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Welcome to the Pre’50 American Auto Club  --  the Pre50AAC

The Pre 50 American Auto Club is the biggest and best club in the UK catering for the lover of classic American cars, trucks and bikes. It has attained an important place in vehicle preservation in the UK, helping to increase the awareness and popularity of the classic American vehicle. The club is democratically run and controlled by all its members, governed by a detailed constitution first adopted in 1967.

The club was founded to promote interest in the older American vehicle and to assist owners by locating parts and offering advice.  

The club is open to anyone who either owns an American vehicle of any age or who supports the interests and objectives of the club but does not own an American vehicle.

Club President Alan Murphy, introduces the Pre50AAC



Pre50AAC Shows in 2018.


9 - 11 November  2018

Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery

Taking place at Birmingham's NEC from Friday 9 - Sunday 11 November 2018

Come along & visit the Pre50 on stand number 5-870.  

An evening at the cinema  

BUUK Infrastructure, Bury St. Edmunds, IP30 9UP are having a works summer party/BBQ on Friday 10th August with a 'Grease' theme.  The film itself is going to be shown on a large screen at approx. 19:30.

They’re looking to get a few period American cars there. You’d be most welcome, and you’ll probably get some free food and a drink.

Any questions get in touch with James at 

Members Cars For Sale.   

Check our For Sale page to see the cars our members currently have for sale.

Pre50 Club Meetings in the Bristol area.  

See the news section on the Members front page for dates of our monthly breakfast meetings and evening meetings through 2017.

Pre50 Club Meetings in the London area.   

Club member Farrol Goldblatt is planning to set up the occasional Pre50 club meeting in the London area.  If you are interested in following this up with Farrol, you can see his contact details in the members pages (click here).

Memory Lane Request from old member Keith Webster…

Hi there,

Just wondered if anyone could help with my brief trip down memory lane?

Just about 50 years ago I was pursuing a Packard from a chap at work at the old Wescot Jeans Factory, Egham. The car was a black limousine, had running boards, you could sit in the back and have a game of cards opposite each other.  It had a pre-selector gearbox, only three gears as remembered, the second faulty.  He wanted  £200 for it (about nine months money for me at that time) Two of my mates were also interested in helping me with this dream and in about 6 weeks we had about £90 towards it.

However, in the meantime one of them had a great barn find of TWO Indian motorcycles!

We fetched them and got them going but felt that it would be better to sell these to do them justice and give us some funds. The Packard owner put me in touch with the Pre50AAC (I believe in Maidenhead at that time).  Duly two members contacted me and we sold both Indians for £40!  Unfortunately the Packard, previously of Baron Lyle fame, had been sold for £120.

Wondered if anyone can remember anything of these vehicles and/or what might have happened to them.  This would make a great story for my grandchildren.


Keith Webster.

29 July

If you know anything of this tale, you can get in touch with Keith via Luke Arnott.

DVLA will accept Pre50AAC  Dating Certificates

Despite a number of members writing to their MP regarding DVLA intransigence over accepting our Dating Certificates,which resulted in us receiving written confirmation that the issue had been resolved,it appears the message has not reached all those who deal with such matters.

Today I heard that a member was told “the Pre 50 are not authorised by DVLA” and as a result will not renew his membership.

PLEASE contact me BEFORE you get in touch with DVLA to register a vehicle,otherwise you will deal with someone reading a script off a screen and who would not know what an Oldsmobile is if they fell over one.  

Luke Arnott

Hon Secretary

Our club vehicle  –  1964 Chevrolet C30 Panel Van.  

David Radcliffe-Watts has written a great article on the purchase and restoration of our club vehicle, a 1964 Chevrolet C30 panel van. You can read the story here.


Club Badges

Pre50AAC chrome and enamel Grill Badges.  £16 including p&p and a fixing bracket.


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