VB thought he would share some of John Pemberton’s limelight with this former Portuguese East Africa posting, first by showing the first new-series Mozambiquian plate I saw this morning, at the Tsetsekama Gorge viewing-point, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Luckily the car was stationary, enabling enough camera time to gather the details. The three letters and three-numbers are serial, and the final two letters are the regional code – in this case MC for Maputo (City). The lady driver thought the new series had been running for 4-5 years, though 2-3 may be more accurate. The plates are clearly manufactured in South Africa and they closely resemble current ZA practice – just as the new Swaziland plates do, too.
Tax documents for 2013 MOC.
But this is in 2013………………
65 years ago, if we had trudged round London with JP, we would have found a Lourenco Marques registration on a big American (Dodge?) car, LM 7667. This was from the original Portuguese East Africa plate type which commenced in 1930 and was issued until 1957, when the LLL-NN-NN series began – example below.
The only other photo of the LM code on a vehicle is this, and the origin is unknown….