When did the motorist’s fascination for Cherished Number Plates begin. It was probably at the same time registration numbers were first issued to motor vehicles in 1903. Both A1 and S1 were the first number plates in England and Scotland respectively and both were acquired by motorists who queued overnight to be the first people with a vehicle registration number in each of their respective countries. The interest for personalised number plates has kept on growing ever since and cherished plates are still classed as one of the best investments you can buy !!