Number Plate Stories
Tony Wraight of Finesse Fine Art in Dorset bought the registration 1 TVW many years ago. "It previously belonged to Westward TV" says Tony. "I was delighted to find it and I have placed it on a succession of Mercedes cars - currently it adorns my silver Mercedes S class limousine.
"I also managed to find TVW 2 last year. it was on an old VW camper van near my home but I didn't know it was there because the vehicle was hardly ever used. The registration was advertised in the Times simply because its owner was emigrating to Australia with the van but didn't need the number. I rushed round at 7am on the Sunday morning to get it as soon as I saw it advertised.
"My business partner and good friend Bill also has his own personal plate 1 WJF (William John Flint). He got it from Regtransfers.co.uk. and has it on his silver Mercedes E class estate."
Tony spends his time traveling to auctions in both the UK and worldwide searching for rare Lalique glassware motoring artefacts and quality Art Deco bronzes. He is now the World’s leading authority on rare mascots, and has put together many fine collections on behalf of important international clients and collectors.
"Mascots are one of the few ways left to adorn your vehicle to make it really special" says Tony."For me, it’s been a 40-year affair with mascots, SS Jaguars, Art Deco and Lalique glassware."