A black reg with white or silver characters means it's a classicNumber Plate.
Prior to 2021, if you were lucky enough to own a pre-1973 classic or vintage vehicle you are entitled to an older style of plate. However, things changed in 2021, with the rolling 40 year tax exemption rule preventing the sale of vintage (black/silver) plates to vehicles newer than 1980s models.
What Kind Of Plates Can I Have?
If you are wanting a vintage number plate for your vehicle, Framptons - the U.K.'s leading supplier of classic vehicle number plates -have fantastic classic car number plates for sale, with a huge range to choose from depending on the age of the vehicle.
Hand Painted Plates
Aluminium plates are coated with a black enamel then hand painted with your registration details. Ideal for early vehicles (pre-1950) and traction engines.
Cast Aluminium Plates
Molten aluminium is poured into a custom mould unique to your number plate. Digits, borders and plate backgrounds are cast into a solid shape.Ideal for heavy duty agricultural and industrial vehicles from 1920s
Pressed Aluminium Plates
Traditionally manufactured embossed aluminium classic number plates. Plates are created by hand using stoving enamels, original dies and custom built equipment.Ideal for practical classic carsfrom the 1940s.
Ace Digit Plates
Ace Digits are exclusive to Framptons. The cast aluminium polished digits give an expensive feel to any restoration. Most suited to classic vehicles registered before 1963.
Raised Riveted Silver
Silver 3D style injection moulded plastic digits are riveted by hand to an aluminium plate with bevelled edge. Ideal for practical classic vehiclesfrom the 1950s.
Raised Riveted White
White 3D style injection moulded plastic digits are riveted by hand to an aluminium plates with bevelled edge. Ideal for practical classics from the 1950s.
Smooth Black & Silver Acrylics
White or silver digits are visible through a sprayed black acrylic.Ideal for racing vehicles.
Horizontal Ribbed Plate
Corrugated silver digits are visible through a sprayed black acrylic, ideal as an alternative to smooth acrylic, particularly on vehicles from the mid 1960s to 1972.
Self Adhesive Plate
Flexible adhesive backed number plates.Ideal for vehicles with no space for a standard number plate.
Where Can I Buy Black and Silver Classic Number Plates in the UK?
If you are wanting a vintage or black number plate for your classic vehicle, Framptons the U.K.'s leading supplier of classic car and motorcycle number plates; have a wide variety of classic plates to choose from depending on the age of the vehicle.
Black, Classic Registration Plates For Motorcycles
Up until the mid 1930's many motorcycles had hand painted rear plates with 2 1/2 inch high digits. A number of bikes, particularly those manufactured in the UK, also had hand painted front curved plates. Aluminum silver or black classic numberplates were introduced from the mid-1930’s which were used until 1973.
As the government began to run out of registration numbers it was decided to change the system and introduce a seventh digit, the year letter. Motorcycles manufactured from 1963 - 1973 often had larger plates to fit the seventh digit on the plate. Other plates used a smaller registration 1 3/4 inch high digit.
For any vehicles manufactured after 1st January 1973 it became legal to have reflective plates, with black digits with a yellow background on the rear. The plates were originally made of aluminium but were gradually superseded by acrylic plates.
Things changed in 2021, with the rolling 40 year tax exemption rule preventing the sale of vintage (black/silver) plates to vehicles newer than 1980s models.
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