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Suffix Number Plates 1963-1983

There was a car registration system previous to 1963 before the suffix number plates system was introduced, but we will only be covering the subject from 1963. Needless to say pre-63 plates are dateless, rare and expensive.


In 1963, a year related system was introduced to replace the quickly running out old system.

Known as the suffix system, this classic number plate system ran from 1963 to 1983, where it was then replaced by the prefix system. Originally running from 1st January, but latter changed to August in 1967, as car retailers found buyers waiting for the new year to get a new car, causing peaks and troughs in sales.

Number Plate Identification And Format
Suffix Number Plate

The first 3 letters are for the regional identity
Unfortunately I’m unable to find sufficient data for the regions.

The following 1-3 numbers are purely random
This could be any number from 1-999.

The last letter is the year identifier
Starting with an ‘A’ suffix in January 1963 and ending in a ‘Y’ suffix in July 1983. Note there are no I, O, Q, U or Z letters used. For a complete list of suffix and dates See below.

Note: Due to suffix number plates being age related, they can only be placed on cars of the appropriate age or newer. You cannot place a newer number plate on an older car for obvious reasons.


Number Plate Characters
All number plates fitted between 1973 – 1983 follow the same as pre 1st September 2001 number plates and must display characters that meet the dimensions shown in one of the two groups below:

Group 1 Group 2
Height 89mm 79mm
Width (except for number ‘1′) 64mm 57mm
Stroke 16mm 14mm
Space Between characters 13mm 11mm
Space Between groups 38mm 33mm
Side margins ( minimum ) 13mm 11mm
Space between vertical lines 19mm 19mm

 

Number plates before January 1973 must display characters that meet the dimensions shown in one of the two groups below:

Group 1 Group 2
Height 89mm 79mm
Width (except for number ‘1′) 64mm 57mm
Stroke 16mm 14mm
Space Between characters 13mm 11mm
Space Between groups 38mm 33mm
Side margins 25mm 11mm
Top & bottom margins 13mm 11mm

 

Additional notes
All vehicles manufactured after January 1973 must display number plates of reflex-reflecting material, white at the front and yellow at the rear, the characters must be black.

Traditional number plates fitted to vehicles manufactured before 1 January 1973 are not required to display the mandatory character font, but the characters must be easy to read. They may also display traditional style “black and white” plates i.e. white, silver or grey characters on a black plate.


Letters And Dates For
Suffix Number Plates

Suffix letter

Issue dates

A

Jan 1963 – Dec 1963

B

Jan 1964 – Dec 1964

C

Jan 1965 – Dec 1965

D

Jan 1966 – Dec 1966

E

Jan 1967 – July 1967

F

Aug 1967 – July 1968

G

Aug 1968 – July 1969

H

Aug 1969 – July 1970

J

Aug 1970 – July 1971

K

Aug 1971 – July 1972

L

Aug 1972 – July 1973

M

Aug 1973 – July 1974

N

Aug 1974 – July 1975

P

Aug 1975 – July 1976

R

Aug 1976 – July 1977

S

Aug 1977 – July 1978

T

Aug 1978 – July 1979

V

Aug 1979 – July 1980

W

Aug 1980 – July 1981

X

Aug 1981 – July 1982

Y

Aug 1982 – July 1983