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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkyM View Post
    I have asked police in 3 forces if the plate will be recognosed by ANPR and two (Met and Thames Valley) tested and said it was fine.

    One of them even said "it would take some real jobsworth copper to pull you for something as minor in such a beautiful car"
    Fair enough ... then you obviously are aware
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    I have inherited a pp with the new car - thought about going back to original plate or getting initials but will just stick with some else’s - I have no vanity about the plate.
    It all depends on how discreet you want to be - your initials on a ‘regular’ alphanumeric is cool as only you really notice - a xyz1 plate - too much I think (just my opinion).
    Funny comments on plates are only funny once and a bit naff - there is a 5 series near me with M5 FU OK which makes me roll my eyes every time I walk past...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jodel View Post
    My original reason for getting a private plate was quite the opposite! I wanted my car (also a Merc at the time) to look a bit older than it was. This was a hint from my boss at that time who used to have a completely 'plain' / bland older registration number on his Jaguar. He bought a new car every year, but didn't want to make it obvious.
    Ah yes, corporate machinations... I haven't had a boss since 1990. Mind you there was once PR woman who didn't like my Sovereign 4.0 - the silly moo had no idea that it was actually cheaper than her company Vauxhall!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jag torque View Post
    Funny comments on plates are only funny once and a bit naff - there is a 5 series near me with M5 FU OK which makes me roll my eyes every time I walk past...
    That plate strikes me as illegal is it not?

    Surely 'Alpha Numeric Alpha Alpha Alpha (or even numeric) Alpha' doesn't comply with UK vehicle registration convention ... or am I missing something?
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    It may not be exactly that but the eye rolling still happens....

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    Mine is XK06 DMR. It is a 2006 XK and my initials are DMR, so perfect!

    Bought from the DVLA for a very reasonable price (which I can’t remember but something like £300).
    2006 XK Indigo Blue with Caramel seats and Sable carpets

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    Perhaps, for some people, it depends on whether a 'special' number plate relates to

    - the driver's name: a bit vain and rather pointless in my opinion since it means nothing to anyone unless they know the driver, and if they do, they know his name anyway. (In the late 1940s my late father had a Wolseley Hornet 'AMY 114', known affectionately to all the family of course as 'Amy' but that was purely a pet name of the car and nothing to do with him).

    - a 'funny' word. Usually not all that funny after the first glance and again (in my opinion) a bit naff really. Although I knew the director of of a specialist gear-cutting company who had 'RAT10' on his Porsche 911 which looked OK.

    - the car itself. The two coolest I've seen are 'DB 4' on an Aston Martin DB4 and '38 XKE' on an a 3.8 litre E-type, and I have 'MX05 ***' (which didn't cost much) on my Mazda MX 5. I could have had 'MX05 MAZ' but that was much more expensive and I'm not that much of a poseur.

    I bought 'XK08 JAG' as an investment while I was seeking an XK to buy, and then bought a '56' reg car so I can't use it! However I also bought 'OO09 SLK' and 'OO09 BOX' so if there are any vain Mercedes or Porsche owners out there, make me an offer!
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    The plates over here aren't date related so there isn't really a need to hide a cars age but when I lived in the UK I bought XJI 2448 for my '96 XJ12 and had the plate made up to read XJ12 448. It was spotted by a cop who obviously had nothing better to do with his time as I got a letter through the post telling me that the spacing was illegal and to get the plates replaced.

    You can have any combination of 6 characters in New Zealand and you can use spaces if you have narrow characters e.g. 1 or fewer than 6 characters so when I brought my '98 XJR with me when I emigrated I put XJR 4L on it.

    I did want to put F1N QIK on it but my wife wouldn't let me! It is probably more appropriate for my current car but I haven't bothered with a custom plate on any of my more recent cars. I would probably do it if I still lived in the UK though.
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    Previous Jags: 2007 4.2 XKR | 2004 4.2 XJ8 | 1998 4.0 XJR | 1996 6.0 XJ12 | 1989 5.3 XJ-S | 1983 5.3 XJ-S | 1980 5.3 XJ-S

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    Quote Originally Posted by u102768 View Post
    You can have any combination of 6 characters in New Zealand and you can use spaces if you have narrow characters e.g. 1 or fewer than 6 characters so when I brought my '98 XJR with me when I emigrated I put XJR 4L on it.
    I saw 'MTCO0K' on a jeep at Mt Cook, and 'BOL0X' on a car at Tapeka Pt...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkyM View Post
    Maybe but your first name doesn't start with an M does it?...lol

    Will pop over for a cuppa when am in Llantrisant and Cardiff, TWICE this week
    More than welcome . Just give me a ring on 0144--------- and you can have a grand tour of my new garage with a big savage black cat in there that goes by the name of Richard or Jim ( undecided which ) . I'll pm you my number .
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    In a very nice condition , but will be better the longer it is in my ownership .

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