Dateless Registrations are those that carry no year identifying numbers or letters. Prior to the introduction of the suffix format of registrations in 1963 (those with a suffix letter that indicated the age of the vehicle), registrations did not identify the age of the vehicle they were assigned to.
These dateless registrations comprise 1, 2 or 3 letters followed by 1, 2, 3 or 4 numbers – or vice versa. Because they date back to sometime between 1903 and 1963, they’re often hard to come by as most vehicles from this time will have long since been scrapped and the numbers taken with them. Fortunately some still survive as they’ve been transferred from vehicle to vehicle as time has passed, or can be sourced from true classic cars that have been restored to working order.
Because of their rarity and the fact that they’re very distinctive on vehicles – especially now registrations are all of a fixed 7 character length and these can be as short as just 2, they’re considered the cream of the personalised plate world, and can often command very high prices.
There’s really no risk involved in purchasing one, however, as the value of registrations such as these is always on the rise. It’s not a common occurrence for “new” dateless plates to be issued, and when they are they surface at auction on a very limited basis, so the pool of dateless reg never expands, it only gets smaller as the reg become more and more sought after and people are unwilling to part with them. As you’re looking at items that can be as much as over 100 years old, they’re effectively antiques and can prove a very sound investment.
Our speed demons section on number plates search is powerful. It shows you all the registrations that would fit onto a nice fast car such as a BMW, Ferrari, and Porsche. The jobs and hobbies section can also be seen at number plates search where you can find particular types of jobs such as Barrister, pilot, police, doctor, lawyer etc. However, use the section to design your own number plates. You may be looking for your name, a birthday, your initials or something funny. Anything.
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