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MB1 sold by Max Bygraves

Max Bygraves

MB 1

Max Bygraves, entertainer, sold his beloved MB 1 to Registration Transfers, along with the Rolls Royce it has been on for many years.

Born on 16th October 1922, Bygraves is remembered by many for the famous radio programme Educating Archie and for TV's Singalongamax and Family Fortunes.

He holds the record for artists appearing at the Royal Variety Performance. He reputably refused up to £50,000 from Mercedes Benz for his private number plates.


Private number plates such as the MB 1 registration mentioned above, once owned by Max Bygraves, are amongst the absolute cream of cherished registrations. Initials with a number one are very, very highly prized and can command exceptional prices.

Enthusiasts will know that there are many niches within the private number plates market: from the number ones, which are still considered something of a status symbol, to the novelty plates sported on the cars of young people who like to find the most amusing number plates they can. Words and nicknames are particular favourites amongst that group.

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The role of DVLA

Car registrations and number plates, including personalised number plates, in the UK are the responsibility of the Driver and Vehicle licensing Agency, usually known as the DVLA. It issues new registrations twice a year and also maintains the central database that records details of all vehicles licensed to drive on UK roads, along with their keeper and registration information.

Regtransfers works closely with DVLA to complete registration transfers as quickly and efficiently as possible. Regtransfers is a DVLA registered supplier of personal car registrations and number plates and is listed on the DVLA Registrations website. All number plates supplied by Regtransfers comply with DVLA's prescribed standards and regulations.

DVLA administers all UK registration transfers and issues updated registration documents when the registration number of a car is changed, or when a registration is removed from a vehicle and placed on a retention document in accordance with the DVLA Retention Scheme.

DVLA is a registered trade mark of the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency. Regtransfers is not affiliated to the DVLA or DVLA Personalised Registrations. Regtransfers is a recognised reseller of unissued Government stock.

Number plate regulations

When a car is on the road, it is an offence to display number plates bearing any number other than the vehicle's officially recorded registration number. If you purchase a private registration, you must complete the official transfer process before displaying the new number.

All registration number plates displayed on UK vehicles must comply with the official number plate regulations. DVLA oversees enforcement of number plates display regulations and maintains a register of approved manufacturers and retailers of vehicle number plates.

Regtransfers is not part of, and is not formally affiliated with DVLA.

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