My Civic still has it's original dealer plate on the rear and although it is showing it's age I have resisted fitting a new one, ironic I know after all the major changes I have done outside but over these last 4 years I have always said one day I would go back to the garage that supplied it and take a picture in front of their sign.
We were at a Jap car meet in Mansfield and I thought its only half an hour out of our way why not.....
So I pulled onto the forecourt and wandered into the showroom and asked the salesman if it was OK to take the photo as the car was supplied new from that site, he walked towards my car, looked at the front plate and said "it's Mrs Moseley's old car....lovely lady she kept bringing it back to us for a while for it's servicing and MOT"
He started working there in 1977, however a year after my car was sold in '85 they lost the franchise to Gordon Lamb in Chesterfield and ever since have been a used car specialist, he went on to explain how they were only allocated 60 cars a year out of the 16000 quota allowed into the UK and many of them were immediately sold at a premium to other dealers who were desperate to satisfy orders, only 2 years ago they cleared out the remaining stock of parts including body panels, as a dealer they were expected to carry far more than in reality they would ever need.
He was more than happy to pose with the car and approved of what I have done to it !
The "service" and the name is the original signage, all in all a fascinating and quite surreal experience which adds a little more to the history of the car.