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The British Newspaper Archive

The registration plate archive for UK cars, bikes and vans registered between 1903 and 2001

Track Down Your Old Car! Find Out If It's Still Around
🚗 Find Out Everything You Can About A Used Vehicle

The British Newspaper Archive can be an amazing source of information - not least for old vehicles. Although the chances of finding something on the archive are slim, it will tell you if your old car has cropped up.

  • Perhaps a celebrity bought and owned the car?
  • Was it involved in a crime?
  • Was someone else trying to track it down?

Head over to:


and in the input box called "The phrase" (by the red arrow below), type your registration number. It doesn't matter whether it's in capitals (ABC123D) or lowercase letters (abc123d), just ensure that it doesn’t have a space in the middle (i.e. type ABC123D and do not type ABC 123D - note that space in the middle).

Also make sure that the box marked "Exact search" is ticked - this is important.

British Newspaper Archive

If the Archive doesn't find any results, it will let you know by saying "Sorry, no results were found".

If this is the case, repeat the search, but this time type your registration number as ABC 123D - with the space in the middle. Obviously if your number plate has a different format registration, use the variants of that. Simple dateless plates can be entered as either ABC123 and then ABC 123. Modern style number plates can be tried as AB12CDE and AB12 CDE. Also if you feel that any other variants are likely to exist then try these too.

🚗 Find Out Everything You Can About A Used VehicleList of contents:
  1. Track Your Vehicle Down
  2. The British Newspaper Archive
  3. The British Newspaper Archive - Continued
  4. Is Your Car Still Insured?
  5. The DVLA Websites: Look Up Your Car
  6. Your DVLA Car Records
  7. SORNed Or Scrapped Car?
  8. Commercial Vehicle Reports
  9. What The Car Data Looks Like
  10. How Many Left
  11. Use RegArchive And VRegs In Depth To Trace Cars
  12. Contacting The DVLA For Car Information

Just tell us about your favourite car. Was it your first car? Did you drive it to festivals or around Britain? Did it have a name? Tell us your memories and we'll publish the best ones on RegArchive.

Don't forget to tell us the car registration number or we can't publish it.

RegArchive is the online archive for all UK vehicle registration plates. Use the search box above or below to see if your car, bike, van or other vehicle has been added with photos and comments. If not, consider uploading your car photos and/or add comments and memories - it's easy and free.