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Re: Caught on Camera.

Postby DrJeep » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:33 pm

YYS4BOB wrote:Alpha suffix plates were introduced in 1963, so would have expected the Daimler plate to end in an "A", also would be letter letter letter number (up to 3 off) letter format i.e. AAA 123A. A transferred plate from an older vehicle is my assumption.

Could be a transfer, but year letters weren’t obligatory until C in 1965. I don’t think many places had run out of numbers, so there were never many A registration cars around. I think many A registrations are on older cars from which the original number was sold, once this became easy - they were given an A to stop the owner selling the new number.
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Re: Caught on Camera.

Postby Viewfield » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:50 pm

YYS4BOB wrote:Alpha suffix plates were introduced in 1963, so would have expected the Daimler plate to end in an "A", also would be letter letter letter number (up to 3 off) letter format i.e. AAA 123A. A transferred plate from an older vehicle is my assumption.


While this is true, I believe the “A” Plate came quite late in 1963. Registration numbers without year letter did not become compulsory until 1964 meaning some areas still issued plates without the year letter throughout 1963.

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Re: Caught on Camera.

Postby zBret » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:26 am

From Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_registration_plates_of_the_United_Kingdom
1963 to 1982
In August 1962, an attempt was made to create a national scheme to alleviate the problem of registrations running out. This used the scheme introduced in 1932, of a three-letter combination followed by a sequence number from 1 to 999, but also added a letter suffix, which initially changed on 1 January each year. An "A" suffix was thus used for 1963, "B" for 1964, etc. Middlesex was the first authority to adopt this scheme when it issued AHX 1A in February 1963.[34] Most other areas followed suit during 1964, but some chose to stick to their own schemes up until 1 January 1965, when the letter suffix was made compulsory.


Keep that camera going Gary :) It's great to see these historic vehicles and to find out a bit about their history.

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Re: Caught on Camera.

Postby YYS4BOB » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:09 pm

I only checked DVLA, not Wiki. Thanks for taking the time to present the extra info.
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Re: Caught on Camera.

Postby zBret » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:14 pm

Well thank you for mentioning about the registration plates Bob. It's all quite interesting and I enjoyed learning about it and finding the info.

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