nicked of heritage insurance website but I didn't know this. I thought it was still 73! Can I display a black & silver number plate? Tim Bishop • 19th November 2015 Follow Us The historic black & silver number plate has been around since 1903, these original plates are an emblem of genuine classics still being driven on the road today. So where does the law lie on this matter? Heritage Insurance takes a look at the facts. © Copyright pyntofmyld The black & silver number plate was issued in the UK following the Motor Car Act 1903, this ensured all vehicles could be legally recognised in the event of a road traffic collision or potentially recovered if stolen. Although the modern white/yellow reflective plate was available since 1968 as an option on new cars, many continued to carry the black & silver number plate into the early seventies. When it comes to the legalities of these old style plates, officially from April 2015 vehicles registered before the 1st of January 1975 can legally display a black & silver number plate providing they are registered with the Historic Vehicles taxation class. So effectively if your classic car is tax exempt then you can display the black & silver number plate. If you have a classic car that is newer than 1975 but would still like that retro look that comes with black & silver number plates, where does this leave you? Well the law states you can’t and that is that. However, having researched this matter and having even read this from the horse’s mouth so to speak, it is quite possible that you can evade prosecution due to it being such a minor offence. In fact if you are a sensible driver and do not give the law any reason to stop you this minor infraction may generally go unpunished. Trust me I’m speaking from experience. Far be it for us to condone such criminal acts but if you decide to race down the road at 60mph and get stopped by the Police, not only will you receive a speeding fine and points they may also endorse your driving licence for your number plates and fine you for that to.