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#1 Posted : 06 November 2018 14:35:40(UTC)
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So, I purchased my pride and joy in March 2015...a bog standard 1.6 MK2 (1999) called Maisy. I bought her off a friend and unfortunately, came with absolutely no service history. Me and my dad fixed her up and she's been my daily car since March 2017, after passing my driving test. You can now see where your car was MOT'd via the DVLA website, so I did this and realised she's been all over the UK (Maidstone, Dundee, Rugby, Tamworth, Shropshire, Wales). Including me, she's had 10 owners. 

What I'm really after is...is there anyone out there who knows any history about my beloved car. Even if it's a tiny snippet of information.

Here's some info on her:

T reg, 1999, red 1.6 MK2, T540 OKL

She's more unique in the fact that she has the late MK1 enkei alloys on, with the eternal flame centre caps. 

Thanks in advance

 

 

 

 

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#2 Posted : 06 November 2018 18:10:24(UTC)
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A Not very helpful reply, (sorry about that) But your car sounds a bit like the woman who no-one wanted to marry, or form a permanent relationship with either. It looks good enough, but so do many women.
My thoughts are none of the former owners may be present - or past members of this club, the time scale seems to indicate that. - Some owners sign up after years of ownership, possibly due to having used this forum for some information, as you have done.

Granted, it is possible that a former member did own this car at some point, but as members come and go quite often, and not all past or present members use the forum anyway, you may never know. I can understand your curiosity, but the reality is there I'm afraid.

At least my unwanted reply will bring your post out of the twilight zone (new posts) and into the open, so it may get a response, so I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

Good luck, and enjoy the car!
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#3 Posted : 06 November 2018 18:27:35(UTC)
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Change the title of your thread to 'Finding out the history of my MX5 T540 OKL' More chance of somebody recognising it.

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#4 Posted : 06 November 2018 18:36:32(UTC)
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Get in touch with the DVLA. Used to be able to get copies of all the paperwork associated with the car for £5. Might be more nowadays,

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#5 Posted : 06 November 2018 19:00:37(UTC)
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Did that not stop recently for privacy reasons. I could be wrong about that.
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#6 Posted : 06 November 2018 19:05:58(UTC)
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IIRC, an OKL reg is similar to the reg used for Mazda demos back in the day. It may have been a Mazda car originally.

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#7 Posted : 06 November 2018 19:20:03(UTC)
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[quote=Gerryn;756913]

I can imagine that being the case. She hasn't spent more than two years with one owner, apart from me! I plan to keep her for as much time as possible

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#8 Posted : 06 November 2018 19:21:27(UTC)
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Doug and Drumtochty. I will contact the DVLA, to see what they can do :)

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#9 Posted : 06 November 2018 19:24:20(UTC)
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Roadster Robbie. 

I looked up OKL and it appears that she was registered in Maidstone. 

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#10 Posted : 06 November 2018 20:10:29(UTC)
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Which would make Robbies comment correct. (Maidstone is UK home base for Mazda)
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Further thought - If it was a Mazda demo, would Mazda send it round several dealers? If it was first of the new model, then it would be welcome at any of them. Some of the registrations could be down to local trends - to make the car look like it's an area one, rather than one from Maidstone. That could account for registrations around the country?

Conjecture really, but possible?
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#12 Posted : 06 November 2018 20:32:46(UTC)
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Following this as I also have a mk2 in racing ginger with th “OKL” registration
1996 Mk 1 - 1.8 in BRG
1999 Mk 2 - 1.8S in Racing Bronze
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#13 Posted : 06 November 2018 20:33:31(UTC)
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Afterthought- Wouldn't be still an OKI plate if re-registrations took place?
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#14 Posted : 06 November 2018 22:17:05(UTC)
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Hmm, reading this, one might think that there were never any MX5 owners in Maidstone.

Although KL was a Maidstone suffix, that's not where the car was registered

https://cazana.com/uk/car/T540OKL

Now, how to explain this. SAZ9961 is on my 1996 Roadster, owned by me since 2005. Previously, it was on my 91 Roadster, which I owned in Northern Ireland

That Northern Ireland MX5 was imported in November 1997, I brought it in April 2000, and brought it over to England December 2003. When I sold it in 2005, it was reregistered J485GAL

https://cazana.com/uk/car/J485GAL

Yeah, those dates are random...... And it was reregistered in Nottingham

The 96 was originally on N557 OGH, the plate TW Whites had issued to the car.

I suspect this Mk2 has not been T540OKL for all its life. Maybe a slim chance someone in the Eastern Region knew it.
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#15 Posted : 07 November 2018 17:39:34(UTC)
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Saz9961, that's an interesting thought. I'll contact dealers in the Norwich area to see if they can help me. It also happens to be that my partners mk2 was registered in Norwich! (AH are the last two letters) So if it comes back that mine was too, that'll be spooky haha. I'll keep the thread updated if I get anywhere.

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#16 Posted : 08 November 2018 10:36:32(UTC)
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So, I have a bit of progress. The plates were changed to *5*AH (suggesting it was registered in Norwich) and back to T540 OKL in 2006, which coincides with its journey to Dundee. But my next question is...is it possible for an original plate to have this pattern: 1 letter, 1 number, 3 letters.

Also, thanks for everyones input so far, I really appreciate it

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#17 Posted : 08 November 2018 21:20:26(UTC)
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The first owner may have arranged transfer of a plate to a brand new car.
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#18 Posted : 08 November 2018 21:53:49(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: mx5lovers Go to Quoted Post

But my next question is...is it possible for an original plate to have this pattern: 1 letter, 1 number, 3 letters.

 

1 letter, 1 to 3 digits then 3 letters used to be standard back in the mid 1980s, the first letter indicated the year of first registration.

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#19 Posted : 08 November 2018 22:07:36(UTC)
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Chances are the intermediate reg was a 'personal plate'. 

The Wiki has a good article on vehicle regs in the uK, the history section is accurate.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_registration_plates_of_the_United_Kingdom

There was a time when the quantity of numbers could be less.  For example the local dustcart carried the number DEV 1 L (a 1972 reg) after the Mayor refused to have it on his car.  Registered at the same time my old Victor was PRE 906 L.

My old Mini traveller was registered in 1963 and should have had an A plate, but Surrey CC was still using up their old allocation so it was 4971 PF for the next 24 years.

Back in the early 1970s I regularly used to drive past a pink S3 Bentley or Rolls parked on the old South Circular near Kew with the number PEN 15.  I think that number was withdrawn after the car was scrapped.

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#20 Posted : 08 November 2018 23:47:49(UTC)
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One letter, one digit, three letters would have been a 'cherished' number. It is possible to register a new car to a cherished registration. If a vehicle has an ordinary number removed and registered with a personal registration then the original number will go back on the car when the personal reg is removed. If originally registered with a personal registration then a local age related plate will be assigned when the personal reg is removed.

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