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My Healey titled as 1960, Heritage Cert says built in 1959

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brandonhole71@g...
My Healey titled as 1960, Heritage Cert says built in 1959

Does anyone have an opinion here - my BT73686 was built in 1959 but was titled until 1960 when it arrived and was sold in the U.S.

Is it a 1959 or 1960? Should I try to change the title?

Thanks!

kopters58@gmail.com
61 3000 MKI

I have a HBN7L/10979 with the same issue the Heritage Cert says built in July 1960 but it is titled as 61. I have decided not to pursue the issue since there is a tag on the firewall that states "BMC 61"

sportscarsplus@...
The most likely scenario is

The most likely scenario is that its title year reflects the date it was registered by the first owner. The car *may* have been used as a demonstrator for a brief period, or maybe even sat dormant in storage if the selling dealer was somewhere that got high snowfall amounts in the winter__not the best time to sell a sportscar!

Now here's a really puzzling one: When I bought my Healey, it was titled in California as a 1957 and the chassis VIN & paperwork all matches. It was nearly a decade later when I requested a BMIHT certificate, and the date of manufacture are listed as May 14-15, 1958. How do you suppose a car gets titled before it's even built? I've since transferred the title in three (3) different states, as I've moved around the country (Louisiana, Ohio & currently Florida) but rather than open up that can of worms, I've never disputed the year of manufacture on the title; I still call it a '57 Healey!

bgearns@yahoo.com
What year is your car

Your car is what it says on the title. BMC worked on “models” and didn’t care about “years”, U.S. manufacturers worked on “models” and “years”, they ceated a new version of every model every year with minor changes. Back in the day BMC vehicles were manufactured and sent to dealers, and sat on the lot until sold. They were titled when sold. If a car was built in say June of 1959 and it was on the lot in September. GM, Ford and Chrysler would introduce the new model year vehicles in October and all the Healey’s siting on the dealer lot suddenly became 1960’s. So your car built in June of 1959 gets titled as a 1960. It really doesn’t matter it’s a BT7.
In the late1960’s with the introduction of safety and later emission standards, the Department Of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Administration all began to establish “standards” which had to be met by certain dates. Vehicle “years” are now determined by what standards they meet. Read the sticker on the driver’s door opening of your everyday driver.