Can someone explain to me British "year plates"? Can you tell the year of a car by the license plate, or the year of first sale, something like that?
Generally speaking (since 2001) the're numbered for the year, 01,02,03 etc, for the first half of the year, for the second half of the year a 5 is added to the first number, 51,52,53 etc
From 2010 the're numbered the same, 11,12,13 etc and for the second half of the year 61,62,63, and so on
Therefore my SLK, first registered in april 2013 is XX13XXX - simple
Where the problem comes is with personalised plates (as already stated) you cannot make the vehicle appear YOUNGER than it actually is, you can make it appear OLDER
Pre 2001 number plates gave the age of the vehicle using the prefix, ie A123XXX, etc, there aren't many of the vehicles aged on their suffix letters (XXX123A,etc) about any more
Just read your post - the date given by the plate is that of 'First registration'
Further research - prefix letters (A123XXX etc) ran from 1983 to 2001
suffix letters (XXX123A etc) ran from 1963 to 1983
Both series ommitted certain letters, I & O etc, also Q, to prevent confusion