I have read recently that the DVLC at Swansea will soon be arranging for the sale of “cherished numbers” through auction houses and established dealers. Many of these registration numbers may still “belong” to existing cars, which for major restoration, or other reasons, may not have been taxed for a number of years. I have accordingly written to the Centre about one of my cars whose rightful registration may be thus at risk. However I believe that it may be both prudent and cost effective if all the historic and one make clubs were to provide the DVLC with the registration numbers of all cars which they know to be extant.
About 20 years ago I visited my local taxation office and was allowed to peruse the file on my 1925 car, and fortunately made copious notes. On my return from 14 years in the United States I found that all the records had been destroyed. I would therefore appeal through your columnns for any information about ny 1931 Alfa Romeo GT with James Young 4-seater drophead coupe coachwork. The registration number is GY 7844. According to the VSCC Alfa Romeo section records the first three owners were JS Johnson, Captain Blake and LS Coddington. My (continuation) tax book shows more recent owners as GS West of Dartford, Max Williamson of Stroud and David Walder of Bristol, from whom I bought it. I would be very grateful to any reader who can provide information concerning owners prior to 1955, or even as to the original colour, or any other details.
Gordon T. Best, Portstewart, Co. Londonderry.