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General => The Star and Garter => Topic started by: 2nda65l on 04 July, 2017, 01:17:22

Title: Correct number plate format
Post by: 2nda65l on 04 July, 2017, 01:17:22
Hello.  I've recently purchased the second BSA Lightning I have ever owned (hence the user name).  It has been several decades since I owned my last one - a '66.  It's a '71 OIF model, very low miles and in very nice condition.  I may take it to some local shows (we have them here in Canada too!) and I'd like to get a period correct "show only" U.K. number plate made.  What I would like to know is what format would be correct for a number plate that would have been issued in the U.K. in 1971 for this bike.  For example, if the bike had been licenced in Essex in July 1971, what would the letters and numbers format be? Much appreciated!
Title: Re: Correct number plate format
Post by: STAR TWIN on 04 July, 2017, 06:46:06
From fading memory BSA 650 J should be about right for Jul 71.
Title: Re: Correct number plate format
Post by: Bess on 04 July, 2017, 09:10:20
Hi.
    These links should help:

https://www.nationalnumbers.co.uk/dvla-guide/year-of-issue-149.htm


http://www.chestnut-registrations.co.uk/vintagebikeplates.aspx

Best wishes.....
Title: Re: Correct number plate format
Post by: JulianS on 04 July, 2017, 09:17:10
http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/registrations/reg-letters.htm


The above website should enable you see what series were issued and help to choose a plate.

Example of Essex plate for 1970 on a Triumph car I owned - FEV708H.

It would be in the form 3 letters followed by 1,2 or 3 numbers then suffix J for August 1970-July 1971 year. Often a buyer would buy a bike in August to get the later suffix - July 1971 would give a J but wait a few days and get the next year K suffix.

In Essex the second and third letter would have been;

EV
HK
NO
PU
TW
VW
VX

Southend,being a County Borough at the time, had its own office and the letters were

HJ and HW.

The first letters could be anything but Z and I.

Happy hunting.
Title: Re: Correct number plate format
Post by: 2nda65l on 04 July, 2017, 16:18:05
Great info all - thank you.
So if I have it right, a correct example for an early 1971 plate issued in Essex, might be "FVX 653J"?
Title: Re: Correct number plate format
Post by: JulianS on 04 July, 2017, 16:46:38
Thats the correct form for the plate, though does not look like FVX was issued with a J.

LVX***J from November 1970 then MVX ***J from March 1971.
Title: Re: Correct number plate format
Post by: STAR TWIN on 04 July, 2017, 18:05:03
Might be worth checking with the DVLA database to be sure you are not cloning an existing vehicle. You might be safer with BSA 650 J as mentioned in my first post. Correct format but also instructive to the casual onlooker.
Title: Re: Correct number plate format
Post by: A10 JWO on 29 August, 2017, 17:43:10
If you want a nice show plate, google Tippers in Devon. Good quality polished aluminium.
Title: Re: Correct number plate format
Post by: Bess on 29 August, 2017, 18:10:13
Hi JWO,
            I got someone bloke offering to fly tip my rubbish.... ;)

Best wishes...