Feb-2018 Stoel albums progress – Wolseley Worldwide

February 15, 2018

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The Europlate photo archive* comprises the photo collections of Members who have kindly offered their  now-historic (pre-1975-ish) pictures for the others to enjoy.    Press cuttings, b/w and colour photos and transparencies (slides) are all included in the sources.   The amalgamation of several collections has helped to identify plates previously uncatalogued, and even to discover new series.   A handful of countries remain to be completed, as time permits.

All Europlate members can find the entire Archive to date, which is supplemented every day by extra pictures and by added or corrected details, at thisaddress, current 16th. Feb. 2018:

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http://bit.ly/europlate2

 

Many of the photos in Members’ albums were principally taken to record  number-plates, but they also include background items of interest to other collectors, travellers and to old vehicle buffs, and a few such images follow in this chapter, which shows Wolseley cars around the world..

In a world now dominated by Japanese brands, it is interesting to look back on the earlier days of motoring, when British, American and European makers fulfilled the global demand for transport.    Then, in later post-WW2 years, dozens of once-famous marques ceased production and the New Asia became the bulk motor-builders, leaving only a handful of famous makes in the fields of specialist and luxury vehicles manufacture  to the ‘Old World’.

WOLSELEY was a high-quality British maker from the turn of the 20th century.   The marque was used by senior administrators of Empire, as witness this picture below of a gold Wolseley 25hp Mk.3 ‘Silent Six’ convertible carrying Governor Lt.-Grn. Northcott on a tour of Sydney circa 1938.

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(AUS)(NSW gv 40s)_CROWN_Wolseley S3 Super6-25hp dhc.vbAUS042534KS

and, above, on another occasion, showing the massive Lucas P100 headlights as fitted to many grand cars of the period.                (Europlate archive)

Below, a saloon model of the 14/56 owned by 1935-41 C-in-C New Delhi, circa 1937, sporting a privileged number  D 9.                          (Europlate archive)

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(BI – 1900-1947)
Below:
   A 25hp Wolseley on Dealer* number-plates 131 Z in late 1930s British India.   *Trade plates are thought to have been red on white.                           (Europlate archive)

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(IND – 1947-68)

Above – Morris Motors amalgamated with Wolseley in the 1930s and that union spawned the mighty Morris 25-6, which a casual observer would surely take for a Wolseley 25.     This 1930s chauffeur-driven Morris example MDN 66 was photographed in the Nilgiris tea-country at Ootacamund, Madras State, in 1968, as the mem-sahib went about her shopping.   The c.1936-ish car has been re-registered in to the c.1947-68 series.         (MDN = Madras State, Nilgiris region.)                        (Brumby archive)

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(NZ)  L 10459  —  Unusually, this Morris 25 above, in New Zealand, was bodied as a van.   Registered (L) as a Light commercial, the 1956-61 plate series was white on mid-brown, L 10459.                           (Courtesy Helen MacFarlane)

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Above:    The 1938-41 and 1945-48 Wolseley 18/85 model found an export market in Uruguay, where Montevideo-registered 48-701 in white-on-black was seen alongside a Riley RMA 1.5 litre saloon 54-886.        (Photo c.1949, via Karel Stoel-Europlate archive)

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Above – Another Wolseley 18/85 in South America is this Argentine example, registered in 1951 Neuquen state, Lajas City.    The car would have probably have been from the 1945-48 post-war batch.   Plate 14 51 750.      (Europlate archive)

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Above  —  Carrying no plates, but the British Crown, this 1957 shot depicts the Wolseley 6/90 of the long-serving Governor of New South Wales.    Northcott served in that capacity from 1946 to 1957, being the first Australian to hold the post. (Europlate archive)

 

 

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(AUS SA 1930-66)  —  Another Aussie plate above, and with a privileged, low number SA 357, given to the Governor of South Australia, Sir Willoughby Norrie, for his Wolseley Six-Ninety.     This S/A series duration was 1930-66, this photo being circa 1957.    (Europlate archive)

 

 

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Above – Back in Britain, a new 6/90 Wolseley model meets its new owners, and is handed over by William Morris himself, by now a peer of the realm.   Jan 1958 Hertfordshire (county-registered   4 CAR.    (Europlate archive)

 

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This Wolseley 4/44 captured in a shed in the Northern Territory of Australia in early 1966, has always been a poser, because the L-prefix was for Lorries, not cars!               Any ideas?     White on black L 3531.                       (Brumby archive)

 

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AboveThe James Hall Museum of Transport in Johannesburg Motor  Museum http://www.jhmt.org.za/   is an unmissable visit when in that city.

One exhibit is a rather jaded Wolseley 4/44, NPS 4422, from (former) Natal-Port Shepstone,  which keeps company with a Phase 2 Standard Vanguard, TJ 4390, from Transvaal-Johannesburg.   The white on black plates are from the 1914-71 series, both issued in the early 1950s.               (Brumby archive)

 

 

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(NZ – 1963-86)   DV 5573 is a Wolseley 6/99 in New Zealand c.2000.     (Brumby archive)

 

 

16-2-2018  POST SCRIPT – New Finds.     Can you identify them all?

Details now entered – 27/4/2018

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General MacArthur car  Sydney 1940s

 

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(NZ – 1963-86)   BS 6496 – Wolseley 6/99

 

 

Wolseley 1560, NZ VB2003

(NZ – 1963-86)  AL 276  —  A Wolseley 15/68 serves in New Zealand    (Brumby archive)

 

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(ET  – 1913 – c.56)  C 940  —  Cairo-registered Wolseley Hornet uses a cast-alloy plate, with the registration centre code C in red.  Taken in the mid-1930s.       (Brumby archive)

 

 

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(CL – 1928-40)  Z 84  —  Another Wolseley-derived Morris 25?    Note the Ceylon AA badge, now a rarity.    Z 84 is thought to be preserved in Sri Lanka by an active motor club.

 

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MORE BEETLES DU MONDE

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??


African Oddities

November 22, 2013

African checkout

A recent run round southern, central and northern Africa unearthed a few unexpected plate sightings, which Bloggers may like to share.     A car-park in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga (formerly Northern Transvaal) presented the remarkable photo opportunity to compare the latest Mozambique plate with the current MP local plate.     The background colours of the MOC Maputo Province help to identify them from the mainly black on white South African MP series – but remembering that the two places share a national border, it does seem odd that such similar formats were adopted.

Mpumulanga at left and Mozambique (Maputo Province to the right.

MP and MP  –  Mpumulanga at left and Mozambique (Maputo Province) to the right.

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The ZANZIBAR Post from this trip  is already up on the Blog and the ETHIOPIAN page will come shortly.

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BELOW:  Non. 2013.    Just leaving Zanzibar for Ethiopia, I glimpsed a new Range Rover parked off-road  in a secure compound, carrying a quite new plate type,     T 312 CCI  .    Unusually, the guards on the gate  didn’t display the usual paranoia and let me slip in to get a shot.    Later, The Venerable Neil found a Google reference to CCI  under  http://www.homeless-international.org, which seems to pin this hundred-thousand-dollar car to a homeless persons’ charity in Tanzania.     Nice design, anyway.

T 312 CCI  -  Identified by Neil Parker and Google, as an NGO in Tanganyika.

T 312 CCI – Identified by Neil Parker and Google, as an NGO in Tanganyika.

ETHIOPIA

One of the first oddities seen in Addis Ababa – and not surrounded by spooks – was this military vehicle with a good condition plate.

Ethiopian Defence Force 2013

Ethiopian Defence Force 2013

At the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie, now the University Ethnological museum in Addis, was a photo of his 1940s Ford V-8 convertible, on Harar plates.    A rotten shot of an old photo, but a rare image of an Abyssinian plate of the period – and from a jurisdiction other than  the capital.

HA 14ll - The characteristic font of early Ethiopian plates.....

HA 1411 – The characteristic font of early Ethiopian plates…..

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BELOW:    This was a costly shot.     A plate seen up a side-street,  from the corner of my eye, through the vibrating window of my 17th.-century LADA taxi,  I commanded my driver to stop for a photo-opportunity, believing it to be a Saudi plate in Addis Ababa.    Up-close, the delight at identifying my first current-system Sudani was unbounded!

However, a bod in a dish-dash thought there might be a security issue with a western pensioner flashing his camera at a parked car, and with many a warning in Amharic (which is not a strong card in my pack of languages) and much waving of his night-stick, he did all he could to obstruct my photo-capture.       Within a few minutes, the local police force was upon me, sporting their side arms and arresting both myself and my poor cab-driver, who had come over to try to spring me.

Frog-marched a kilometre or so across some open waste ground  we reached the police station, a few ramshackle tents with an open fire for the ubiquitous Ethiopian coffee pot.   Officers of ever-increasing rank were brought to judge me and my ridiculous story and none were convinced of the innocence of our noble pursuit, although they couldn’t quite see what we might be up to.   Eventually, in a fit of diplomatic legerdemain, I presented them with an opportunity to release us without loss of face – or  paying the usual dash which overcomes all in most places.    I can’t remember how.

Here, then, for your amusement, is the result of that hour’s investment in time and fear.    (Noting that the ‘4’ is the 100,000’s prefix to the serial no. 22477, making this Khartoum car 422477, isn’t it unbelievable that this poorest of all countries should have registered so many cars in the four years this series has been extant?  Over a hundred-thousand a year!!!!)

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Meanwhile, other snippets from recent times and varied sources:

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Mowqati’ 673KBL  –  (temporary/foreigner) in Afghanistan between 1974 and 2004.   Among the users of this plate type, were non-diplomatic embassy staff.       Note this Merc 180, seen in UK, sports an overseas AA badge, once a frequent sighting on used imports to GB.        Terry Gray archive.

Here is a typical overseas British Automobile Association radiator badge of the type created for all or most of the Commonwealth countries.

Here is a typical overseas British Automobile Association radiator badge of the type created for all or most of the Commonwealth countries.   These make a good collector’s subject.     Brumby archive

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The new dip. through the windscreen in Belgium during September 2013.      Brumby archive

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Mike Oldham saw this Tamil Nadu in Cyprus during October 2013!!!

Someone important in Malaya.

United Nations in Afghanistan, but identical to other theatres of operation, too.

UN 00438  –  United Nations in Afghanistan, but identical to other theatres of UN operation, too……..     Brumby archive

here's a pretty similar UN in Sudan...

UN 334  –  ……..here’s a pretty similar UN in Sudan…

Historic corner

This Austin A35 circa 1960, hails from Northern Rhodesia.   L and 3 numbers in the GB style could just as easily come from Aden or Cyprus, or Fiji or Labuan.....

L 219  –  This Austin A30 circa 1958, hails from Livingstone, then Northern Rhodesia and now Zambia.      In the 1950s,  L and 3 numbers in this GB style could just as easily have come from Aden or Cyprus, or Fiji or Labuan!

For example:

Another Austin, an A40 model, retired to an outdoor museum in Kota Kinabual, Sabah, but sporting 1960s plates from Labuan Island.

Another Austin, an A40 model, retired to an outdoor museum in Kota Kinabulu, Sabah, but sporting 1960s plates from Labuan Island.

Four numbers this time, but three were issued in Aden Colony in the 1960s.

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A Keith Marvin Aden  image from his 1960 book, 'License (sic) Plates of the World' - possibly the first volume dedicated to xeno-autonumerology!

A Keith Marvin Aden image from his 1963 *book, ‘License (sic) Plates of the World’ – possibly the first volume dedicated to xeno-autonumerology!

Ah – AND Turkish Northern Cyprus (still current)

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Keith Marvin's rare book, which brought mant worldwide collectors to each others notice, and helped to form associations.

 *Keith Marvin’s rare book, which brought many worldwide collectors to each other’s notice, which in turn,  helped to form long-standing associations.   A famed and very prolific writer on automobilia in the US, he died only about 2011, aged over 90.

AUF WIEDERSEHEN……….


Aden’s Indian period.

April 4, 2013

1914-37  – Aden was originally administered by the Bombay Presidency as a dependency of  British India.     The style of the mainland India plates was for smaller area code-letters, than the serial numbers.     Here is rare evidence of Aden’s Indian plate background on Aden 1238.       These cars would have travelled outside Aden carrying   ‘BI‘  international ovals!

 

A 1920s picture of transport old and new. It is JUST possible to read the small ADN.

A 1920s picture of transport old and new. It is JUST possible to read the small ADN letters.

A

car 3758 lies in ruins after a local spat, circa 1951

Triumph Mayflower car 3748 lies in ruins after a local spat, circa 1951.  Note the high serial number even then….   

 

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Resumé of postwar period spotting

February 21, 2013

Before the era of worldwide car hire and  aeroplane travel – one might say, before 1965 – people travelled between continents by passenger liners and cargo boats.      Car ownership was  limited to wealthy and  to important people, and factory production was slow as the world’s economies, with limited supplies of steel, glass, lubricants and rubber, began to recover from the vast cost of WW2.    It was due to the steel shortage that many post-war British cars had body panels made in aluminium, a material still  in good supply, but no longer wanted by the war machine for aircraft production.      That serendipitous circumstance was to become an important reason for the 60 years of  success of the Land Rover, the body of which would not rust on the beaches of the Cook Islands…..

Insufficient spae to mount this plate horizontally led the owner to use his imagination!    Brumby archive

Insufficient space to mount this plate horizontally led the owner to use his imagination!    Raratonga MN 9713.             Brumby archive

…..or the sweltering jungles of Malaysia….

W is the code for the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, seen in Kedah.

W is the code for the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, seen in Kedah.

For a long period after peace was declared, a second-hand vehicle would sell for more than a new one, as any new  products were built purely for the export markets, so as to earn foreign currency.     Only  a  few, privileged,  UK-based, professional people were allowed to buy new cars, for work of national importance, such as doctors, farmers and mobile engineers.       A trick used by the rich, was to travel to another country, including to the US and Canada, and to buy a new car there, under their local export scheme!

In this era, of the 1940-1960s,  many technical, administrative and educational personnel were sent  to distant parts of the globe  to perform work on behalf of  the allied governments, which needed to rebuild and modernise  their territories overseas as well as their domestic infrastructures.       When those people travelled, they were entitled to buy a car to take with them, as this would count as an export sale; of course, no spare vehicles would have been available for them to buy in the countries for which they were bound.

France marked these duty-free export cars with the special, red, Temporary Transit plates…….

On its way to the Central African Republic, 9 TT 10 first enjoys a drive along the Promenade des Anglais in 1964 Nice.          Brumby archive

1964. On its way to the Central African Republic, an American sedan export-registered  9 TT 10 first enjoys a drive along the Promenade des Anglais in  Nice.      Brumby archive

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……….Germany by their unique oval Zoll (Customs) plates…………

A new Beetle destined for eventual export to Argentina   Brumby archive

A new Beetle destined for eventual export to Argentina.     Brumby archive

……Italy by their EE  ‘Escursione Estranieri’ (Foreign Traveller) series………..

Italian 1964 Export 'EE'   Brumby archive

Italian 1964 Export ‘EE’ Brumby archive

……….Eire, using the prefix ZZ……….

ZZ allocated to new cars of any make, bought in Ireland for export, was an unusual and uncommon issue.   London 1969.   Brumby archive

ZZ allocated to new cars of any make, bought in the Republic of Ireland for export, was an unusual and uncommon issue.      VW Kombi in South Kensington, London 1969.         Brumby archive

…………Denmark by their red lining within the regional code letter.   K -Copenhagen……….

A  Danish export Volvo 245 destined for Canada, seen in London 1964.   Brumby archive

K 148.258   A Danish export Volvo 220 destined for personal export to Canada, seen in London 1964.                            Brumby archive

………Sweden, recognised by the year of temporary validity, in white on red,  added to the right of the standard registration………

Swedish export Volvo from Gothenburg (O) valid during 1964, seen in London.   Brumby archive

Swedish export Volvo from Gothenburg (O) valid during 1964, seen in London.                                   Brumby archive

……..and several other nations had an export plate system, too.      Britain allocated batches of normal registrations to the

Home Delivery Export Scheme,

whereby a new buyer could collect his new (British-made) car in UK and use it for up to three months before his supplier arranged for its shipping to the eventual destination for which it was bound.    In  later years, these HDES  plates were marked with with a yellow rim and from 1 Jan 1973, for the obligatory new white/yellow reflective plates, a red rim.

Some HDES examples seen in a motor museum in Queenstown, New Zealand.    Brumby archive.

Some HDES examples seen in a now-defunct motor museum in Queenstown, New Zealand.                       Brumby archive.

HDES with red border to reflective plates.    JW archive

HDES with red border for reflective plates from 1973    . JW archive

Sometimes, but not always, when such a car returned to Britain, these original HDES plates could be re-mounted and some of these  can be seen still today, looking innocently as if they have never been away.    If you see one, interview the owner – you might win a Bhutan diplomatic or a Tristan for your collection!

This Mk, 2 Ford Cortina has been somewhere and come back to adopt its HDES identity.

This 1968 (G) Mk.2 Ford Cortina has been somewhere and come back to adopt its HDES identity.    Where had it been???

If someone wished to buy a non-British-built car car in Britain, for export, that car would be given a British Temporary Import plate from the ‘ Q’ series.

QL 1052 - Peugeot 404L bought in London 1969, for export to Canada.  (Brumby archive/car)

QL 1052 – Peugeot 404L bought in London 1969, for export to Canada. Outside Notre Dame, Paris.     (Q L was issued by the Automobile Association on behalf of the national suthority.)     (Brumby archive/car)

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This was still  the age of the ship and cars were easily and cheaply carried as part of the passengers’  luggage cargo.    When their tours of service were at an end, and knowing that new cars would be difficult to buy when they arrived back in Europe, this army of  colonial civil servants, miners and infrastructuralists – and also thousands of military personnel – would return to Europe with their foreign-registered cars aboard their ships.    Many vehicles circulated for up to a year on the foreign plates, usually carrying the international ovals, to identify their country of registration.

Sometimes, however,  they changed plates immediately at the port of re-entry and in England, the spotters of the period  would particularly look out for shiny new aluminium plates issued with the codes of the three great dock cities, London, Liverpool and Southampton, where the motor organisations, the AA and the RAC, would undertake the complicated paperwork of the re-importation on the owners’ behalf.      Usually, the garage-man who changed the plates, would throw the dismounted foreign ones into the boot, in case the owner needed them.      Usually the driver didn’t particularly want them, and if, later,  a youthful car-spotter, recognising the new dock-issued numberplates,  interrogated him with sufficient intent, he would willingly open the boot and hand them over!     Thus many a collection was born and to this day, the writer wishes that plates had not gone on to assume a money value – for they had once simply been a trophy of a well-run, low-cost hobby, as might be a stuffed hunting trophy, or a prized fish!

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Ubiquitous air travel and cheap and efficient international car rental combined to bring the  collapse of the passenger shipping lines, and has brought these big quantities of re-imported cars to an end; it is mostly diplomatic corps plates which we see today,  by way of  rare-country sightings.      To counter that loss to the spotter, an increase in general prosperity also permits the modern enthusiast to travel the world and to see the plates of a country in their native setting.

Here are a few of the odd sightings of vehicles returning from the Outside World to Britain and Europe during the 1940’s 1950’s and 1960’s.

Tanganyika - John Pemberton's shot of a Peugeot 203 from Dar-es-Salaam circa 1954 in London,

Tanganyika – John Pemberton’s shot of a Peugeot 203 from Dar-es-Salaam circa 1954 in London.   DS D 770.      Note the bracketed ‘ T ‘; worldwide, parentheses on ovals were only used on the four codes for British East Africa – EA(T), EA(K), EA(Z)and EA(U) – though they were not  frequently used.

A rare sight indeed, then and now - India plates in Britain, circa 1948, on an American 'tank'.    Pemberton archive

BMY 7797   A rare sight indeed, then and now – Bombay, India, plates in Britain, circa 1948, on an American Pontiac.             Pemberton archive

is VW Kombi came ro live in Earls Court during the 1960s,   It was registered JB 513 in Johore state, Malaya and showed a PTM oval to rear.    Brumby archive

This VW Kombi came to live in Earls Court during the 1960’s, It was registered JB 513 in Johore state, Malaya and showed a PTM oval to rear.  Brumby archive

The only Sarawak plate ever seen in England by VWB, this Simca 1100 was from Kuching district in 1965 London.     Brumby archive

KA 3848  The only Sarawak plate ever seen in England by EU38, this Simca 1000 was from Kuching district in 1965 London.          Brumby archive

JP captured this 1950 Humber Hawk, home to England from Trinidad

PB 1118   JP captured this 1950 Humber Hawk, home to England from Trinidad.                     Pemberton archive

X 1065 spotted in Oxford in 1947 on a pre-war Canadian Ford, registered in Spanish Town, Jamaica.  Note he giant oval!    Pemberyon archive

X 1065 spotted in Oxford in 1947 on a pre-war Canadian Ford, registered in Spanish Town, Jamaica.     Note the giant JA oval and the Jamaican AA badge atop the rad. grille!              Pemberton archive

A diplomat back from Montevideo, seen in Hyde Paek circa 1952, on a Simca Aronde.

C/D 49-697   A diplomat returns from a tour in Montevideo, seen in Hyde Park circa 1952, on a Simca Aronde.    Rare U oval picture.         Pemberton archive.

The Enosis (Union with Greece) uprising in Cyprus in the early 1950s saw thousands of troops sent there over the decade, most of whom seemed to come back with with a smart car,    It was a common sight o see Cyprioys all over Britain.    Here is a Morris Mini-Minor, somewhere in London, circa 1963,    Brumby archive

The Enosis (Union with Greece) movement in Cyprus in 1950 saw thousands of troops sent there over the next decade, most of whom seemed to come back with with a smart car.   Even after 1960 Independence, Britain maintained a large presence there alongside the UN and it was a common sight to see Cypriot plates all over Britain through the 60’s.     Here is a Morris Mini-Minor BF 355, somewhere in London, circa 1962.                                    Brumby archive

Aden must have been one of the hottest, dustiest, dreariest postings for a soldier in the British services,   However, there probably aren't any Jaguars driving round out there in 2013, so times must have been easier then, s we see a Mk.2  2.4 returned to London after a rece   Most unusually, L 5993 has an arabic translation as part of the plate design, never seen before or sinve.   nt posting there.

Aden must have been one of the hottest, dustiest, dreariest postings for a soldier in the British services.    However, there probably aren’t any Jaguars driving round out there in 2013, so times must have been easier then, as we see an officer’s smart Mk.2 2.4 returned to London’s Kensington in 1963,  after a recent posting there.  The first few years of Aden vehicles were registered under the registration system of India, as were Christmas Island and possibly one or two of the Straits Settlements.    It is not understood why Aden chose the letters L, M and finally N for its plate prefixes during that series.. 

 Here, most unusually, L 5993 has the arabic translation as part of the plate design, never seen before or since on an Aden Colony plate.         Brumby archive

Low security in the 1960s Port of London, enabled this keen spotter to slip in to the docks on my Vespa, with camera at the ready.    A ship from the Far East has just discharged its cargo, and waiting on the dockside for customs clearance is Jaguar Mk.7  XX 1190 from Hong Kong.  And can you i/d the DKW Autounion in the background?       Brumby archive

Low security in the 1960s Port of London, enabled this keen spotter to slip in to the docks on his Vespa, with camera at the ready.     A ship from the Far East has just discharged its cargo, and waiting on the dockside for customs clearance is c.1954 Jaguar Mk.7  XX 1190 from Hong Kong.   The long-lived HK prefix was exhausted, and XX was issued from 1957 to 1958 (RPWO).       (And can you i/d the DKW Autounion in the background? )               Brumby archive

 

It took a two-kilometre chase on foor in heavy traffic to get this photo of the olnyNepali EU38 ever saw in England in 1962.     Brumby archive

In 1962, it took a two-kilometre chase on foot in heavy traffic to get this photo of the only Nepali vehicle EU38 ever saw outside Nepal.  The owner had had to specially make the ’26’ translation plate  in order to travel legally outside Nepal.       Brumby archive

ER.22944 was seen in 1963 on an Austin A30 c.1954.   Never another seen, anywhere.     Brumby archive.

ER.22944 was seen in 1963 on an Austin A30 c.1954.     Never another seen, anywhere.    Made with the classic Italian dies.                                Brumby archive.          (Note: I was in error, describing Eritrea on the photo, as ‘former Italian Somaliland’!)

 

So – we can see that these were good days for seeing plates from all over the free world – and, strangely, the communist bloc countries remained among the rarest of sights.  Of course, China, North Korea and Albania followed the communist path, forbidding citizens to own cars and with the remarkable exception of John Pemberton’s China Diplomatic (shown elsewhere in this Blog) nothing was seen from those benighted lands.

Not many photographs were taken and fewer still survive, lost in house-m0ves, cast away by surviving relatives as being of no interest etc.     Work done by such members as Pieter Lommerse, who has trawled so many sources to gather historic pictures of  Turkey, Greece and Cyprus, is of inestimable value to all collectors.   The Legend of  The Larsson Library is whispered of in exalted circles!      Any shots you may have will find a welcome home in the Blog, or else simply post them in for scanning and return, to Victor Brumby at 8 Cleeve Court, Streatley, Berks. UK – RG8 9PS.

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The Portuguese overseas territories-historic

February 5, 2013

In her colonial period, Portugal had two territories using ‘M’ and two,  ‘G’.

It may be that to differentiate, one of each (Macao and Goa) used a full hyphen set of two dashes (in the style of  mainland Portugal) and the others (Madeira and Guinea), one dash only  following the code letter.   Proof needed

Every one of the single-letter Portuguese territories was – and remains – amongst the rarest of sightings and even photographs or plates are unknown.    (Unless YOU know otherwise????)

MACAO

MACAO until 1960s,(then MA-nn-nn)

MADEIRA

MADEIRA until 1962 (then MA-nn-nn)

AZORES

AZORES until 1962 (then AR- or AC or HO-nn-nn)

TIMOR

TIMOR until late 1960s? then TP-nn-nn until 1976 Indonesian putsch)

GUINEA

GUINEA until 1974 (independence)

GOA

GOA 1930-57 (then IGA-nn-nn to 1961 when ceded to India)


Indian plates using Hindi

December 30, 2012
1965 Delhi sight of (part of) a Hindi-scripted plate - uncommon at that time.

1965 Delhi sight of (part of) a Hindi-scripted plate – uncommon at that time.#

In support of a member’s sighting of an Indian Jeep in London in the 1950s, bearing Hindi scripted plates, we see another example in 1965 New Delhi, snapped just as a camera came to the end of a roll of film.    The Jowett Javelin was quite a rare car in Britain, using a flat-four water-cooled engine and many advanced features.     It would have been very difficult indeed to keep a 1951 car like this, still running in India in ’65!

The sight of an Indian car in Britain was – and remains – a rarity.     Of the handful I saw, royal household red plate with silver letters  ‘PALITANA 1’  was on a red Ford Mustang belonging to Prince Shiv and was shown in the Daily Mail circa 1957, though no photo by me.    This Hillman Minx however was captured in Plymouth one day in 1964

Madras-registered Hillman in 1964 Plymouth.

Madras-registered Hillman in 1964 Plymouth.

and a Bihar-registered early Rolls-Royce in a London mews:

BRQ 734 - one of the last grand cars to be permitted to leave India for international collections.

BRQ 714 – one of the last grand cars to be permitted to leave India for international collections.

and a type never reported before or since, seen in Earls Court, London, in the 1960s, using West Bengal plates in white on red and marked with (TRYP).

WBD 6714 - VW Kombi overlander in 1960s London, with an unexplained plate type.

WBD 6714 – VW Kombi overlander in 1960s London, with an unexplained plate type .

I have concluded that an Australian overlanding team was arriving by ship at Calcutta  (WB was for West Bengal until 1973) and was required by the customs at port of arrival to mount temporary transit plates, perhaps because they could not show documentation proving paid-up overseas licencing.   (Bad luck!)   They might have had to buy a carnet to transit India and the abbreviation TRYP on a red numberplate (rear only)  might have indicated the temporary nature of the registration.   It was all painted in the exact style of the period, the letters shorter that the numerals…..

The only red plates in India then were those of the princely states’  ‘royal family’  and the trade plates for dealers, of which DLH 267 M appears in RPWO/India/Historical Notes http://europlate.org.uk/countries/hai-kyr/ind/ind-hist.htm