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Should I sell my classic Alvis TA14 complete with its special numberplate?

We have a 1948 Alvis TA14 with the registration ‘TA 14’. It has had two owners from new, full history and has lots of extras like Hooper Brothers paintwork. Fully restored a few years ago, it's now time to sell. Should we sell the plate separately or on the car? And can you recommend a good dealer or auction?

Asked on 9 November 2013 by JD, Ripon, Yorks

Answered by Honest John
The registration 'TA 14' will be of huge interest to Alvis aficionados, especially still attached to its original Alvis TA14. I recommend www.historics.co.uk at Brooklands, because it's local to me, I like the people, and it got one reader £10,000 more than he expected for a part-restored Austin Healey (almost double the money). But you may find H&H at Buxton more convenient. I copied this to our classics expert, Keith Adams and he agreed, then, in order of preference – Bonhams Harrogate sale, Silverstone Auctions and Barons. He affirmed that it is vital to keep the car and the registration together.
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