Another long-standing Europlate member, John Grabham, took a very few photos during his long spotting life, which, sadly, ended a few weeks ago, in January 2013. He had allowed Vic Brumby to scan two of his photos, which are reproduced here:
There is no evidence of another Burmese plate sighting in Britain since the 1950s. Unless YOU know otherwise……
NG*1249 below was John’s other very rare photo, from 1970s Viet-Nam, of the series created for diplomats.
NG abbreviates the Vietnamese Ngoai Gaio, translating to “Foreign Affairs” – the international equivalent of ‘Diplomatic Corps’. Though RPWO has a full embassy code list from that time, it remains difficult to attribute the plates of which Europlate has pictures, to that list. As a (presumably) British embassy car, this Sunbeam should have 01 in the registration, but it shows either 12 or 49 for a code…….
Usually these were green on yellow – this one, oddly, is black on yellow.
Thanks to John for seizing these two rarities.~~
About the same time, Nip Thornley saw a similar diplomatic Ford Fiesta NG 0942 in Britain, but the code doesn’t indicate the British embassy (01)…..
This Land Rover Y*00137 was shot in Saigon by Murray Bailey at the British Embassy in Saigon, during the 1970s and is one of the few we can be sure of, attached to a specific embassy. Here, the 001 must(?) be for GB, car 37, possibly?
Below: The first Vietnamese I ever saw, was in Cannes in 1957 and is the only one I have ever seen with a VN – and with Chinese script included in the plate. Apparently it reads ‘”Viet Nam“. The N indicates the North of the country (Hanoi) the B was the code for cars and the M was serial.
No such ideogram-embellished plates existed in Viet Nam, I am sure; this smart American Ford Fairlane had been specially plated to bring home to France by a departing French senior colonial administrator, I would suggest.
Finally, below, the unidentified category of embassy or foreigner plate represented by this single example I saw in Saigon in 2008. Can anyone help? YES!
Feb. 2013 – Alex Kafka finds the definitive answer to this QT question in his detailed comment below, dated 25/1/2013 …..QT stands for “quốc tế” (‘international’)