Officially, There were no 1983 Corvettes. There were forty
seven 1983 Corvettes made but none were ever sold. The
National Corvette Museum has the only 1983 known at this
time. The new Corvette plant in Bowling Green, KY closed in
October of 1982 to begin retooling for the 1984 Corvette.
Production began in January of 1983 and the press received
their first view of the 1984 Corvette in January of 1983. In
February, the first production 1984 Corvettes were sold to
the public. In March of 1983, the 1984 Corvette officially
went on sale in the United States, except for California and
a month later, in April, the 1984 Corvette went on sale in
California. By October of 1983, the plant was in full speed
Trivia: Pop music singer "Prince" released the song, "Little
So what you're saying is that there was no 1983s built, isn't that what was
stated? Had to be the first time the new model was built ahead of its model
year, or does that happen every year? Must be the car makers aren't doing it
right, should they build 1984s and sell them in 1982? How can it be said in a
manner that will make you right?
no reg year bikes times two
B reg (first time)1964 Viva
H reg trials bike (unique)
K reg (first time)1972 times two Cortina and a Shilton (the only one ever
P reg (first time)1976 Land |Rover
V reg (first time) times two 1979 Ferari and Suzuki bike
W reg first time 1981 Metro
Y reg (first time) times two 1982 Metro and a camper
C reg at the beginning times two 1985 XR4x4 and Van
E reg at the beginning 1987 Van
N reg at the beginning 1995 Metro
P reg at the beginning 1995 Lexus
oh god, I am a pikey.
mis-type, it is actually a 1997 (just) When it came to me it had a L reg on
the front and a p on the back, the guy had taken off his vanity plates from
one end only!!!
the land rover is the best: it is an historic vehicle as it was built in
1972, but was not registered till 1976
Sorry for the cross post, but this registration thing really seems wacky.
It isn't in order according to the years that have been posted.
Letter - Sequence Year - Posted Years
F - 67 -
G - 68 - 69
H - 69 - -
I - 70 - -
J - 71 - -
K - 72 - -
L - 73 - -
M - 74 - 73
N - 75 - -
O - 76 - -
P - 77 - - 76
Q - 78 - -
R - 79 - -
S - 80 - -
T - 81 - -
U - 82 - -
V - 83 - 80
W - 84 - - 81
X - 85 - 82
Y - 86 - - 82
Z - 87 - -
A - 88 - -
B - 89 - -
C - 90 - - 85
D - 91 - -
E - 92 - - 87
F - 93 - -
G - 94 - -
H - 95 - -
You will notice there is a discrepancy in the M, V, W, X, and W tags. I was
there in '82 so I know that X should be an '82.Most likely I and O are not
issued, as confusion with numbers. But that still leaves big holes in P
through V. Also, I had an M-reg and it was registered 19/07/74, so how is M
a '73? I also had an H-reg and it was build in '69 and registered in '69,
so it wasn't a '70.
gurgled happily, sounding much
The years originally started at january the first but got changed at about d
reg to august.
so most of the letters have a possible two year date.
Without looking things up I can't remember every year of every car I own.
They did miss out I, Z, and O, Q is only used on undateable oddball stuff.
originally the letter was at the end, then at the beginning.
When at the beginning there is further confusion as the later letters
changed every 6 months.
too many possibles
Tom in Missouri ( firstname.lastname@example.org) gurgled happily, sounding much like
they were saying :
The letter changed (for the most part) on the 1st August...
A-suffix (ABC123A) came in on 1/1/63, and continued through to 31/12/63
E was a short one - 1/1/67 to 31/7/67, and F started the 1st August dates.
I,O,Q,U,Z weren't issued.
It turned around to A-prefix on 1/8/84, and continued through until they
moved to a twice-yearly system with T on 1/3/99. Since then, it's been 1/3
and 1/9 as the change dates.
After Y-prefix, it moved to the current scheme - AB51CDE - where the two
digits tell you when it was registered. 51 was the first, starting on
1/9/01, then 02 started 1/3/02, 52, 03, 53, 04 - take the two digit year
for a summer plate, add 50 for a winter plate. That'll see us through to
Q-prefix was (and still is) issued, but to vehicles of indeterminate age -
kitcars, write-offs rebuilt using a second hand shell, etc.
A and B were only used in Middlesex so I believe , E was the short year
from 1 Jan to the 31st of August. Now we can all start a heated
discussion on the letter sequences , for example JA and DB are often
given as Greater Manchester, but were actually allocated to Stockport
Cheshire. Of course theres also the Nortern Ireland numbers that use all
the letters like I and Z that we didnt use on the mainland.
steve the grease
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