[Healeys] British registration number plate

Peter Dzwig pdzwig at summaventures.com
Fri Jun 24 08:30:25 MDT 2016


I don't really understand the question. Are you looking to identify the car? or
the owner? or what? or perhaps, as Sarah has implied, the general area of issue.

FWIW in the UK the licence plate in effect uniquely identifies the vehicle in
the records of the vehicle licencing authority at the time (presently DVLA). It
does not carry ownership information which is kept private within DVLA records.
Of course we know the identity of some owners of special cars (eg DD300) but
that isn't unambiguous - see discussions on these pages over many years.

Therefore there is only a slim chance that your plate's owner(s) can be identified.

The London County Council was the umbrella council for the whole of the London
metropolitan area up to the mid '60s when it was replaced by the Grater London
Council. According to


GT corresponds to a South West London issue (not necessarily where the owner lived).

My guess is that the letters were issued as and when they were needed, not on
any particular timescale, as they were from '63 on when the coding system
changed. It is quite possible that they were issued either randomly or, more
probably, on a first-come first-served basis.

Strictly all that can be said is that the registration was issued between about
1953 and later '62. Since the Mk1 was produced between 1952 and 1959 we can
narrow this down a bit, to 1953 - 1959, probably later in the run. Bear in mind
too that cars weren't always registered as soon as they were built.

Hope that this helps,

Peter Dzwig

On 23/06/2016 19:43, S. Carr wrote:
> According to the list in my 1952 ed. of the _RAC Guide & Handbook_, marks ending
> in “GT” were issued by the London County Council – but that’s all I can tell
> you.  (Apparently, when they ran out of numbers to use with the 2-letter prefix,
> an initial letter was added; anybody know when they got to letter “D”?)
> Sarah  Carr
> BN1 in PA (USA)
> *From:* Mark Donaldson <mailto:ardmorebusiness at xtra.co.nz>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, June 22, 2016 6:59 AM
> *To:* 'AH Mail List' <mailto:healeys at autox.team.net>
> *Subject:* [Healeys] British registration number plate
> I have a set of plates that were on a Mk1 Jaguar imported to New Zealand in the
> sixties.
> The number is 600 DGT
> I believe it may have been issued in the greater London area around 1958.
> Can any of you British listers help me identify it?
> Cheers
> Mark Donaldson
> Ardmore
> NZ
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