FIVA incorporates the Turin Charter guidelines to draw special attention to the rights of driving historical road vehicles on international roads. With help from the charter, historic cars in the future will not be put to pasture and just lie in museums but will be seen on public roads to be admired and appreciated as they most rightly should be. This is the only way in which their history and legacy can be shared with the public.
The charter instructs users and owners on ways in which these original vehicles should be restored, maintained and kept in pristine conditions. Proper documentation of all work undertaken and various steps taken so as to assure its roadworthiness need to be maintained.
The Turin Charter was presented at the Mercedes Benz Museum. As the inventor of the automobile there are few who are better versed with the procedure involved in maintaining luxury vehicles. The company is well aware of the entire gamut of sources to prove the authenticity of a Mercedes Benz vehicle. The Charter was presented precisely 127 years after Carl Benz registered his patent at the Imperial Patent Office in Berlin. Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) was established in 1966 and includes over 85 member organisations in a total of 62 countries together representing more than 1,500,000 classic vehicle enthusiasts.