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To tie together three topics as one, I split this thread from the thread about a thermostat for a UK Twin-Spark 164 because I didn't want to hijack the other thread.

FOR A 164 TS 2.0 H reg 1991.

I've also seen the same things on UK ebay ads.
Yes - good point! :)
Here's a handy explanation. http://www.no1reg.co.uk/number-plate-history/
Up to 1999, the number plate letter changed only once per year, so G would be 1990, H 1991 etc. I think the changeover took place halfway through the year, so a 1991 car could be G or H, and I guess that is why the English specify the year letter to make this clear.

Then in 2001 the numberplate format changed completely. Second-half of 2001 registrations are '51', while '02' means the first half of 2002. So, if something is '54'-reg, it means the second half of 2004.

Secondly, I've just purchased a Personalised Plate here in NZ, last night, which represents a large and extravagant purchase, almost the same price as my 164 itself! Half of the price goes to road safety funding. I considered it a one-off purchase because it can be transferred from car to car. The actual plate shall remain a secret until I have it attached to my 164. I will update this thread with a pic. ;)

In England, personalised plates have to be actual registration numbers (!) while in NZ we have free reign over six letters/numbers. I paid $100 extra to have a European-sized number plate (not as tall and wider than normal, actually the same huge size as a UK plate and not at all like those in Italy!)

Thirdly, what is the situation in the USA - are personalised plates issued on a state-by-state basis, are they transferrable, is it difficult to get the one you want, and are they expensive (i.e. the value of a 164?) I was just interested as I spotted 'ALFA4ME' (didn't I?) in some of the pictures here.

Thanks,
-Alex
 

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To answer the third part of your query, here in the state of New Hampshire, "initial" plates are $33 annually. The Moose conservation plate is $30 (picture of moose on backround of plate-partial proceeds go to conservation fund) Therefore, a moose intial plate would be $63 annually. The plates are transferable for a fee (nominal if I recall)
Wow - are you saying you get a choice of available letters/numbers combination for just $33/$63 extra per year? That's very interesting - I had no idea there was a moderate ongoing cost rather than our up-front fee. Of course, people are also always trying to flog 'special' plates at up to $15,000-ish here, I imagine it's the same there if you want "888" etc.

I've always heard that customized or initial plates were expensive outside of USA and Canada. I doubt if I'd spring for one if it were the value of my 164. But, you probably have fantastic, racetrack smooth roads in NZ because of people doing just that!
Ha! :)
What a wonderful idea - sadly, our roads are generally poor by world standards, but hey... I'm happy enough. There's quite a variety of conditions. Someone told me recently that concrete freeways in LA are nowhere near as smooth as our motorways/dual carriageways. But we still have dodgy two-lane roads in country areas. They keep you awake.

Most of our road-safety money would be in TV advertising here, latest eloquent mottos on billboards etc. include "If your mate's pissed, you're screwed", and "If you stop a drink-driver, you're a bloody legend". So now, I'm helping to finance those.

Thanks for the insights!
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As a guide, the cost of the plates are about the same as the cost of registration. So people with the plates are effectively doubling their registration costs. Id rather splash out a nice set of tyres (tires?) on quality alloy rims every few years, but each to his own.
I'm pleased that my plates are just an up-front cost, and able to be transferred to any car that I ever own - I'm feeling better about the purchase now, thanks :D

The plate is Alfa-specific, but that's OK because I expect to always own an Alfa Romeo in the future!

The up-front cost is about five year's registration, but from then on, registration costs will be the same as usual.

A particularly fantabulous plate that I saw was on a bright-red Holden, being driven noisily, and it was 'HSV V8'. What made it worse was that the owner had spent an extra $100 to get the message underneath it, that read 'HSV GTS 225KW V8'! Maybe a more appropriate message would have been "MINE IS BIGGER THAN YOURS!"

-Alex
 
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