First car registered in Solihull

When Solihull became a County Borough on 1st April 1964, it took over responsibility from Warwickshire County Council for driver and vehicle licensing in Solihull. From that day, Solihull drivers had to obtain their tax discs from the Local Taxation Officer at the Council House in Poplar Road. The Birmingham Post reported that the creation of a separate registration for Solihull would have a considerable effect on motor licensing statistics for Warwickshire. The Government took over vehicle licensing from 1974.

The Ministry of Transport allocated Solihull the registration marks A-Y, followed by XC , followed by a running number and a “year letter” denoting the year of registration (B for 1964, C for 1965 and so on). The XC registration was already in use by London County Council who promised not to use a year letter so that there wouldn’t be any confusion with the Solihull registrations.

The first vehicle registered in the County Borough was registered on ‘Elevation Day’ itself – 1st April. It was a grey and burgundy 3-litre Rover coupé, registered by the Rover Motor Co. Ltd and destined for the chairman of the company, Mr L. G. T. (later Sir George) Farmer and had the registration “AXC 1 B” .

If anyone has a photograph of the car, we’d be really grateful to have a copy for the heritage and local studies collection at Solihull Central Library (email:

Local Studies Librarian

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