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I believe the old red book driving licence, pre DVLA, had a life of three years.
I did a search and found this
"By way of background, DVLA began issuing driving licences in 1973.
Previously, red book style driving licences were issued by Local
taxation Offices and were valid for a maximum period of 3 years. As
drivers renewed their red book licences between 1973 and 1975 the
details were converted to a computerised record. The majority of missing
entitlement claims are those where the driver claims to have passed a
test prior to the driver record being converted from local authority
records to the DVLA database. Experience has shown that some individuals
held separate red book licences for car and motorcycle entitlements
while others held a licence containing both. This appears to have caused
some difficulty when records were transferred in the 1970’s."
This purports to be from the DVLA but is dated some 8 years ago.