The following table gives the number of vehicles (rounded to the nearest hundred vehicles) licensed in Great Britain on 31 December 1997, 2003 and 2008 which were manufactured before 1 January 1973.
As at 31 December each year Known to be manufactured before1 January 1973 1997 523,500 2003 493,800 2008 473,100
As at 31 December each year
Known to be manufactured before1 January 1973
There are a number of vehicles known to be used before their date of first registration in Great Britain whose date of manufacture is unknown. At 31 December 2008 there were 51,000 such vehicles. It is likely that the large majority of these are modern imported vehicles, but a small proportion may have been manufactured before 1973.
Data are not yet available for vehicles licensed on 31 December 2009.
The Department does not hold data on vehicles licensed in Northern Ireland.