September 16, 2015

The Europlate VW collection continues to grow, as members and friends fill the gaps in the missing countries.

Unknown Doris Nieh went snapping for our pleasure in these later years……

Volkswagen photo 1959 Doris Nieh-1

70 104 .. 104=USA embassy, Lebanon Diplomatic.     The music-mistress on the hoarding must have an obedient class……..

70 104

Birma 1959 Volkswagen photo 1959 Doris Nieh

D 8308  —  1959 Burma via Doris Nieh

GR private 1956-59 89542 2 Volkswagen photo 1959 Doris Nieh

A 56 89542  —  1959 Greece (Athens) via Doris Nieh.     IX = Idiotikos Chrisis (Private use)

RL 51945 1959 Volkswagen photo 1959 Doris Nieh

51945  —  Background Beirutis 1959

HKJ 1959 Volkswagen photo 1959 Doris Nieh

12632  —  1959 Jordan

ET prive C 12716 Volkswagen photo 1959 Doris Nieh

Privé C 12716  –  1959 Cairo, private vehicle (white on black)

IND 1959 Volkswagen photo 1959 Doris Nieh-1

WBC 7457  —  1969 West Bengal. VW Kombi/Microbus by Doris Nieh – a good spotter!

J 5 9533 1959 Volkswagen photo 1959 Doris Nieh

1969 Japan .   1955-62 series.    5=four-wheeled cars between 660-2000cc for Private Use.  Green on white.


I wonder where Doris went for her holidays in 1970 and on??

A Little More Pemberton

November 13, 2013

The things John Pemberton saw in the 1940s and 1950s!     (We MAY have shown some of these in earlier Pemberton Posts…..)

OK for the reader to make the identifications?

A prompt response from Richard Mathers (EU871) is given in COMMENTS below

(F)(SN)(AOF)_7081 1.A_JPvb

7081 1.A   –   It is particularly odd that a British car – an Austin A40 Devon – should have been seen on French West Africa plates, as all French overseas territories were strongly wedded to cars and lorries of French manufacture.        Senegal became independent of France in 1960; this photo is estimated to have been taken in Britain during 1953, when the international identification letters for the whole territory were AOF – Afrique Occidentale Francaise. Our Austin boasts only a modest ‘F’.   Another oddity is the light background and dark digits of the plate, when normal plates were simple white on black.      At independence, a preceding ‘S’ was added to the zero or 1 codes which marked the Senegalese sector of AOF – where 1 represented Dakar.    (7081 S1.A)       Pemberton archive.

(CL 1947-8)_CY 3533_JP1951c

Ceylon‘s 1947-8 code CY adorns this American Mercury? Eight, photo’d in London, possibly in 1952.          NOTE: The CL international oval is of the large 300mm x 180mm (12 x 4.75″) specification, as determined by the early Conventions.            Pemberton archive



(EAT)_DSD 770_JPvb

DSD 770 – The Peugeot 203 was produced from 1948 to 1960.    DS = Dar-es-Salaam, the capital of Tanganyika, issued suffix D from Sept. 1950 to Jan. 1952.   Photographed in London in the early 1950s for the  Pemberton archive.         Note the unique style employed by the British East African territories of Tanganyika, Kenya and Uganda, in the use of brackets round the code letter for each of the three administrations – EA(T), (K) and (U)….    (Nyasaland is said to have been allocated EAN, but  there is no evidence of its use – unless YOU have a photo!)

(NP)_BT 2999_JPc1937

BT 2999 – 1930s Hillman Minx from Blantyre, Nyasaland.   Also using the massive 12″ I.I.P.            Pemberton 1940s archive

(ET2)(13-c56)_C 4463_JP1938vb

C Privé 4463 on a heavy US anonymous machine.    Is it a Packard??   From the 1913-1956 series, with C for Cairo.      Pemberton archive.

(GR)(cd)_DS 277 CD_JP1950s

DS 277 CD – Greek Diplomatic series from 1930s-1952 on a circa 1949 Morris Oxford in Oxford in 1950.       The DS, here translated from the Greek, abbreviates Diplomatikos Soma – or Diplomatic Body.   Though ‘CD’ was internationally accepted, there were no French usages in the home of Homer!       Pemberton archive

(IR)(oos)_T 26 4595_JP1947

T/26 4595  –  The Farsi/Dari area code letter and validity year/serial numerals of the Persian plates were changed to western characters only if the vehicle was to leave the country. This 26-dated T-Teheran out-of-state plate refers to the Persian year 1326, corresponding to our Gregorian calendar year which was from March 1947-March 1948.       The US car model is unidentified, the shot taken somewhere in England in 1948/9.      Pemberton archive

(IR)(oos)_T 26 4595_cu_JP1947


The red and white Flag plates of the Kuwaiti royal household, shot in London by John Pemberton on Aug. 6, 1956.    Plate 50 on a Cadillac

(MOC)_LM 7667_JPvb

LM 7667  –  Mozambique – Lorenzo Marques, which could have used the MOC oval, but was only seen with Portugal’s  P.         A Dodge Fluid-Drive, made from 1947-9, seen in London about 1950, before the dash separators became  standard for Portugal and its overseas possessions.          Pemberton archive c1950

Greece in the 1950s

February 2, 2013

Young Pemberton collared two odd Greeks on celluloid, during his forays into the capital during the days of rationing.    A 1950s American Buick Eight convertible  parked in Upper Regent Street in London bears a baffling, plain,  T 38  plate, unlike anything we know.   John  was certain it was Greek.

Was it a Thessaloniki Port tourist entry plate?

May 31, 2019   Yes – this transpired to be just that, and our Stoel albums provided another example from the same period – T 62, carried by a 1949-ish Hillman Minx.

Any ideas about this 'Greek'?

Any ideas about this ‘Greek’?                JP archive  

May 31, 2019   Yes – this transpired to be just that, and our Stoel albums provided another example from the same period – T 62, carried by a 1949-ish Hillman Minx.

(GR)(timp 14-54)_T 62_r_HillmanMinx.plKS(GR)(timp 14-54)_T 62_f_HillmanMinx.plKS

Well – there’s another series we had not known of!     Thessalonika Temporary Importation registration, free of duty.



A Morris Oxford MO was the choice of transport for this 1940’s-era British diplomat in Athens, seen on leave in UK.     Embassies were not coded in those times.

CD 277 on leave from Athens. in Britain, circa 1949-50.

CD 277 on leave from Athens. in Britain, circa 1949-50. Pemberton archive


Below; Not many years later, in about 1958, the rare Greek diplomatic was photographed in Earls Court by VB.    Also on a Morris Oxford, but the later, Farina-designed 1960s version.

A Farina-designed Morris Oxford from Athens embassy, in about 1958. VB archive.

A Farina-designed Morris Oxford from GB Athens embassy, in about 1958.           VB archive.

The 56 on these plates gave the year of their first issue only.   56 continued to be issued until they were replaced in 1969 with similar (green) plates, but now showing ‘69‘.   This ran until about 2011, still marked ‘69‘!    So the date meant nothing.

The DS transliteration of the Greek dip. plates abbreviates ‘Diplomatikos Somos‘ or ‘Diplomatic Body‘.   Greeks are not keen to use Latin-based words (Corps), when they have their own, older language!

At last, an attractive new turquoise plate design has replaced the 1969 series:

The latest Greek CD.

The latest Greek CD.