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Orkney car in The King's Speech!

Glancing through an article on "The King's Speech" in The Sunday Express magazine 6th February this photo caught my eye. Is it indeed an Orkney car or a random number selected purely by cinematic licence
Picture added on 11 February 2011 at 10:53
Six figure BS numbers ended in 1964 with BS 7777. Restored veteran cars ( pre 1950) tend to be issued with six figure BS plates with numbers higher than 9000.
Added by Al Hine on 11 February 2011
Well spotted! I have no idea about the car, but would the number on that plate have been issued by the date of the scene? Also, there seems to be an anachronistic lamp-standard on the right.
Added by Ian Hourston on 11 February 2011
And to my further comments a quick look at the DVLA website brings on this:

The enquiry is complete

The vehicle details for BS 9125 are:

Date of Liability 01 07 2011
Date of First Registration 07 07 2004
Year of Manufacture 1925
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 3127CC
CO2 Emissions 0g/Km
Fuel Type Petrol
Export Marker Not Applicable
Vehicle Status Licence Not Due
Vehicle Colour BLUE

Added by Al Hine on 11 February 2011
Bought number plate.

Genuine BS numbers stopped before they got to 8000. In fact I'm sure there are comments about that already on here.
Added by Alastair Kelday on 13 February 2011
I would say that this is ficticious as I don't think the BS numbers ever reached 9000
Added by Ian M Gibson on 13 February 2011
I do not think that BS numbers ever got up to the 9 thousands. I have a vague memory of an entry showing a picture of the last BS issued.
Added by Jim G. on 14 February 2011
Anything above about BS7800 is not an Orkney registration.

If you apply to register an old car that has no registration number (or the original one is not known) the DVLA will provide you with one related to the age of the vehicle. The remaining BS numbers appear to have been used up that way.
Anonymous comment added on 14 February 2011
See picture #7503 for more interesting info re BS numbers.
Added by Sandy on 16 February 2011
In the Tom Kent gallery on the Orkney Library website there is a nice photo (tk495) of a similar Rolls Royce with a genuine BS number pictured outside Lynnfield House, St Ola in 1924.

[I'll add tk495 here for completeness... - Steven]
Added by Paul Sutherland on 16 February 2011
Thanks for all this, folks. I saw the car in the film the other night and wondered what the story was.
Added by Andy Walker on 22 February 2011
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