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999 FYL Registration Mark

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999 FYL Registration Mark

Postby Supersonic » 15 Jun 2017, 12:46

This cherished registration mark was originally on the Lord Snowdon / Princess Margaret coach built Hooper Mini in the 1960s. My nephew Adam was at Beaulieu last weekend and showed me photographs of a lovely dark green replica carrying this registration number. A check on the DVLA enquiry system shows that this registration became a cherished number on 21 January 1998. It shows date of first registration in the United Kingdom as 28 May 1974. It lists the engine capacity as 998cc and body colour black. It is clearly an Mk1 body shell so perhaps it was imported into the United Kingdom in May 1974?

What is the background on this famous registration number and this lovely wee coach built replica?

Alan



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Re: 999 FYL Registration Mark

Postby Supersonic » 28 Jun 2017, 15:33

I want to be completely honest and say this subject has generated more private messages than open replies which has not surprised me one bit. Every single private message I received corroborates what I stated earlier in this thread :?:

Some people have no principles but be assured this car is fooling no one who has their ear to the ground :D

Alan

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Re: 999 FYL Registration Mark

Postby Supersonic » 19 Jun 2017, 21:22

davidscothorn wrote:http://mk1-forum.net/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1654


Thanks David for that link. I've received loads of information on this subject. All suggest the complete car was scrapped late 1969 / 1970 :?

Alan

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Re: 999 FYL Registration Mark

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Re: 999 FYL Registration Mark

Postby Supersonic » 19 Jun 2017, 18:09

Supersonic wrote:
Hanlminiman wrote:xxx FYL registrations were originally issued in 1963. I think royalty probably had total privacy in those days. One of my cars has missing ownership records at that time but at the time dealers had to register at the "DVLA" to have insurance cover and allow for demo sales runs in Britain. Hey ho, we will never know the real truth as we get much older and dated observers pass on! As a former manager of the BMC team observed only days ago, it was all about number plates especially if travelling abroad. My my16 road car has a cherished registration, first issued in 2004. Finally, in the days of handwriting, how many "S' " were 5's? If the registration fits, surely "The Mini Legend lives on!"


Cliff, I'm not sure I follow what you mean? The film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance should get a view. When Ransom Stoddard states 'You're not going to use the story, Mr Scott?'

'Maxwell Scott, 'No Sir. This is the West, Sir. When legend becomes fact, print the legend'

I'm into the truth about our motorcar history, legend is not within our gift.

Alan


I should also have said, the word legend to many means myth or fairy tale. The word legend suits the MCR like a glove :D

Alan

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Re: 999 FYL Registration Mark

Postby Supersonic » 19 Jun 2017, 17:28

Hanlminiman wrote:xxx FYL registrations were originally issued in 1963. I think royalty probably had total privacy in those days. One of my cars has missing ownership records at that time but at the time dealers had to register at the "DVLA" to have insurance cover and allow for demo sales runs in Britain. Hey ho, we will never know the real truth as we get much older and dated observers pass on! As a former manager of the BMC team observed only days ago, it was all about number plates especially if travelling abroad. My my16 road car has a cherished registration, first issued in 2004. Finally, in the days of handwriting, how many "S' " were 5's? If the registration fits, surely "The Mini Legend lives on!"


Cliff, I'm not sure I follow what you mean? The film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance should get a view. When Ransom Stoddard states 'You're not going to use the story, Mr Scott?'

'Maxwell Scott, 'No Sir. This is the West, Sir. When legend becomes fact, print the legend'

I'm into the truth about our motorcar history, legend is not within our gift.

Alan

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Re: 999 FYL Registration Mark

Postby Hanlminiman » 16 Jun 2017, 19:09

xxx FYL registrations were originally issued in 1963. I think royalty probably had total privacy in those days. One of my cars has missing ownership records at that time but at the time dealers had to register at the "DVLA" to have insurance cover and allow for demo sales runs in Britain. Hey ho, we will never know the real truth as we get much older and dated observers pass on! As a former manager of the BMC team observed only days ago, it was all about number plates especially if travelling abroad. My my16 road car has a cherished registration, first issued in 2004. Finally, in the days of handwriting, how many "S' " were 5's? If the registration fits, surely "The Mini Legend lives on!"

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Re: 999 FYL Registration Mark

Postby Supersonic » 16 Jun 2017, 15:24

Hello David,

I wonder who 999 FYL was registered to, was it Princess Margaret or Lord Snowdon?
The original 999 FYL was a Hooper coach built Cooper S and was scrapped in the sixties. 999 FYL is now only a cherished number on a 1974 Mini 1000 with chassis number XL2S1N15107A. It is only a Mini 1000 replica of this famous car is what we all think over here ;)

Alan

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Re: 999 FYL Registration Mark

Postby DavyBl » 16 Jun 2017, 06:03

It shows date of first registration in the United Kingdom as 28 May 1974. It lists the engine capacity as 998cc and body colour black. It is clearly an Mk1 body shell so perhaps it was imported into the United Kingdom in May 1974?


I wonder if its late registration into DVLA records is something to do with it being a registration connected to Royalty! Maybe in 74 it was sold into private hands so then came onto DVLA database. Just a thought!


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