MUSCAT & OMAN
The earliest pictures of plated cars in Oman are from the 1960s, when there were hardly any vehicles or roads in the sultanate. Perhaps this is why the few pictures collected are on cross-country vehicles, particularly Land Rover.
Our former President Bernt Larsson has fielded this magnificent shot from his library. It’s almost like a publicity picture for the Land Rover catalogue!
Prodded by Bernt’s senior-team display, the percussive Mr. James Fox, of those United States, hurried to counter him with this very unusual DIE-CAST Omani plate of the period (they being simply painted tin sheet as a rule). This plate is reminiscent of the Kuwait plates of the period, which were almost all heavy, cast metal, like this (and also silver on red)
EU38 also has an exemplar of the period, which had the additional curiosity of an out-of-state plate to translate the arabic-only Muscat/Oman registration.
DYU 24 C – Readers may be surprised by the evidence of sunshine in this photograph and wonder if the image may have been put through Photoshop. I can attest that this WAS taken in England – though, of course, long before global warming was an issue!
On the taxi-rank in Kabul, in September 1968, the very same Land Rover was to be seen waiting for customers! Some coincidence….. The owner must have been just ahead of me on the overland route from Britain…… The British plates, DYU 24 C, which had been painted on originally, were still in evidence in Afghanistan.
*Most London registrations between 10 and 99 were kept for registering used imports of all types, probably from the 1940s to the late 1960s.
The yellow plate begs the question: why the low number, if yellow came after black? Cedric, please??
Cedric Sabine has responded with the info that the black plates were for commerical vehicles, the yellow for private use.
A final shot we cannot leave out of an Oman Posting:
That’s all from Oman for now…….