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#1
Hi all,

I see references to a 55plate or a B9 etc. What is a "plate" and where do these model numbers come from like B9 for instance. Thanks in advance.

Tom
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#2
Im going to quote the ever helpful user pk747 on this, check out this thread, it should helpfully answer your question.

http://www.berlingoforum.co.uk/showthread.php?tid=77
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#3
It did indeed. Thank you.
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#4
The term "Plate" usually refers to the registration index (or "registration plate") and is normally the easiest way to identify the first registration date, and therefore the age, of a UK registered car (does not apply to N. Ireland though).

A full list of is here

The first two letters of the current system, refers to the location which is also detailed on the Wiki page. The last three characters are random.

[Image: 551px-British_car_registration_plate_labelssvg.png]

Hope this helps

P.S. It is possible to buy or change number plates so the potential for confusion is enormous!


You also then have the model identifiers such as pk747 explained



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#5
Ive always been curious of the area code. Is it the area code of there the car is first registered? (i.e the location of the first dealer to own it?) And also what are the codes, like i see a lot of Audis starting with OY...
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#6
They are called "Memory Tags". OY is from Oxford with "O" for Oxford and "Y" the local DVLA office there. You will also see lots of BMW's and Porsches with "R" at the beginning which is for Reading where their head-offices are located. The Wiki link gives a breakdown but there are some strange ones. For example, instead of "K" for Kent we have "G" for Garden of England. Much more poetic but not exactly logical!
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#7
Haha, cheers for that. Don't think Kent has lived upto that status since 1645!
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#8
Oi! Some parts of Kent are amongst the most beautiful in England! There are some absolute s*** hole bits to be fair as well.




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#9
Many thanks Chris for the plate explanation. We're not nearly so detailed here in Switzerland. We have two letters in the beginning to identify the Kanton the motor resides in followed by 1 to 6 digit number such as AG 123456.
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#10
The number plate system here has historically been based upon the age of the car, which was represented by a letter. This led to huge spikes in car sales when the next annual age letter came around (which was always on August 1st) so to try to smooth out car sales, a second date was introduced along with the current system. So now we have 1st of September and 1st of March which still leads to peaks in sales as people still want to be seen to have the latest and newest car. The system is then compounded by the government who sell "dateless" plates to subsequently allow owners to hide the age of their car with a new number plate once it appears to be no longer brand new (or make up amusing or personal words). It generates millions for the government.

Number plates issued before the first age system (before 1962 I think) are highly sought after if they can be transferred. The earliest and shortest plates such as "F1", can be worth many hundreds of thousands of pounds


*edited my signature to make things less confusing
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