Page 4.   SD Enthusiasts' Club Newsletter - Winter 2018.

How many SD’s are left?



Does this 1967 ‘T’ Type still exist? According to DVLA records it does, although registered as un-taxed. Aled Rees has written:- "I met the last owner and occupier of this ex Pakamatic T type Reg. No. MVO 971 E earlier in the year, he drove it to Portugal for a music festival in the late 1990's, some years later he returned to the UK leaving the SD on a Portuguese farm." Phil Clifford directed me to the useful website “How  many left?” https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/make/sd The chart below clearly shows how the numbers of SD’s on our roads declined from 1994 onwards. The site warns that there are inaccuracies in the DVLA records.

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

599

416

321

226

148

103

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

72

54

41

38

36

31


From 2007 figures include vehicles registered as stored off road (SORN) and total numbers have remained fairly constant around 35. The latest figures are 28 licenced and 9 SORN. From my own trawl through the DVLA records I know the identity of 14 licenced, 9 SORN and 37 untaxed. Full details of these can be found on the Preserved Vehicles page on the website. Any additions, corrections, comments, alterations etc are very welcome by email. I’m certain there will be things that I’ve got wrong. To find the new pdf list  CLICK HERE The breakdown of the figures is:-


                           TOTALS

 

Category

Taxed

SORN

Untaxed

Freighter

2

1

4

W Type

2

 

3

T Type

1

2

11

N Type

1

1

 

P Type

3

1

 

SPV Fire Appliance

6

3

16

Other SPV

 

1

3

TOTAL

15

9

37


I spent some time looking at photos in a Google search. There are many hundreds that appear. Where the registration numbers are readable I checked the status of the vehicle on  https://vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/ViewVehicle from this I suspect that often a vehicle is scrapped and the owner fails to advise the DVLA about it.


Perhaps the most interesting discovery was this 1978 Jetranger airport crash tender Reg No. EGO 852 T. This is registered as taxed and I believe is part of a museum at Gatwick Airport.

Further work is needed to try to understand these results. Any comments would be very welcome.

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