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You may have noticed that vehicles on the UK’s roads can have a variety of different formats of registration numbers. Please read on for a brief look at the fascinating history of UK personalised number plates and how it all started. Personalised registrations and plates are the same, just labelled differently depending on who you talk to.
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Interesting facts about personalised number plates and registrations
- The first vehicle number ever issued was the legendary A 1 back in 1903, the matching mirror image 1 A was not issued until much later on in the late 1980s.
- J4 MES sold at a DVLA personalised registration auction for £22,500 back in 1998, J42 MES sold for £80,020 during 2020!
- Over the last 20 years, the biggest gains made are from single letters/numbers. Many one letter with number 1 are now known to have made over £1m!
We generally say that a “Personalised Number Plate” is one that is “personal” to the owner or driver of the vehicle, a number plate that contains the users name or initials for example.
The different plate formats
Different formats below, tying them to the periods which they were issued. Just click these links to find out more; Dateless Plates: 1903 to 1963 (Registrations without year identifiers, Eg ABC 123). Suffix Plates: 1960s to 1983 (Registrations with a year identifier at the end, Eg ABC 123D). Prefix Plates: 1983 to 2001 (Registrations starting with a year identifier, Eg A123 BCD). Current Plates: 2001 to Present (Registrations used in the UK’s current system, Eg AB12 BCD).Each format above relates to a style issued in the UK during a particular time period, they are in chronological order. Changes to formats were made for different reasons; the most common being simply that all possible sequences in a particular style had been used up requiring a new format – much like the seemingly frequent changes to UK telephone numbers! All registrations in the above formats can be used or called “personalised number plates”.
More Interesting Facts:
- 51 NGH Sold for £201,000 (2006) and S1 NGH Sold for £86,000 (1998) - 151 NGH Sold for £60,000 (2006). KR15 HNA Sold for £180,000 (2015). (All prices were plus auctioneers fee and VAT).
- Personal plates have always been popular with celebrities however, royals are no longer permitted to use them due to security reasons. A7 was used by HRH Queen Elizabeth, 1 ANN used by Princess Anne.
- Maybe the most common celeb plate would be MAG 1C (once owned by magician, the late Paul Daniels), COM 1C (Jimmy Tarbuck) others include AS 2000 (Alan Shearer), 76 CH (Sir Chris Hoy), SM 7 (the late Stirling Moss), AMS 1 (Lord Alan Sugar)
Why did we start using registration numbers for UK vehicles?
The British government decided over one hundred years ago that the fledgling motorised car industry would need to be regulated.
The “Motor Car Act 1903″ introduced number plates, and raised the UK’s speed limit to a scary 20mph!
As part of this new legislation it was decreed that each motor vehicle would need its own identity. Consequently, all vehicles registered in the UK must have unique registration numbers and so the personalisation of number plates were born starting with A1.
Many personalised items make great gifts
Over the years we have found that more and more personalised plates have been purchased for gifts. Notable birthdays such as a 21st then also 40,50,60,70th birthdays are always popular for families to join together and buy a personalised gift. It is now so much easier to gift a number plate, when supplied on a certificate it is perfect to insert inside a card and also wrap the actual perspex number plates.
CarReg have over 50 million to choose from. Prices starting from only £65 - We also have many held in stock and held on DVLA certificate, ready to transfer quickly.
How to buy personalised number plates:
- We would first recommend that you decide on a budget.
- Once you have set an approximate budget, choose your name, initials, sport, hobbies or interests. You could even for for an incognito number plate. (CarReg have allocated pages for ideas).
- Once you have decided a budget and preference, the ideal place to find your number plate would be via a reputable dealer. You may notice that some dealer are members of trade organisations.
- Once you have found your ideal number, you can normally allocate it to your vehicle within a few days. If you do not have a vehicle then you may store your new number on a retention until you are ready to use it.