In the 1970s, a much-travelled pal of mine, Murray Bailey, photographed this yellow on green IT plate 008-IT-22, but he forgets where, only that it was in West Africa. It may be Senegal, but confirmation welcomed! What a shame the moped behind is not in full picture, to give us a clue…
Senegal – or elsewhere??
About 1963, I saw this American car in London, IT 0623. It could have been from any of the overseas French territories of the period – but which??
Unidentified temporary Importation plate for a French territory-1960We used to think that all the green IT plates we saw were French Diplomatics, and only learned much later that they were given out to any category of foreigner who was in a country temporarily (possibly with the vehicle let in without payment of import taxes). Aid personnel and non-diplomatic embassy staff were among the groups registered so.
If they really were diplomats or consular officials, they would carry a separate oval plate or even have the letters CD or CC made into their IT plate. (Were the French IT plates coded for the users’ country of origin, then
French Temporary Import of Diplomatic vehicle, in Paris, 1960s. The zeroes probably indicate the ambassadorial car… The boot/trunk label on this American-made 1950s Ford Sedan tells us that this was a manual gearbox car with an optional overdrive, before automatic transmission became standard on all US cars.
A non-diplomatic temporary importation to France, in 1964 London, on a then-ubiquitous Renault 4L.
And finally, just for interest….
The R-R Silver Shadow of the British Ambassador in Paris 1970s.