A fine motor museum outside Franschoek, Western Cape, reveals a few early plates which are now little seen. http://www.fmm.co.za
OB-914, Orange Free State – Bloemfontein, circa 1910 at Franschoek. This car is a Lorraine-Dietrich. Brumby archive
Below: Next, BDP 795 EC, a former series Eastern Cape plate re-registering a 1920s Ford model ‘A’, using the new EC-suffixed series, but on a plain yellow ground. Soon replaced by the multicoloured background of the current type. A handful of these are still to be seen in use.
BDP 795 EC interim plate design for Eastern Cape Province. These plain plates were issued from 1996 to Oct 1998. Brumby archive
Below:NO 85 from Kwazulu-Natal (then simply Natal) coded NO to Melmoth, a small place half-way between Durban and Swaziland.
NO 85 on a Natal motorcycle. NO is from Mtonjaneni-Melmoth
BelowCC 22 FL GP – examples of the new layout of the Gauteng (formerly Transvaal) plates, showing the square version and the long.
In 2011, starting with BB 00 AA, Gauteng had exhausted its 3-letter 3-number series and changed to LL NN LL. Rear size example.
Below:GDF 116 G – Here is a central government series, always plain. background.
Dept. of Transport national issue. GG codes ‘Government Garage’. Seen 16-1-2013, Somerset West, Cape.
and finally an archive shot from John Pemberton’s album – Natal/Durban no. 20 during the 1940s in Oxford, UK., bearing a big Royal Automobile Club oval. (What make/model this American car?)
Unknown 1940s American car from Durban. ND 20 Oct. 2014 – Now identified by Andre as a 1946-8 Chrysler!
Until 1981, South African Govt. departments were allocated plates from the ‘ Government Garage’. Here is a Ford Cortina Mk 3 estate car in Grahamstown in those days. Brumby archive
DIP 123 D is of the diplomatic style of the 1970s.