Trade Plates – Dealers, SGP, EAZ & ADN

August 24, 2018
revised 201808242048

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the Blog brings you a few of the extraordinary images which Karel Stoel amassed over 50 years.    This August 2018 Blog page refers to some unusual Trade Plates and related specials…..

 

(EAZ 49c)(dlr)_1_(r.w)_MorrisMO.vbKS copy

Previously unknown, a dealer plate on British Zanzibar in circa 1949 has a large number ‘1’ probably in red on a white ground, as it awaits its normal plates. RPWO archive

(EAZ 49c)(dlr)_1_cf_(r.w)_MorrisMO.vbKS copy

The Zanzibar Dealer 1 close-up.

 

And while we’re in Zanzibar…….

(EAZ 50s-60s)(gv)_ZG 316_AustinJ2van.vbKS

(EAZ)  —  ZG 316 – Zanzibar Govt. – Who knew that the Zanzibar Government had its own issue?    ZG 316 is inspected by the army in the 1960s.   It’s on a Morris J4  minibus, surely an unsatisfactory model for the tough conditions of that unpaved island….

 

ADEN DEALER

(ADN 50s)(dlr)_GEN 24_Hill.Minx.abgKS copy

(ADN)–GEN 24 —  About 1951, a new Minx awaits permanent registration as it is collected from the docks in transit to the Hillman dealer.     We can guess that the plates are white on red, in the GB style. and that the ‘GEN’ abbreviates General (use), one of two dealer plate types used in Britain, the other being the Limited (use) type, which was red on white.

 

(ADN 50s)(dlr)_GEN 3_c_MMinor.csKS(ADN)–GEN 3 — A second example of that hitherto-unknown Aden plate type is seen on a Morris Oxford MO, sporting GEN 3.     Note the wide panel to accommodate the numberplate, pressed in to the boot panel, a feature formerly unknown to The Blog.   (export spec, mayhap?)

 

And another rarity from Aden … a taxi

(ADN 60-63)(taxi)_L 5943_(b.w)_abgKS

(ADN)  —  L 5943  Reverse colours of black on white differentiated the taxi plates of Aden Colony from civilian white on black; this is the only known photo.   L 5943 dates from 1960-63 amd is on an Opel.                                                                        TEHA2

and, below, an Aden QUIZ picture…help!

(ADN)(cc 62-UK)_CC 23 ADN_www.thetimes.co.uk  (ADN)  —  CC 23 ADN –  Has anyone any information on this Consular Corps series from the ’60’-70s?     Never reported, nor otherwise illustrated.     Yet this is CC issue 23, so there must have been consulates for more than one country in what was then a British colony and protectorate………

 

SINGAPORE DEALER

(SGP)(dlr 50s-80s)_108 S_comp_(s.y)_Mazda.SGP)(dlr docks1966VB

(SGP)   108 S  —  Singapore trade plates used the scarcely-legible silver-on light yellow colouring until the 1980s, when the background changed to blue.   

In 1968, a new Mazda awaits collection from the wharf, as one of the early Japanese cars to come to the island, where all Nipponese brands met with great success in the forthcoming years.  

 

And also from Singapore, but long before…..1904:

(SGP 04-49c,04c)_S-1_Oz1904blogVB

(SS) — S 1 Straits Settlements. Now we have unearthed the picture of Singapore’s first registration, from a history published by ‘Singapore Tatler‘ and given as 1904.              Lady Annie Dare’s 2-cylinder Star car, which she named ‘Ichiban’, but which was called ‘The Devil Wind Carriage’ by the astonished native people, was driven all over the Malay Peninsular and Java, before being returned to England and Scotland in later years.

 

That’s all for now – more to be added later.   

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psssst –  Here’s another new discovery – Bahrein Dealer c 1950.   Austin A40 Sports (an export model).   1851 in arabic.

(BRN 50c)(maybe dealer)_1851_(w.r m)_AustinA40Sports_c_vbKS

 

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OMAN and a little more of the Gulf

March 3, 2014

A great air-route to take between some European airports and Malaysia, is via OMAN, formerly known as the Sultanate of  Oman and/or  Muscat and Oman , until July 1970.   It is a happy. prosperous and politically-settled arab country of 1.5m. population, which welcomes all visitors without concern for race or religion – a boon in these present times.

Oman Air is an example of the new Gulf airlines increasingly (and cheaply)  serving the East-West-East routes via their extravagant airport hubs in the former dunes and inhospitable terrain of the desert, now built up and planted with parks, trees and fine turf.    Muscat, Oman’s capital,  is well worth a few days’ stop-over for the dedicated plate-o-phile, and visiting vehicles from the other Gulf states are often to be seen, as a spotter’s bonus.

The background colour is what differentiates the many types of  Oman licence-plates, from yellow for private vehicles, red for commercially-used vehicles of all sorts, mid-blue for export plates, white for officials of all types save the dark blue for police, to turquoise for  dealers and temporary plates.   The military units, royal protection and palace household maintenance fleets each have their own series.

Private vehicles use black on yellow, a serial number and a one- or two-lettered serial, having no coding.   Not all the letters of the alphabet are used.

(OM 2001~)_D 31516_VB2014blog

D 31516 .. Bentleys are less seen in Oman than in the nearby UAE states.                 Brumby archive 2014.

(OM 2001~)_HD 68_VB2014blog

HD 68 .. Low numbers can be bought for a premium if not previously allocated. then kept for transfer to new cars later. ( Not much later, in the oil-rich Gulf countries….)                                          Brumby archive 2014

There are few motorcycles.   Those seen all carried the letters LK, indicating a defining code.    Brumby archive 2014

There are few motorcycles.    Those seen all carried the letters LK, indicating a defining code.                                                                              Brumby archive 2014

This seems to be a plate carried by learner-drivers on motorcycles, until they pass their test.             Brumby archive 2014

L 1966  ..  This seems to be a supplementary plate carried by learner-drivers of motorcycles, until they pass their test.                                   Brumby archive 2014

Commercial plates are red:

The red plates distinguish vehicles used for hire and reward - a few are coded, including this K-prefixed for Taxi.  K, KA/B/C etc.    Brumby archive 2014

The red plates distinguish vehicles used for hire and reward – a few are coded, including this K-prefixed example for Taxis. K, KA/B/C etc.                         Brumby archive 2014

Hire cars use the 'T' prefix, starting with a single 'T', then A/B etc.   Current issue is TB/ at Feb. 2014.    Brumby archive 2014

Hire cars use the ‘T’ prefix, starting with a single ‘T’, to 9999, then TA/B etc. Current issue is TB/ at Feb. 2014.                                            Brumby archive 2014

Minibuses with multiple seats, and which can take some cargo, use code KK and are little seen in the main town of Muscat.    Brumby archive 2014

Minibuses with multiple seats, and which can take some cargo, use code KK and are little seen in the main town of Muscat.           Brumby archive 2014

YB 9439  ..  standard truck plate on a heavy 6-wheeler.    Brumby archive 2014

YB 9439 .. standard truck plate on a heavy 6-wheeler.    Brumby archive 2014

Parked nearby, we see the current Bahrein plate, in dark blue on white, with striped figures.      Brumby archive 2014

Parked nearby, we see the current Bahrain plate, in dark blue on white, with striped figures, 281422.      (You can double-click on images, to enlarge them.)                                               Brumby archive 2014

TRADE PLATES & TEMPORARY

21930  ..  Turquoise dealer plates are a common sight in Mutrah and Muscat.   The high number of this current, 2014 annual-issue seems odd.    Brumby archive

21930 .. Turquoise dealer plates are a common sight in Mutrah and Muscat. The number of this 2014 current, annual-issue seems rather high.       They are issued, re-dated, each year.              Brumby archive

Trade plates with a month number preceding the year are issued as temporary registrations - or were - as only this one, from 2013, was seen.    Perhaps the series is discontinued?    Vic Brumby archive

February 2013 interim/temporary  ..  Trade plates with a month number preceding the year are issued as temporary registrations – or were – as only this one, 422 from 2013, was seen. Perhaps the series is discontinued?                      Vic Brumby archive

GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS

Goverment ministries have great fleets of vehicles of every type.   From Ministry 31 comes reg.666.     Brumby archive

Government ministries have great fleets of vehicles of every type. From Ministry 31 comes reg.666.                                                Brumby archive

The Ministry Pulic Works registers some motorcycles for transport of gardeners to the far reaches of the towns, to the parks, highway verges and floral roundabouts.    Here an inspector checks on a Tamil labourer near the airport.     Brumby archive

The Ministry of Public Works (54) registers some motorcycles for transport of gardeners to the far reaches of the towns, to the parks, highway verges and floral roundabouts. Here an inspector checks on a Tamil labourer near the airport.                                                                                                 Brumby archive

4-167  ..   closer look at the Oman Ministry motorcycle variant.

54-1678 .. A closer look at the Oman Ministry of Public Works (54) motorcycle variant dimensions.

This Ministry plate could be the chief of department 366.  The script read OMAN.

This Ministry plate could be the Minister/Chief of department  no. 366.      The script reads MUSCAT.         All such are seen on mighty, new cars; the lucky fellows riding in the back  must all be very good at their jobs…….                             Brumby archive

THE ROYAL HOUSE

The Top Banana has a number of specially-plated grand cars, one of which we find parked, open to photography.       Brumby archive

The Very Top Banana has a number of specially-plated Very Grand Cars, one of which we find parked near the palace, un-manned, so open to photography.    Among the World’s most handsome plates??                          Brumby archive

The Sultan has two sorts of mates, to whom he hands slightly different plate designs, which seem to have replaced the former types shown in RPWO.    Brumby archive

VIP 900  ..  The Sultan seems to have two sorts of mates, to whom he hands slightly different VIP plate designs, which seem to have replaced the former types shown in RPWO.                                                                   Brumby archive

another close friend

Another sort of close friend or relative?                               Brumby archive 2014

THE HIRED HANDS

The staff of the palace and grounds are plated separately, too so that when the butler has to dash to the soukh to fetch tomato ketchup, he can park with impunity.      Brumby archive 2014.

The staff of the palace and grounds’ vehicles are plated separately, so that when the butler has to dash to the soukh to fetch more tomato ketchup, he can park with impunity.                                                             Brumby archive 2014.

1028  ..  Royal Household staff.

1028 .. Royal Household staff.

UNKNOWN TYPE

and another variant yet unidentified - and the only one seen.     Brumby archive 2014

8209  ..  another variant yet unidentified – and the only one seen.    Taken by subterfuge, under the gaze of officialdom.                Brumby archive 2014

The Palace Guard has a few light vehicles around the Big House, closely watched by soldiers, albeit cheerful, but zealous in their guardianship.     You have to join up to get a decent picture.    They have a system other than the regular army, using uo to 3 numbers, a shield and a symbol, in cream on a mid-brown field.     Brumby archive 2014

The Palace Guard has a few light vehicles around the Big House, closely watched by soldiers, albeit cheerful, but zealous in their guardianship.    You have to join the army to get a decent picture.        These chaps have a system other than the regular army, using up to 3 numbers, a shield and a symbol, in cream on a mid-brown field.                                         Brumby archive 2014

POLICE  (Handsome plates)

(OM 2001~)(pol)_6815_r_VB2014blog

(OM 2001~)(pol)_4550_cf_VB2014blog

The well-made insignia of the Omani police plates. Brumby archive

The well-made insignia of the Omani police plates.                   Brumby archive

The well-made insignia of the Omani police plates.  Brumby archive

The stencilled insignia of the Omani army plates.               Brumby archive 2014

(OM 2001~)(mil-army)_4999_c_VB2014blog

4999 .. Army Land-Rover.                                                         Brumby archive 2014

The Oman army insignia

The Oman navy insignia………

.....carried on light bus 437.      Brumby archive 2014

…..carried on light bus 437.                                               Brumby archive 2014

THE DIPLOMATS

Dip. plates have optional US or Euro dimensions, the differences seen here:  1 indicates an ambassador.

1/16  ..  Oman Dip. plates have optional US or Euro dimensions, the differences seen here and below: 1 indicates  an unknown embassy, favouring the 12×6-inch (?) yanqui measurements                         .                         Brumby archive 2014

Embassy 16 seems to be ROK Korea, as it was parked outside.

Embassy 16 seems to be ROK Korea, as it was parked outside their tent.                           Brumby archive 2014

Several 8-coded cars were parked outside the Saudi-Arabian embassy.

A United Nations car was seen, bearing identical black/white plates, but with U.N. in place of C.D.       In the ensuing chase, I neither got the picture nor noted the registration……..     But I did back in to a bollard during the turn-round, which lost me a few seconds, and quite a few rials when Europcar received it later for exchange.    Well – all hobbies cost something, don’t they?

ODD BODS

A roving Kuwaiti on Muscat.   The series number 6 is part of the batch 1-49 allocated to private vehicles and are always black on white.     Brumby archive 2014 Oman

A roving Kuwaiti in Muscat.    The series number 6 is part of the batch 1-49 allocated to private vehicles and which are always black on white.                              Brumby archive 2014 Oman

Export plates are normally seen OUTSIDE their country of issue, but this was a lucky find at the main port Al-Qaboos.

Export plates are normally seen OUTSIDE their country of issue, but this was a lucky find at the main port Al-Qaboos.

(OM 2001)(exp2014)_519_r_VB2014blog

HISTORIC OMAN.

From inception (year unknown) Muscat and Oman, as it then, had owner-supplied plates, usually painted, with an arabic serial number over the arabic  'Oman'. ThIs Land Rover travelled out-of-state to be photographed in London during 1964. There were few roads and very few vehicles. It's British re-registration has YU for London and a number between 10 and 99 usually indicated a used-import re-registration.    Brumby archive 1964

From inception in Trucial Oman (year unknown) Muscat and Oman, as  it became, had owner-supplied plates, usually painted, with an arabic serial number over the arabic ‘Oman’.     This  lwb Land Rover travelled out-of-state to be photographed in London during 1964, and had to mount a white  translation plate for that purpose.   The low number 667  illustrates the absence of proper roads and the very few vehicles.     It’s 1960s (C) British re-registration is coded YU for London and a number between 10 and 99 usually indicated a used-import re-registration.                                  Brumby archive 1964

464  ..  A similar M&O plate from the Bernt Larsson archive 1960s

464 .. A similar M&O plate from the        Bernt Larsson archive 1960s

The only sand-cast Omani plate recorded is part of the World Collection of Mister Music, Jim Fox.   Also from the 50s-72 original series.

336  ..  The only sand-cast Omani plate recorded is part of the World Collection of Mister Music, Jim Fox.     This is also from the 1950s-circa 1972 original series.

From the 1970s until 1986, the few vehicles in Oman carried black on yellow plates for private and white on black for commercial usage.    Brumby plate 1973

From the 1970s until 1986, the few vehicles in Oman carried officially- pressed black on yellow plates for private – and white on black for commercial usage.       And not very well painted……….                           Brumby plate 1973

12814  ..  Seen in Britain in the 1970s is an on-car shot of the circa 1970 private series, from the Terry Gray archive

12814 .. Seen in Britain in the late 1970s is an on-car shot of the circa-1972-1986 private series, from the                       Terry Gray archive

(OM 70s-86)(comv)_15537_cu_VBplblog

1970s-86 commercial vehicle, using white on black pressed, thin alloy plates. Brumby plate c1980.

MORE ODDMENTS:

The odd Saudi is seen in Oman, via a magnificent cross-desert motorway to the border.

BLD 3252  ..  The odd Saudi is seen in Oman, via a magnificent cross-desert motorway to the border…………                                Brumby archive 2014

(KSA 2007~)_BLD 3252_VB2014blog

and mixed UAE plates, including exports.    Brumby archive 2014.

……..and mixed UAE plates, including exports.                Brumby archive 2014.

(UAE)(Sh 2014)(exp)_85019_cu_VB2014blog

Finally, Dubai sent over a couple of plates, to improve the set    Brumby archive 2014

Finally, Dubai sent over a couple of plates, to improve the set.    The dating seems to give expiry at March 2nd. – but which year, Cedric??                   Brumby archive 2014

(UAE)(Dub 04~)_N 27443__VB2014blog

N 27443  ..  The current Dubai 2004 series is not very thrilling, in my view, partly due to the dreary font they chose – a bit like the font which Sweden introduced, then withdrew, through lack of interest!         Brumby archive 2014

SO – Oman’s worth a visit…………………..

Now on to Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia)

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Terry Gray’s slides come to life

August 18, 2013

There will be a fuller account of the great period shots gathered by early founder-member  Gray, when time permits.     For now, just relish a few picked at random from his newly-digitalised photo transparency slides.

A mini-Moke in London in the 1960s with the ultra-rare pre-Belize series for British Honduras.   C=Corozal.    AND a BH oval, properly manufactured by the RAC.   Bet they didn't sellmany of them!    Gray archive.

A Mini-Moke in London in the 1960s with the ultra-rare pre-Belize series for British Honduras. C=Corozal.      AND with a BH oval, properly manufactured by the RAC.     Bet they didn’t sell many of them!                        Gray archive.

(BZ 65-73)(BH5)_C-4682_cu_TG2

Soon after the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was launched about 1968, this Bahrein emir brought his new car to London.    Gray archive

Soon after the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was launched about 1968, this Bahreini emir brought his new car to London. Gray archive

A Venezuelan export plate seen in London in circa 1969.   Gray archive.

YV – 105    A blue Venezuelan export plate seen in London in circa 1969. Gray archive.

A batch of new buses passed Kettering in the late1960s in transit to the docks and their passage to Nigeria.    Already plated for use in Lagos, and using a green background not usually associated with WAN plates.    Gray Archive

WAN Nigeria – LU 7416.    A batch of new  Willowbrook-bodied Leyland Comet buses passed through Kettering in the late 1960s in transit to London docks and their sea-passage to Nigeria.     Already plated for use with the Lagos City Transport Service, and using a green background not usually associated with WAN plates, they were running on Leicestershire AY trade plates.       (NOT Alderney!)            Gray Archive 1968c

Y-20006, a Vauxhall Viva estate car from  the British embassy in Saigon during the 1970s.     See in England, carrying an unofficial 'oval' of (VTN).   I seems that the car had previously been posted in Budapest with its diplomat owner.     Gray archive

Y+20006, a Vauxhall Viva estate car from the British (definite) embassy in Saigon  during the 1970s.     Photo’d in England in 1976, carrying an unofficial ‘oval’ of (VTN). it seems that the car could have previously been posted in Budapest with its diplomat owner.   (See postscript 29 Sep.2013)       Gray archive

P.S.   I now learn from Ivan Thornley that the Vietnamese Vauxhall Y 20006 had not previously been registered in Hungary (H), but in Ethiopia (ETH)!     The owner had not finished removing his home-made IRC stickers.     (Those would have been fine plates to see on-car………)

Here another GB embassy plate, this time on a Land Rover in Saigon, 1970s.  Brumby archive

Y+00137   Here’s another VN GB embassy plate, this time on a Land Rover in Saigon, 1970s.     Brumby archive

Mowqati 673, and Afghan Foreigner (M and green) on a Mercedes 190 in Britain did not escape TG's eye or camera.      A very rare sight indeed.  Gray archive

Mowqati 673, an Afghan Foreigner (M and green) from Kabul ,on a Mercedes 190 in Britain did not escape TG’s eye or camera.    A very rare sight indeed.        The overseas-issued Automobile Association badge is of interest, but the country of origin crest is illegible.     Gray archive c.1972

Aden was a moderately-frequent 'spot' in the 1960s, due to the commercial and military establishments in that then-British colony.     After the India-issued ADN series were changed in the 1950s, L, M, and N became the serials used in the Aden Colony.    Independence and the amalgamation with South Yemen closed down sightings and info from that hot zone, for many years after.    The car is a French Renault Floride, seen in GB.     Gray archive.

L 8829 ADEN     Aden was a moderately-frequent ‘spot’ in the 1960s, due to the active commercial and military establishments in that then-British colony.    Aden was administered from British India from the 1910s and employed the BI system, with code ADN.    Under later colonial administration, it changed in the 1950s, first to the prefix 2ADN, when, reaching 9999 again, L, then and N became the leading letters used in the Aden Colony.   (No-one knows why those letters were chosen).    Independence and the later amalgamation with South Yemen closed down sightings and info from that hot zone, for many years after. The car is a French Renault Floride, seen in GB.       Gray archive.

(A)(exp73)_G90.803_TG1973

AUSTRIA FOREIGN RESIDENT/EXPORT SERIES.      Graz is the registration area for this German-built Ford Taunus 17M, photo’d in Austria in 1973 before leaving for its ultimate export destination.     Most European countries offered a facility to purchasers from abroad, to collect their new European car, tax-free, from factory or dealer, to tour Europe for up to 6 months and then return it to the supplier for shipment to their country of origin – or even drive it home themselves.     With their acquired mileage they could be imported to their home countries as second-hand cars, so that their local import duties would be lower.      Tens, if not hundreds  of thousands of vehicles were supplied under these tax-free schemes.        Gray archive.

May 2014 q.           Can anyone say whether this Austrian series was used both for export and for identifying foreigners who came to live in Austria for extended periods, perhaps even with tax-free status?    There have always been too many of them around to be only for vehicles awaiting export, it seems……..

2015  — marcellotaverna@alice.it writes:    The blue plates with a red dated band are called “temporary registration marks” and they are issued, on request, to “anyone not having his main residence, or legal seat or main facilities in Austria, upon exhibition of the required documents….”. Further “if the vehicle comes from abroad, a valid foreign approval document will be accepted”   It seems that these plates are issued to foreign persons or companies, both for export or for temporary import.

 

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Some additions at Sept. 29th. – notes to add later

(AND 60-80)(exp75)_MT-6282_TG1975

MT-6282  —  Andorra’s duty-free foreigner export series valid to 1975.     MT =  ‘Temporary Matriculation’.                                   Gray archive 1974

(B 58-07)(BfinD)_B.665.P_TG
This Belgian Forces in Germany car has replaced the official white on red plate with a home-made one. B.665.P.                                                            Gray archive, pictured in Germany circa 1974

(B 75-00)(Eur)_EUR 2514_TG

White plates were issued to privileged Party members in pre-democratic Bulgaria.    This fortunate citizen had a modern car and was allowed a passport to travel to Monte Carlo, where this picture was taken

Sf 38-16  —  White plates were issued to privileged Party members in pre-democratic Bulgaria.     This fortunate citizen had a  Sofia-registered Renault Dauphine and was allowed a passport to travel to Monte Carlo, where this picture was taken by member Terry Gray in the 1960s.   The series used the Cyrillic alphabet and  ran from 1958-85.

(CH)_ZH_300 723_TG

ZH 300 723     This is a puzzler.    A rear Swiss plate with no canton shields?    And in a poor (un-Swiss) condition.        And mounted in an odd place.      Was it perhaps a trade plate of the period (1960s) Any help, readers?    Gray archive  (silence May 2014!  Help!)

(BG)(tempimp)_XX 110_TG (BG)(transit)_095-912_TG (CAM 60-91)(cc)_IT 9175 CC_f_TG1970s (CB 30s-58)_C 23938_TG (CDN)(CdnfinEur)_5245_TG (CO 67-74)_C-07-87_r_TG1968

Remarkably, this MGB came to live in London for about a year in 1969, and remains the first and only sighting ever of a Colombian plate in England by Europlate.   Members Brumby, Thornley, Gray and Pemberton all reported it separately!   This is the 1967-74 series.(CS 66-85)_ABA-32-73_TG (D)(GBfinD)(mc)_JM 844 B_TG (DK)(dlr)_41 112_f_TG (DY 72-76)(cd)_IT 837 DY-CD_r2_TG (E 22-72)(ME)_ML-4037_TG (E 27-69)(EqG)(FP1)_FP-3721_c_TG (E 27-69)(SH)(Ifni)_IF-556_TG1960s (E 27-80s)(EqG)_RM 6018_TG (E 60s-70s)(prov)_B-702.548_c_TG (E 60s-70s)(prov.dlr)_GE-1.000.447_cu_TG (E 60s-70s)(prov.dlr)_GE-1.000.447_TG.

More Gray photos to follow………….and

if YOU have prints or slides of early or rare plates which you would like scanned for your own use and for the pleasure of other members’ viewing, write or email to Victor Brumby (vicbrumby@gmail.com) – or make a comment in the  Comments Box at the foot of this page.

And a quiz answer from a previous Post:

Which of needs THIS identifying?

Well – which of us needs THIS identifying?

YOU do?   Try French West Africa......     VB archive

YOU do? Try French West Africa…… VB archive                                                                      Francoplaque’s  Jean-Emmanuel  is quite correct with his answer of  SENEGAL, until 1960 French West Africa/Afrique Occidentale Francaise) (AOF) .   The Citroen 2cv is from area 1 (Cap Vert (Dakar, capital city)) and the letter C is a serial letter, issued before independence in 1960, after which the letter ‘S’ was inserted  before the area number  (e.g. 0132 S 1 .C)                  Fascinating to think that, had the car travelled outside Senegal in those times, it would have carries the unseen(?) AOF international oval.   The photo is by non-member Murray Bailey in about 1973, in Dakar.          In the background, in a sad state, is a French-registered Citroen Light Fifteen Traction Avant, still carrying its French plates 505 MS 38 (from Isere).

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Middle East when it was OK

February 3, 2013

John Pemberton found a few sandhoppers in London in the 1940s, one of the most interesting of which was this 1948 Morris Oxford registered in Israel, a country which had only just started registering its own vehicles after the British Mandated presence there came to an end in 1948.

1948-55 series of first Independent Israel plates used a number followed by a regional code, in this case, that for Haifa.    Taken in a London Park, in 1949-50.

944 H  —  The 1948-55 first-series of newly-Independent Israel plates used black-on-white numbers followed by a regional code letter, in this case, that for Haifa. Taken in London’s Hyde Park, in 1949-50, on a new Wolseley 4/50 or 6/80 (thanks, Mike Parry – we had it as a Morris Oxford MO).    Both Wolseley models (4-cylinder and 6-cylinder) were built from 1948-56..                               Pemberton archive

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Oil exploration was well under way in the 1940s and it was probably that business which took these cars  to the Middle East and then home again, when the owners’ tours of duty were ended.     First, below, a 1948  Hillman Minx Mark 3 with clearly painted plates:

IRAQ – Kirkuk

Iradi Hillman from Kirkuk oilfields area.  Pemberton archive.

KK 1420.  Iraqi Hillman MInx from Kirkuk oilfields area.   Seen in Britain early 50s.     Pemberton archive.

IRAQ – Baghdad

Maybe a Bentley, BD 7084, at Brighton Marine Drive during 1940.   Pemberton archive

Maybe a Bentley, BD 7084, at Brighton Marine Drive during the 1940s.   Iraqi plates of this period could be either black or red, and b/w photos don’t help us to decide which!                          Pemberton archive c.1940

Iraqi vehicles travelling outside the country should have carried translation plates or be made to carry ‘Q’ temporary import plates when they visited Europe and Britain.   The above cars slipped in ‘under the radar’, it  seems, but the car which carried  KK 2460 was correctly prepared for its trip, via its translation/out-of-state  plate.   The vehicle ended in a scrapyard in Amersham in 1973, where this plate was salvaged by EU38!  (Below)

Kirkuk 2460, probably a plate of the late 1950s, with translation for use outside Iraq.   Brumby archive)

Kirkuk 2460, probably a plate of the late 1950s, with its translation for use outside Iraq.    Brumby archive

BAHRAIN

Below:   Re-imported to London in December 1950 from Bahrain,  this 1947 Vanguard LXK 90 was allocated a registration from the London batches of 10 to 99, which were retained for the re-registration of used imports. Unusually, this owner chose not to dismount his original Bahrein 495 numberplate – strictly not legal, but its suits us!

(The London batches from 1-9 were then generally held for diplomats and privileged citizens.)

Standard Vanguard Phase 1 built 1947-53.  This one has served in Bahrain and returned to Britain to use LXV 90 plates.

495  —  Standard Vanguard Phase 1, model built 1947-53.     This one had served in Bahrain and returned to Britain in 1950 to carry LXK 90 plates.     Pemberton archive.

Below;   About 13 years later, a Bahrain Mini was parked for a photo-opportunity.

Bahraini Austin Seven 'Mini' 11002 in Notting Hill, London in 1962. Brumby archive

Bahraini Austin Seven ‘Mini’ 11002 in Notting Hill, London in 1962.    The arabic script for ‘Bahrain’ was not usually shown in this period and it is odd that many such cars were permitted to run in Britain with these arabic-only plates, when really, they should have been given ‘Q’ temporary import plates at the UK port of entry…….          Brumby archive

Some Bahrein royal household plates were occasionally seen in London in those times, sometimes with modest cars……

A  c.1960 Austin A55 Cambridge with the serrated red and white plates of the Bahrain 'royal household'  members. Early 1960s - reg. 12405. Brumby archive.

A circa 1960 Austin A55 Cambridge 12405, with the serrated red and white plates of the Bahrain ‘royal household’  members.            Brumby archive.

….and sometimes with the grandes voitures which would become the hallmark of Gulf visitors in later years……

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facel_Vega_Facel_II

A French Facel-Vega supercar in London during the 1960s, bearing 'royal house' red/silver die-cast plates, with a minor error of spelling!Vic Brumby archive

644  —  A French Facel-Vega ‘Facel 2’  supercar in London during the 1960s, bearing ‘royal house’ red/silver die-cast plates – with a minor error of spelling!    Only 180 of this car were made, in their 2 years of production 1962-4
Vic Brumby archive