s recent review of Paul Griffin’s book…

A stylish American design from Kustomrama

This was our favourite of all the rod and custom cars, real or merely drawn as concepts, in the latest…


SNAPSHOT 415: 1910 Straker-Squire 15 h.p.

This car, “An elegant little 15-h.p. Straker-Squire Cabriolet-Coupe”, had just been delivered to Mr. Alfred Bennett of Old Broad Street….

SNAPSHOT 414: 1920 Calthorpe

The Calthorpe company made light cars that were far better than the norm. Their origins lay in the manufacture of…

SNAPSHOT 413: 1932 Lancia Dilambda

The 24th Monte Carlo Concours d’Élégance on 24 March 1932 produced two category winners – both Lancia Dilambda models and…

SNAPSHOT 412: 1958-1961 Alvis TD21

This would be a barn find if it were not for the knowledge that the owner stores his cars here….

SNAPSHOT 411: 1913 Fafnir 11-16 h.p.

There would be sparse information on the Fafnir car were it not for an article in a 1913 issue of…