Lotus Elan

Which number plate?

PostPost by: pereirac » Sat Feb 20, 2016 3:10 pm

Remember it's the actual build date not the registration date which counts. I always thought my car was a Feb 1973 model but when I got the build information from Lotus it said built November 1972, so black and white plates went on and it's saved me a bit in tax over the years with "historic vehicle status". 1972 got in the first time round so I didn't have to wait for the government to restart it :D

Check the chassis number, if it starts 71 or 72 then you don't have to worry ..

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PostPost by: billwill » Sun Feb 21, 2016 12:00 pm

I don't mind having a yellow rear plate myself as the car is yellow anyway.
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Yellow Elan with Yellow Number Plate


Anything to make a small car more visible at night...


I do have a set of black & whites stored somewhere, but would take some finding.
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PostPost by: pereirac » Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:05 pm

Problem is, if you have a yellow number plate you should have a white one in the front? If other driver can't see a bright yellow car then you really do have problems ..
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:19 pm

Bill do you know you've fitted the spotlights on the wrong end :lol:
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PostPost by: simonknee » Sun Feb 21, 2016 4:04 pm

When Bill says...

billwill wrote:Anything to make a small car more visible at night...


He means ANYTHING!! :lol:
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PostPost by: billwill » Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:18 pm

Grizzly wrote:Bill do you know you've fitted the spotlights on the wrong end :lol:


Does the standard Elan have different (or none) reversing lights? I never thought about it.

As far as I recall those have always been there.
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PostPost by: billwill » Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:22 pm

pereirac wrote:Problem is, if you have a yellow number plate you should have a white one in the front? If other driver can't see a bright yellow car then you really do have problems ..
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I seem to remember checking that and found no requirement that the front & rear plates had to be matched.
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:01 pm

Wow this is amazing, Ministry guy finally gets back to our MOT tester and he's said the cut off 1st Jan 1973 for non reflective plates.

If you take your car in for an MOT today this is what the rules say.......

https://mot-testing.i-env.net/documents ... 000301.htm

I'm sure in due course it will change on the system but it seems some one hasn't got the memo.
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PostPost by: vxah » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:49 pm

I still think DVLA have cocked up? Probably got a work experience school leaver on the job?
Honestly why do it? Maybe they thought hey, why don't we help out all those late +2 owners who have trouble mouting the reflective front plate? :?
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PostPost by: vxah » Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:14 pm

Crazy, the DVLA online comments says that it is somehow linked with the tax exemption yet their own leaflet INF104 states Jan73!
I guess it's the usual right hand/left hand syndrome? Be interesting to see what the police might say at the side of the road?
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PostPost by: pereirac » Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:17 pm

The MOT testing document seems 'inconsistent'.. :lol:
One one hand it says
Vehicles manufactured before 1 January 1973 may have registration plates displaying white, grey or silver characters on a black background.

But under informations (on the same page) it says,
On vehicles first registered on or after 1 January 1973, check: ? the colour of the characters and background
with the reason for rejection being
a. a front registration plate does not have black characters on a white background


No wonder the poor testers are confused.. Is it the build date or the registration date??

The the InsideDVLA website says
Vehicles that can display black and silver plates
Since April 2015 vehicles manufactured before 1 January 1975 can display the older style plates. You must:
have applied to DVLA, and be registered within the ?historic vehicles? tax class.
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Cars from 1973 onwards never had old style number plates before but it now seems that any car registered as 'historic' it now can..
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