Archive FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Autocar archive?

The Autocar Archive brings you almost 130 years of automotive history which has been documented and made available to digital readers across web and app platforms. Comprising more than 5900 fully searchable issues dating back to 1895, the archive serves as an important and ever-evolving historical record of the automotive industry. From the first public demonstration of cars in 1895 to the launch of timeless classic ‘The Mini' in 1959 and the arrival of the Ford Fiesta in 1976, Autocar has been at the forefront of each and every notable event in the history of automobiles. As well as the archive, digital subscriptions also include access to ongoing weekly issues that feature thought-provoking editorials, authoritative car reviews and news that leads the global agenda.

What content is available in the Autocar archive?

The Autocar archive houses a comprehensive selection of articles, road tests, comparison reviews, and special features dating back to the early days of Autocar's publication. You'll find classic car reviews, industry analysis, interviews, and much more. The Autocar archive offers an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in Autocar's 129-year history, presenting its extraordinary riches in an easy-to-use and fully searchable format.

Is the Autocar archive subscription the same as a regular Autocar magazine subscription?

No, they are separate subscriptions. The Digital Edition & Archive subscription specifically grants access to the historical articles and features in our digital archive, plus you get this week’s digital edition made available every Wednesday so you can read on any device through an app which makes mobile reading easy. If you wish to access the latest content and stay up-to-date with current automotive news, a regular Autocar magazine subscription is recommended. Better still our bundle offer includes everything - the magazine, digital edition, plus the archive.

Can I download articles from the archive for offline access?

Yes, as a subscriber to the Autocar archive, you have the option to download articles for offline access. This feature allows you to enjoy our content even without an internet connection.

How can I search for specific content in the Autocar archive?

We've made it easy for you to find what you're looking for. The archive includes a powerful search function that allows you to search by keywords, car models, dates, and other relevant criteria.

Is there a free trial available for the Autocar archive subscription?

We occasionally offer free trial periods for new subscribers. Please check our website or email us at for any ongoing trials.

Can I upgrade my subscription to include the archive?

To upgrade your subscription then this can be done by logging into your account on our website and navigating to the "Subscription" section. There, you'll find the option to renew your subscription as a Print, Digital & Archive subscription.

Can I buy a subscription if I’m outside of the UK?

Subscriptions are available to both individuals and libraries around the world.

What payment methods are accepted for the Autocar archive subscription?

We accept major credit cards and select online payment methods. For more details, please visit our subscription page.

How do I cancel my Autocar archive subscription?

If you wish to cancel your subscription, you can do so by logging into your account on our website and navigating to the "Subscription" section. There, you'll find the option to cancel your subscription.

Where can I get help?

If you need help with any aspect of the archive please email us at