The FédérationInternationale des VéhiculesAnciens (FIVA) was founded in 1966 on the back of an idea formulated by a handful of organisations representing historic vehicle enthusiasts from a number of different countries. The founders felt the time had come for an international body to promote and guide the interests of the historic vehicle movement throughout the world. At present FIVA boasts over 75 member organisations in more than 50 countries throughout the world, which in turn represents more than 1,000,000 historic vehicle enthusiasts.

FIVA's primary objective is to encourage the safe use of self-propelled, mechanical vehicles, greater than 25 years old, on the roads for the benefit of both their owners, dedicated enthusiasts and the general public. To that end, FIVA has devised its own code for the safe promotion of rallies or mildly competitive events, and in collaboration with the European Commission, has recently published a Drivers' Code for more general guidance of historic vehicle users.

FIVA is also focused on the preservation of historic vehicles, which are accepted as important part of our industrial heritage, and strives to catalogue as many historic vehicles as possible through the FIVA Vehicle ID card, which is administered by its Technical Commission. What’s more, FIVA has forged links with UNESCO and has persuaded the European Commission to accept historic vehicles as a significant contribution to our industrial heritage. In addition, FIVA also has important links with 'FédérationInternationale de l'Automobile' (FIA) to promote the interests of historic cars in more sporting arenas and 'Fédération Internationale Motorcyliste' (FIM) to help achieve similar objectives for motorcycles.

Through its Legislation Commission, FIVA has been assiduous in protecting the continued use of historic vehicles against any adverse legislation.

There are many thousands of historic vehicle owners throughout the world who seek to use their vehicles as they see fit. FIVA exists to encourage each and every one of these people and caters for all sorts of historic vehicles, through its various working groups, from agricultural tractors and commercial vehicles to cars and motorcycles.