Archive Centre

The Rootes Archive Centre Trust (RACT)


Formed in 2004 the Rootes Archive Centre Trust (RACT) was registered with the Charity Commission in early 2005 and now has 6 volunteer Trustees who oversee the running of the charity

RACT has some clear aims which are:

  • To preserve and promote the heritage of the Rootes Group and its successor companies
  • Use the information held to help clubs remanufacture parts to keep classic cars on the road
  • Use the information to help future generations keep classic cars on the road through a greater technical awareness
  • Provide and share data or information for historical research
Rootes Archive Centre Trust

After a major fundraising campaign RACT moved into its own, freehold, Archive building at Wroxton near Banbury in October 2017 and is now working to repay the outstanding loans.

The Archive is now the home of everything Rootes and includes:

Original materials from Rootes and Chrysler Engineering departments from 1920 – 1980 and includes:

  • 150,000 full-size original Engineering drawings
  • 150,000 engineering drawings on microfiche
  • Extensive photographic library
  • Literature and Company documentation
  • Artefacts of the company

The Archive is always looking for additional support in helping to catalogue the many exhibits and welcomes interested individuals.

As a charity the Archive is funded by donations and if you want to help then why not become a Friend of the Archive – more details can be found by clicking  here.

If you want further information, then contact the Trustees.