The oldest number plate – A1- is the original "dateless" number plate.
But why are they known as dateless numberplates? Well a lot of the record keeping from the early 1900’s was missing or patchy and so instead of releasing numbers in a nice sequential and ordered pattern- some councils issued numberplates at different times- making it nigh impossible to determine the age of a certain number plate.
Dateless number plates are the oldest and rarest number plates available. Beginning with 1 letter+1 number combinations such as A1 and increasing in size o 3 letter +3 number combinations- dateless number plates tend to be a more prestigious numberplate.
Typically, dateless number plates fetch higher prices than any other style. This is due, in part to the fact that dateless numberplates are so-called because they can be transferred to a vehicle- regardless of it’s year of registration..
In addition to this; dateless number plates can only have a maximum of 6 digits- shorter number plates will always fetch a higher price.
Finally dateless registrations are some of the rarest and oldest numberplates on the roads- a significant factor to number plate collectors and numberplate investors.
Dateless number plates are favoured by numberplate collectors and enthusiasts – as the quality and value of this style of numberplate is consistent- they are usually a safe bet.
Generally fetching a higher price, dateless number plates can be found adorning Rolls Royce, Bentleys and Ferraris in the UK- the most famous dateless reg – F1 – is on a Mercedes McLaren SLR at the time of writing.
Dateless number plates have broken price records in recent times- with both F1 and M1 fetching hundreds of thousands of pounds at auction.
A1 would be the most famous and expensive dateless plate- it was in fact the first numberplate ever issued in 1903.