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How do I track down an old number plate?

I owned an E-Type Jaguar Convertible in the 1980s and sold it in 1989. Why does it not come up when I type in the reg no YJO 25? I would assume the reg number has some uniqueness so why change. I am just very curious where this car is now for nostalgic reasons.

Asked on 20 May 2024 by Herman Leyenaar

Answered by Craig Cheetham
The number plate on its own is very valuable, so the likelihood here is that the E-Type still exists and the plate has been sold separately, or is held on retention by a previous owner or number plate dealer. Alternatively, it may have been sold to an overseas buyer, in which case it will have been marked as permanently exported and will no longer show on DVLA records.
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