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What are cherished number plates?

The term "cherished number plates" is mostly used to describe private plates that are of great age - the number plate equivalent of antiques - or plates that do not display a year code and which are, therefore, dateless.

It is the preferred term amongst owners of vintage or veteran cars, who want to keep a period-correct number on their older vehicles and, to a lesser extent, owners of particularly rare or exclusive luxury cars. To these owners, the registration number is a vital part of the vehicle's character and identity, and it shares the love and pride that the lucky owner lavishes upon the car. It is literally cherished.

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If you'd like your own exclusive personal plate, maybe for a classic or vintage car, we offer a vast range of older and dateless registrations. Search with the form above or visit our dedicated search page where you'll find tips and options to make your quest easier.

Cherished number plates mean a lot

A cherished number plate may often be special in other ways too. It could be a family heirloom, a memento of a departed loved one, a financial investment, a badge of success earned through hard work, the perfect finishing touch to a beloved classic car.

There are cherished registration spotters, collectors and scholars; there are cherished numbers clubs and societies; there are meet-ups and rallies. There are also newsletters, books and magazines devoted to the subject - many of them published by Regtransfers, but just as many produced by amateur enthusiasts.

Although the term cherished number plates is less commonly used than it was 20 or 30 years ago (except amongst vintage and veteran car owners) it is immortalised in the name of the trade organisation that oversees the personal registrations industry - The Cherished Number Dealers Association. Read more about the CNDA.

John Collins

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It is the ultimate plate for the ultimate car. I could have bought a really good Ferrari for the money but I decided I really wanted the plate and I wasn't going to stop bidding on it.

John Collins is the owner of Talacrest, the UK's most successful independent classic Ferrari dealer.

James Caan

28 JC

If you look back over the last ten years, the value of number plates has gone up quite a lot. You know, there’s only one of each plate, and I also think that’s the fun thing about it.

James Caan is a highly successful entrepreneur, as seen on Dragons Den.

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