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Wink Got an HH Plate Limey* AMG...

Will some U.K. member publish a stickey with these plate references and the time frame of which they mean? I keep seeing refernces to plates, and I remember it has to do with time frame.

*Sorry, I watched Lisa Lampanelli: The Queen of Mean last night. After one of her shows, one becomes desensatized to various ethic references. Personally, I thought "Hemroid Hitman" was hilarous, and intend to use it in self-reference. http://www.insultcomic.com/

Speaking of which, what other terms do citizens of the UK use to refer to American's besides Fatties and Colonials?

I am an unfortunate amalgamation of British Habits with American Upbringing: Love Earl Grey Tea (Yes, I spell Grey properly), Dry, British Sense of Humor, Love Dr. Who, Robot Wars, Thornton's Rums, Roadsters, etc. All wrapped up in a crass shell...
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More than you ever wanted to know!

I've been over here for a few years, and other than the fact that I still wear Levis and cowboy boots at the wrong times, and use my fork in the wrong hand, I've never been refered to as either a fatty or a colonial. :P



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More than you ever wanted to know!

I've been over here for a few years, and other than the fact that I still wear Levis and cowboy boots at the wrong times, and use my fork in the wrong hand, I've never been refered to as either a fatty or a colonial. :P
Okay, well then why don't instead of saying a 56 plate, they say Sept 06 or 09/06? Or just refer to the car's year?
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Okay, well then why don't instead of saying a 56 plate, they say Sept 06 or 09/06? Or just refer to the car's year?
Tradition? It's gotten a *lot* easier now that the car reg's at least relate to the years, but you still hear "I have a V-Reg whatever for sale".

I also suspect that a lot of it has to do with road tax, etc, all of which is tied to the registration rather than the manufacture date of the cars.



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Really? So plate follows the car not the person?

That would be awful here! The guy that bought my '88 Fiero GT would not like being stuck with RADR LOV. My reference to a song turned out to be a middle finger to every cop with an attitude problem.
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Well, in my case, I was happy to have the original plates back on my '55 rather than the previous owners "P0RN 5TAR" plates!

So yeah, plates follow cars, even though you can buy a "new" registration plate. In my case the guy only wanted 5k gbp for the plates.. :P



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You can buy a number plate that can be transferred from car to car. The plate we have on our SLK was one I bought the missus for her A-Class. The only restrictions are that the numbers and letters must conform to one of the standard formats and must not make the car appear to be younger than it really is.

Current format is AB12 CDE and was introduced in Sep 2001.
The first two letters indicate where the car was first registered
The numbers indicate the year of first registration
The last three letters are random
The numbers change in March and September so this year was 09 from 1st March to 31st August and 59 until Feb 28th next year.

One that I would have liked was DE51 GNS which I saw on a basic rep-mobile in 2001.

Previous format was A 123 ABC and was introduced in 1983 (IIRC)...
The first letter indicates the year and runs from 1st Aug to 31st July
The numbers are random
The last three letters indicate where the car was first registered

Before that the format was ABC 123 D and was introduced in 1963.
Basically the smae as the format above but with the year letter on the end instead of the beginning.

Prior to that is was nominally 123 ABC with no indication of year first registered.

As John says, some plates are very expensive, RR 1 used to be the record holder and Aston Martin have AML 1 that turns up from time to time on publicity shots (Aston Martin Lagonda 1)...
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LOL! Was it a guy or a girl? I can't imagine a girl choosing those plates!

I would just say "Well, I have the equipment, but I'm too expensive." ;-)
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Wow, you have to be a major gearhead to look at a plate and know what's going on then.

It's much more simple here. They give random plates in order and then you can apply for a personalized plate. In Illinois, a personalized plate ending in a number was only like $15, but a full vanity without numbers was $75. You can transfer a plate car to car or get a new plate when you get a car.

They used to have the plates be certain colors for certain states, much like the old Formula One color for originating country (British Green, Italian Red, French Blue, etc.) but now every state has plates to choose with different designs. There were 14 different free designs for Florida. I got the "Conserve Wildlife" one because it has a big bear on it, as a subtle reference the gay bear community I belong to.

The bear plates only allow 5 characters, but I stuck with the random stuff.

I hate all the different plates now, because when people have those stupid big advertisement frames that are faded, you cannot tell which state they are from when you see them do a hit and run.
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I've got 2 personalised plates on my SLK and my Landy



I don't have a 'middle name', so my plates are actually illegal, because of the spacing. I wanted the 3rd for my BM to make a 'matching set' - L1 OBR, but whilst the 1st 2 plates (L10 OBR and L100 OBR ) only cost 250 quid each, L1 OBR would have cost a few thou (makes more sense to Brits!!).






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Yeah, I wanted SLK 350 but that cost thousands.

So I settled for OO09 SLK.
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Yeah, I wanted SLK 350 but that cost thousands.

So I settled for OO09 SLK.
. . . . . What??






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I've always felt that a "custom" registration number is more appropriate if it matches the car, rather than the owner's name.

People who know me already know who I am and what car I have. People who don't know me won't be interested anyway.

The best registration I saw (many years ago when I was an apprentice) was DB 4 on a brand-new Aston Martin DB4. It looked so natural that the first time I saw it, I didn't even realise that it was the registration - I just thought "Oh ... a DB4!" Now that is cool.

As I happens, I own registrations MX05 AAA, OO09 BOX, OO09 SLK and XK08JAG. Guess what cars they are for?
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Duh - sorry - I see what you mean now!!






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I've always felt that a "custom" registration number is more appropriate if it matches the car, rather than the owner's name.

People who know me already know who I am and what car I have. People who don't know me won't be interested anyway.

The best registration I saw (many years ago when I was an apprentice) was DB 4 on a brand-new Aston Martin DB4. It looked so natural that the first time I saw it, I didn't even realise that it was the registration - I just thought "Oh ... a DB4!" Now that is cool.

As I happens, I own registrations MX05 AAA, OO09 BOX, OO09 SLK and XK08JAG. Guess what cars they are for?
Now I know for sure that it is you!!!

you never replied to my message asking if it is the same Titus we knew and loved from mx-5.com.

Now there is no doubt.

Good to "see" a recognisable face here, although I've been here a little while now and feel quite at home. Probably the friendliest bunch on a car forum I have seen to date.

I knew I'd end up here. I mentioned it on the mx5 forum at the time having driven my sister's car. From that point on I was never going to be able to stay away. Did you sell the 5?
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the older style regs got really confusing around S!

they used to be sequential every year on august the 1st with A being 1983. then at S reg they changed to twice a year to try to even the distribution of new car sales across the year to make things easier and to reduce the price differential between a 1 month pre and post reg change car.

So all of a sudden they started appearing 1st of march and first of september and this remains today.

now we have 01 and 51 which means march and september 01 up to 09 and 59 which just came out last week.

This current format will be around for another 40 years.

next year 10 and and 60 will mean march and septmber 2010.

then
11 and 61.......2011
12 and 62.......2012
13 and 63.......2013

21 and 71......... march and september 2021
31 and 81......... march and september 2031
41 and 91......... march and september 2041
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Now I know for sure that it is you!!!

you never replied to my message asking if it is the same Titus we knew and loved from mx-5.com ...

... Did you sell the 5?
Nah, it's not me. Titus was a miserable old tight-fisted git.

And no, I haven't sold the Granny Magnet - I'm still delighted with it. I bought the SLK reg. while I could still buy a "OO0" prefix in anticipation of eventually buying an SLK350 when I eventually want something a little more substantial, relaxed and comfortable than an MX-5 - which is why I'm here, doing some research.

At present, much as I love the look and image of the SLK and love the idea of owning a new Mercedes Benz, I'm surprised how comfortable and relaxed the Mk3 MX-5 is, especially once it is "sorted" properly. I'm also surprised what an "up-market" image the Mk3 has among the public - they always assume it is a far more expensive car than it is, and (wrongly) don't regard it as a nimble little lightweight, low-cost fun car which was the image the Mk1 and Mk2 had.

(Sorry, SLK folks, for the digression onto a discussion of Mazda MX-5s!)
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I've always felt that a "custom" registration number is more appropriate if it matches the car, rather than the owner's name.

People who know me already know who I am and what car I have. People who don't know me won't be interested anyway.

The best registration I saw (many years ago when I was an apprentice) was DB 4 on a brand-new Aston Martin DB4. It looked so natural that the first time I saw it, I didn't even realise that it was the registration - I just thought "Oh ... a DB4!" Now that is cool.

As I happens, I own registrations MX05 AAA, OO09 BOX, OO09 SLK and XK08JAG. Guess what cars they are for?
Any chance of a clue they're not obvious enough!
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I've got 2 personalised plates on my SLK and my Landy



I don't have a 'middle name', so my plates are actually illegal, because of the spacing. I wanted the 3rd for my BM to make a 'matching set' - L1 OBR, but whilst the 1st 2 plates (L10 OBR and L100 OBR ) only cost 250 quid each, L1 OBR would have cost a few thou (makes more sense to Brits!!).
I too went for the serial look, still keepng my eye open for FIL 31.


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