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A History of Motor Vehicle Registration in the United Kingdom

  by L H Newall. Third edition with revisions edited by John Harrison

Les Newall's 'standard work' on vehicle registration has been out of print for several years. First published 
privately by the author in 1999 and reprinted 
in 2001, the book is now available to a wider 

Les spent a lifetime researching the history of 
the UK registration system and this book is the 
product of his research. He tells the story of 
the development of registration marks from 
their introduction in 1903 and gives detailed 
information about 'ordinary' marks, trade 
plates, diplomatic marks, military registrations 
and the unique British cherished number system.

A large part of the book is taken up with a 
council-by-council survey which includes dates 
of issue of all known pre-1963 two-letter and 
three-letter registration marks. For those owners and enthusiasts wishing to find out more about the origins of particular marks, this book is invaluable.

In addition to the occasional illustrations in Les's original text, this new edition includes eight pages of photographs depicting over fifty vehicles bearing the various types of registration mark described in the text. It also features an index and a new chapter explaining how the current registration system introduced in 2001 has actually worked out in practice.

A5 size (210 x 148 mm). vi + 320 pages. Laminated card cover.

ISBN 978-1-872686-32-5. Price 16.95