Machine Dating

Machine Dating

Machine Dating of Redditch Built Models

See also:
Important Advice Notes
UK Registration Recovery
UK Age Related Registration
Indian domestic model imports

The despatch date of nearly all machines can be determined from the Redditch factory ledgers owned by the REOC. A machine dating certificate can be issued if the information supplied matches that in these ledgers.

UK residents

should apply by post, sending pencil rubbings of frame and engine numbers, including any prefix letters, along with photographs of both sides of the machine.

Overseas residents

may apply by email, attaching close up photos of the frame and engine numbers, as well as photographs of both sides of the machine.

NB: Royal Enfield frame and engine numbers are very often not unique, which is why we require the pictures and rubbings. This also avoids any possible transcription errors, which could result in a wrong answer.

Payment options

This service is free to members and is of invaluable assistance to those trying to uncover the history of their particular machine.

A fee of £28.00 is required from non-members with a UK postcode and £30.00 from those overseas.

Cheques should be made payable to the Royal Enfield Owners Club. You can pay by credit/debit card by phoning the membership secretary. The dating officer will receive confirmation that payment has been made. The phone number is on the membership form which you can download.

Apply by post to:

John Dove
Sawbridge Road
CV23 8DN


Or click on this link to email: REOC Machine Dating Officer

Please remember that the dating officer is an unpaid volunteer in full time employment, so you may not get a reply by return. If you need the certificate now, you really should have asked earlier!!

Note that a machine dating certificate is not sufficient to apply for the recovery of a UK registration number. Please click on the link at the top of the page for information on how to do this. It should, however, be sufficient for anyone resident overseas to prove the age of their Royal Enfield to their licensing authority (DMV) if necessary.

If you require verification only (buying a bike?),

please contact the Chairman, Graham Scarth at