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#101 Paul Butler

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 16:02

Originally posted by Alan Lewis
When I was a student at Leicester Polytechnic in the mid-eighties, the Mayor of Leicester used to drive round in a limo marked "ABC 123" ("BC" being the regional code for Leicester).

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Just browsing through these posts and saw this one. I remember seeing ABC 123 on a Ford Popular FOR SALE in Yardley , Birmingham. This must have been around 1971 - 72. I loved the plate then but only being a 13 year old milk boy couldn't raise the pennies for it.

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#102 WDH74

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 22:07

I was browsing through Rinsey Mills' book about the Cobra, and noticed that the Daytona coupes all had California "MFR" plates on them, which is the US equivalent of "trade plates" in the UK. Anyway, I noticed that each car's plate had the same number on it.....

I also seem to recall seeing a photo of the Cunningham C2R running US plates at the back, but couldn't make them out. I imagine they'd be Florida tags.

I know a woman who has a vanity plate that reads "CAFN 8". She runs my local Starbucks.

Regarding "reserved" numbers (like the Lord Mayoral ones mentioned earlier), it is apparently a big thing in Illinois-and maybe other states, I don't know-to have a single digit registration number, or a single letter. In other words, if you have 0-9 or A-Z, people will ask you where you got it. Apparently they're given out to "favored" residents, but you occasionally find someone who has one because it was handed down with a car from their parents or something.

And, on a racier note, I have a friend who has tried repeatedly to get "NE 1469" through the DMV censors. Claims it's because she's from New England (she's not) and that the number's the capacity in cubic centimeters of the engine of her car (it's not).

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#103 Flaminiasupersport

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 09:02

Mike Hawthorn's Alfa Romeo 8C... VGC 409

#104 Sharman

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 10:47

Originally posted by bill moffat
..and returning to Le Mans various Jaguar D type plates including the OKV s 1,2 and 3 and the later 774/032/210 RW s...although these latter numbers were officially "trade" plates.


Actually David Lomas before he died(so sadly) managed to get 774 RW issued as a "Road" plate for the (part) Hawthorn?Bueb D

#105 Sharman

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 10:56

:lol: One that I had forgotten Jeff Uren's URN 8

#106 Dutchy

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 12:35

Bristol Cars maintained MPH 100 and 100 MPH for their demonstrators.

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#107 Twin Window

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 12:47

Originally posted by RTH

Didn't 4711 used to be a brand of cologne ?

Yep; they had a personal deal with Gijs van Lennep - see below the 'Team 4711' logo on the chinbar of his lid in '73...

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Back on topic... around the time I drove Chris Meek's TVR, his road car was a white 512BB, IIRC, and the reg was something like 185 MPH.

#108 ensign14

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 13:02

I want to get WTM 446 for my road car. Anyone know where to apply? ;)

#109 Sharman

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 15:11

Originally posted by Garagiste


Thought somebody might say that, but I'm post B&W and I don't do Volvos! :)



Having said that neither do I but Barry Wallwork, son of Johnny Wallwork, used to swan around in a white P 1800 registered AP1800. Johnny's Alfa 1900 was registered WVM8, he once stopped me for a chat as my Minor 1000 was registered WVM7, but that's by the by.

#110 Terry Walker

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 15:35

Originally posted by Ian McKean
A year or so ago I saw a Bentley whose registration started "WO.."

Can't remember how it finished, but thought at the time that there's not many people who would understand the signficance!


I think the Bentley Motor Co owns both WO 1 and 1 WO. You occasionally see the plate in official Bentley photos.

#111 Ian McKean

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Posted 02 July 2006 - 20:23

As I was driving down the M40 today I saw a couple of interesting registration numbers. One was on an open Renault Megane cabriolet driven by a young lady. K6 5EXY.

I suppose it's old age but I couldn't help thinking how forward young ladies are these days.

The next was far more interesting. I was pottering along in the slow lane at about 55 mph (don't drive fast these days) fiddling with my new TomTom when I heard a very rorty sound. I looked across to the fast lane and the last car in a queue of traffic travelling rather quickly clearly felt the cars in front of it should not be in the fast lane. It was a Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB in Rob Walker blue with a roundel bearing the the number "7". The registration number was 1 SWB.

It looked a bit too low at the back as if it had too much in the boot.

Was this the real McCoy?

If so I hadn't seen this car since the TT at Goodwood in about 1962? when Moss beat Parkes.

#112 Alan Cox

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Posted 02 July 2006 - 21:56

Reference post 97, 250 GTO is the road registration on Nick Mason's 250 GTO, and has been for many years.

Incidentally, the 4711 cologne company used to be owned by Dieter Streve-Muhlens, the historic racer who has raced 250F Maserati, Ferrari 750 Monza, 250LM and currently races a Lotus 24.

#113 Twin Window

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Posted 02 July 2006 - 22:21

One of my brother's earlier Isisisisisisisis bore the registration 2 AJO, which was one of a batch (comprising 1 to 6 AJO) that originally belonged to Morris Motors and were used on the directors' cars.

Howard saw 1 AJO many times - it was on a Golf - and, as luck would have it, he parked next to it on a visit to the college our father lectured at. H and the Golf driver ended-up together by their cars, both saying similar things to each other along the lines of "I want that plate, but you're not going to sell it to me are you?"!

Funnily enough this was all talked about earlier today when we took our Isisisisisissis to the Morris Motors Museum where there was a gathering of the 1100 & 1300 club. The Morris museum is next to the Oxford Bus Museum, and one of the restored buses has 83 AJO on it.

#114 WDH74

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 00:26

For years my parents had consecutive registration numbers, simply because when IL stopped issuing plates yearly, everyone had to re-register their cars. Dad did both cars at the same time, and they got consecutive plates. The numbers were then just transferred to their new cars whenever they upgraded (apparently this is easier here than in England or the rest of Europe). Dad finally got his own new car in '95 (he used to get Mum's old cars), and had to register it anew cause his old car was going to my sister. For some reason Sis got rid of the plate when she bought her first new car.

Funny, I was digging something out of the trunk of my car when I found the old plates from my first car, which I bought back in '90 (no idea why they're in there, either). The sticker says it expired in November of 1993.

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#115 Barry Boor

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 13:10

Seen today down by Red Whard Bay on Anglesey.... a dark metaillic green car... er.... Rover, I think :blush: (they all look the same to me!) with the registration plate P 83 BRM.

Surely not a coincidence?

#116 alansart

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 13:49

Back on topic... around the time I drove Chris Meek's TVR, his road car was a white 512BB, IIRC, and the reg was something like 185 MPH.


He used to have 175 MPH on some of his Production Sports Cars.


#117 kayemod

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 13:52

a dark metallic green car... er.... Rover, I think :blush: (they all look the same to me!) with the registration plate P 83 BRM.

Surely not a coincidence?


Are you sure it wasn't dark brown?


#118 Giraffe

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 13:52

One that brings tears to my eyes is a friend of mine from Batley, West Yorkshire who ran a Vespa motorscooter in the days before private plates were considered as having any significant value. He sold the Vespa at the market value of the machine at the time; the plate.......... THE 1 ........... :cry:

#119 Phil Rainford

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 14:03

Remember reading about a guy who had two Escort Cosworths from new.

The first had the registration Not 1 while the second had the plate But 2 :)

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#120 alansart

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 14:03

Seen today down by Red Whard Bay on Anglesey.... a dark metaillic green car... er.... Rover, I think :blush: (they all look the same to me!) with the registration plate P 83 BRM.

Surely not a coincidence?


Rover did a BRM version of the 200, Dark Green with the Orange band around the radiator. Still a crappy old Rover though.

Edited by alansart, 04 June 2009 - 14:03.


#121 Giraffe

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 14:29

Rover did a BRM version of the 200, Dark Green with the Orange band around the radiator. Still a crappy old Rover though.


But a truly remarkable number of the BRM version still knocking about!


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Posted 04 June 2009 - 14:48

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By giraffe138 at 2009-05-14

Here's a good one; Chris Meek's in 1977. It subsequently found it's way onto Edwina Overend's Fiat X 1-9............... :lol:

Edited by Giraffe, 04 June 2009 - 14:52.


#123 alansart

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 14:53

He used to have 175 MPH on some of his Production Sports Cars.


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#124 Kingsleyrob

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 15:13

Are you sure it wasn't dark brown?

:rotfl: :rotfl:

How about SRX 210? It belongs to the 1960 Le Mans class winning MGA Twin Cam, seen here at Oulton Park on May 9th, celebrating 50 years since its initial Le Mans race, and the launch of a book/DVD documenting the three years it took part...

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#125 fbarrett

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 16:35

Friends:

Looking at the high prices that unique British registrations bring, I wonder why the British government doesn't emulate the American system, whereby car owners can buy a vanity plate from them, rather than on the open market. Think of the revenue they could generate!

When Colorado began issuing vanity plates, a local Mercedes-Benz 6.3 owner got "MERDE" before anyone caught on. They soon took it from him, though!

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#126 Giraffe

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 16:36

Friends:

Looking at the high prices that unique British registrations bring, I wonder why the British government doesn't emulate the American system, whereby car owners can buy a vanity plate from them, rather than on the open market. Think of the revenue they could generate!

When Colorado began issuing vanity plates, a local Mercedes-Benz 6.3 owner got "MERDE" before anyone caught on. They soon took it from him, though!

Frank
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They do now, Frank. :wave:

#127 elansprint72

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 17:57

I sometimes see an AUDI with the reg AUD1, and an ASTON with the reg A5TON and some while back a LAMBO with the reg BFA5T :)

EDIT: forgot the local optician who had a 911 registered EYE2C.

Edited by elansprint72, 04 June 2009 - 17:59.


#128 Paul Parker

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 21:30

During the early 1970s I saw a Morris Minor vintage circa 1960 with the registration number JCB 250 in Loughton, Essex.

#129 Barry Boor

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 22:00

I should add that there was no orange on the car I saw today.

#130 Gregor Marshall

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 22:46

About the license number "250 GTO"

I swear I saw an sales ad in an old car mag. It was about a Lancia Aurelia B20 with reg. n° "250 GTO"...


250GTO has been on a 250 GTO since the early '80s - not sure when Mr Mason bought it but I have some great pics of my late Dad driving it aroung Goodwood when it was still a kind of dis-used track!!

#131 Gregor Marshall

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 22:47

I want to get WTM 446 for my road car. Anyone know where to apply?;)


c/o Lloyds the Chemists.....

#132 garyfrogeye

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 07:52

PMO 200 on a few A-H Sebring Sprites...

Ron Scoma


It was used by John Sprinzel on the Monte Carlo Sprites and also on his MG Midget.
It has been reunited with the Sebring Sprite (after being kept safe on the current owner's wife's Astra)
John's Mk1 Sprite in Hawai (his only car) also carries the number PMO200

#133 Sharman

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 08:23

The Jacobs Twin Cams 1&2 MTW.
With regard to "Vanity plates" I saw a bit on Tv programme about No Plate Auctions by HMG and I understand that since these were introduced £1000.000.000 has been raised. Probably all pissed away in MP's expenses.

#134 David Beard

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 21:45

Rover did a BRM version of the 200, Dark Green with the Orange band around the radiator. Still a crappy old Rover though.


The miserable bloke in accounts at work had one of those. He had no idea why it was painted that way. :|

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 22:16

The miserable bloke in accounts at work had one of those. He had no idea why it was painted that way. :|


You only had one miserable bloke in that department? Luxury!

#136 Barry Boor

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 22:29

Oh the joys of being self-employed!

I may have mentioned this before but there is a bog standard saloon car knocking about these parts with the plate 7 GTO.

I have often wondered if the owner has any idea what that is probably worth. More than the car it's on, I'll be bound.

#137 kayemod

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 22:30

The miserable bloke in accounts at work had one of those. He had no idea why it was painted that way. :|


I've known quite a few miserable Rover owners over the years, not all of them accountants, but only one or two had orange noses.


#138 Mark A

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 19:48

Rover did a BRM version of the 200, Dark Green with the Orange band around the radiator. Still a crappy old Rover though.


Tweeked by Prodrive,;)

On the subject of Number plates, saw a good one on a Honda Civic the other day 3A. Also remeber as a kid seeing V8 on a ropey old Ford Orion. (now I say V8 but it could as easily have been V6, V10 or V12, it was definately an engine relative one). V was a local reg in the area I grew up in (Lanarkshire). (Just done a search and the only ones that actually still exist are V8 & V12 on an Aston and Bentley respectively)

Edited by Mark A, 06 June 2009 - 20:00.


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Posted 06 June 2009 - 21:08

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WOG1 on Nigel Webb's XK150S. He once took this to Brixton :rolleyes: and the locals thought it was a great joke!

Also had a knock on his door one day and found two DVLA officials there. They asked him if he would voluntarily
surrender the plate due to its controversial nature. After showing them the licence doc they had issued, they were
sent away and he has the plate to this day. Wonder which is worth more, the plate or the car?


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#140 Barry Boor

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 22:06

Seen this very morning at the Co-op in Menai Bridge J 1KEA.

#141 Sharman

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 07:49

Seeing WOG 1 on he Morgan reminds me that a black proprty developer in the Macclesfield area had a BMW 5 series with a NIG 1 plate

Edited by Sharman, 07 June 2009 - 07:49.


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Posted 07 June 2009 - 07:52

Seeing WOG 1 on he Morgan reminds me that a black proprty developer in the Macclesfield area had a BMW 5 series with a NIG 1 plate

Morgan :confused: :well:

Edited by tonyb, 07 June 2009 - 07:52.


#143 ensign14

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 08:16

The chairman of the National Insurance & Guarantee insurance company had N1 GOK.

#144 Slurp1955

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 09:55

On business in Bristol a few years back, I met a wine dealer who had R1 OJA on (I think) a Peugot 405 :cool:

Edited by Slurp1955, 08 June 2009 - 02:11.


#145 Martin Roessler

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 14:37

<------ FEL IC
love that one...

#146 Sharman

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 16:18

Morgan :confused: :well:

I should have edited my post too. Why did I say Morgan? Brain Fade!!

#147 f1steveuk

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 17:12

Donald Campbell had DMC 7 on an Aston and a XK150.

I used to live in Eastbourne and often saw GO 2, which I would have given my right gonad for..............

I used to look after two Porsche cars, one was BYE 1\10W (the bolt between the two Ones was shaped like that), as it overtook you would read "bye now", the owner also had BAD 1 (and a prize for anyone who knows what other reg he had!!)

#148 ensign14

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 17:20

Saw this on the way to Goodwood, 2003...

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#149 Peter Leversedge

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 05:00

Jack Kindoll long time CRA sprint car owner [ 5 time CRA owner champion ] and owner off the "JFK Co" race car shop had the plate "JFK CO" on his pick up truck, "JFK" on his car and his wife Wilda had "MRSJFK" on her car

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 09:50

Many years ago - I think early 1986 - I was at the Securicor Sierra Rally Challenge press launch, which was attended by the great Barry Sheene (he was sponsored by Securicor in the BTCC with his Toyota I think?). His road car that day was a Toyota Celica Supra, reg nr BS7...

Saw an ancient Volvo with SPL1F recently, and also a Renault Clio with 1CE T - bad-a$$!