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mcsporran
Coventry & Cebu
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16 of 26  Sun 10th Nov 2013 12:01pm  
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How were the letters DU chosen? Good question! All the English & Welsh councils were arranged in order of population and letters were assigned in that order; thus A was for London down to FP for Rutland. Coventry came just behind Devonport with DR and ahead of Newport, Monmouth with DW. The letters DT and DV were missed out until much later for some reason, and DS went to Peebles (all series containing the letter S were initially reserved for Scotland). I believe this is a picture of the current DU 1 on ebay Edited by member, 10th Nov 2013 12:16 pm
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Foxcote
Warwick
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17 of 26  Sat 16th Nov 2013 6:37pm  
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Chief Constable Charsley appears to have been the man that issued the first Coventry registration numbers and an interesting person himself. (Newspaper archive confirms his role concerning the new identification motor plates from the onset in 1903). It may give another lead to the first registered DU 1
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haroldp4
Aylesbury
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18 of 26  Wed 11th Dec 2013 2:41pm  
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Hi guys, I hope you don't mind me jumping in here, I am tracing the history of my Rover P4. I got some details through from DVLA and my cars original registration appears to be AHP2. It was registered on the 20.01.1961 - is there anyway to confirm this using a list similar to the one used for the DU registrations. Using the oldclassiccar link I found out AHP2 was first used in October 1934 and then in 1960, which may tie in as it was the beginning of '61 when the Rover was registered. Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated. Kind regards Marc Harvey
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mcsporran
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19 of 26  Wed 11th Dec 2013 4:31pm  
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To trace a vehicle history, in general first refer to this page, produced by the Kithead Trust in Droitwich who hold some of the records themselves. You will see that in the case of Coventry registration marks, surviving records are located either at the Transport Museum, who have allocation books from 1949-75 (JRW 1 up to SRW 172N), or at the History Centre who have a card index of cancelled marks from 1903-63 (DU 2 to YKV 999 and 1 DU to about 999 CRW). You could try to ring the History Centre if they are willing to look up a number for you, but as the number was possibly not cancelled before 1963, they may have no record. The earliest cards show the name and address of the first owner and the last, not those in between, but I'm not familiar with the cards as late as 1934 which may well differ. Also if the mark was transferred to another vehicle, I think records of the original vehicle were then lost.
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haroldp4
Aylesbury
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20 of 26  Wed 11th Dec 2013 4:44pm  
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Many thanks mcsporran, will try calling the History centre.
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Prof
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21 of 26  Sun 7th Sep 2014 8:39pm  
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In my early twenties, when in college in Bristol, I owned a Lambretta scooter to get me there and back. The registration was SRW.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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22 of 26  Tue 22nd Sep 2015 3:10pm  
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Here is a photo of WK1203 on a 1927 Alvis 12/50 Sports Tourer Thumbs up
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wingy
warwick
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23 of 26  Mon 28th Sep 2015 9:36pm  
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I have the registration mark 9830 RW, acquired originally on an old Morris Minor, it has graced many of my cars over the years, presently adorning my Lexus LS400. What does anyone think the registration may be worth these days?
roger wing

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mickw
nuneaton
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24 of 26  Tue 29th Sep 2015 4:44am  
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Hi Roger 9399 RW is currently on the market for £3,545. Cheers Thumbs up
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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25 of 26  Tue 29th Sep 2015 7:29am  
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If you're taking that value from Googling the registration, mickw, you'll get a similar price for wingy's registration! Don't take them as gospel! Oh my
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Potters Green Lad
Long Lawford Rugby
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26 of 26  Tue 29th Sep 2015 4:24pm  
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Sold my Series 2 Land Rover, fairly rare as they were only built between 1958-1961, at Christmas after owning it for twenty years, the registration plate was 1005 NX. The NX was the old reg for Warwickshire and as it was made in Lode Lane Solihull when Solihull was in Warwickshire it had never left the county it was built in, but now it lives with a yuppie in Royal Berkshire who probably uses it to take the kids to the organic yogurt emporium in Windsor every Saturday, he certainly gave me that impression when he came to buy it!

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