Diplomatic fantasies

June 18, 2013

A little story from a man and his car, who obviously would like to be seen as a diplomat…..

He used this Mercedes 200 in Vienna for some weeks in December 2012.
F Diplo unklar (2) 2012-12-17
A French insurance sticker in the windshield to check the license number for verification by police brought to light a genuine current French registration, but a regular series – nothing diplomatic.

He had had his French plates re-made, in the Portuguese diplomatic style.

In 2008 the same car (look at the CD-Sticker, the screws and the small, black, square element) was seen on same place in Vienna with this strange plate:
F + P Diplo Wien 4., Dez. 2008
In 2008 it was also seen in Paris (photo by Francoplaque I think) and we had it in our newsletter.       It was then assumed to be an old Portuguese registration pimped up to resemble French-looking diplomatic plates.     And the car was originally, like the driver, from Portugal as I have found out since.

2013 – And now the current display: after new police investigations (it became a little hotter) the car once again has been sighted in Vienna in April 2013 with the original French normal plates, the owner having removed his oval CD claim to fame!
F echte Kz. 2013-05-19 (2)

It has probably now returned to Paris again.      Perhaps he plays out there his diplomatic illusions…

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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)


Mixed Europeans from JP

January 25, 2013

POST-WAR PHOTOS FROM JP

These early pictures are of varying quality and interest, but still need to be exhibited for the sake of the members.   They are now identified to save readers’ energy….

(SF)_OC.436_JPc1948vb

OC-436 from Finland area O – Oulu, travelling in Britain during the 1940s.    1939 US Ford V8 identified by Colin Spong.     Pemberton archive

(S)_D 6116_PBvb

D 6116 from Sweden, seen in central London circa 1947.             D=Södermanland (Nyköping).  Pemberton archive

Swedish bicycles had plates, too! 57147 here.

Swedish bicycles had plates, too!      57147 here, in London, if that’s a London taxi at left….

(SF)_H.4268_JP1940vb

RPWO gives: 1939 Finland plates were revalidated for 1940 by painting the border black. Later “1940” plates were issued for new registrations and these are thought to have been used until 1945. Some 1943 plates were black painted wood, some dated 40 and some were in use as late as 1948.                    This black 1940 plate H.4268 is coded for Hame.                   The car is thought to be an early Skoda                Pemberton Archive

(S)_M 8257_JPvb

This car may be a prewar German *Hanomag (convertible), seen by member Pemberton in Oxford during the 1940s. M 8257 is from the Swedish area of Malmo.   Pemberton archive.                                                          (*2015-Now identified as an Adler by reader Spong)

(S)_N 39_JP1940svb

N 39. – .  A low number from N=Halland (Hamstadt) by John Pemberton in 1940s Denmark.    An American Mercury.      Pemberton archive.

AH=Hessen,1945-56 (US zone of Germany)(Lorrach).       Messerschmidt bubblecar.          AH 23-45.          Pemberton 1945-56 in London

(D)(Bz)_BH25-3323_JP1949vb

B/H 25-3323 from Hamburg in the British Zone from 1948-56.    Note the massive ‘D‘oval.     Somewhere in England on an Opel, by J. Pemberton, 1949.

(SF)_A.5026_JP1940vb

A Finland pre-war Opel A-5026, coded A  for Helsinki (Helsingfors) using the 1940 issue of the 1930-49 series,  photographed by John Pemberton in Scandinavia.

 

(USVI47)_T-14_JP1947vb

A 1946-8 American Ford registered in the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Thomas (1947 T-14) visits Denmark about that time, and is allocated a Temporary Use (red letter K) Copenhagen plate K 110-067 (to permit it to legally circulate in Denmark).   (This was because US/USVI had not been a signatory to the Convention which authorised international travel on their licence-plates.)   Such temporary imports to Europe often showed their original foreign plates as well.                 Pemberton archive

(SF)_R-56_JPvb

R codes Reykjavik, Iceland. R 56 seen in England somewhere, 1950s, on an unidentified American car.  John Pemberton

(YU)_BH-4510_JPvb

BH-4510. A Vauxhall Velox (c.1951) in London in the early 1950s. BH (in Cyrillic) hails from Bosnia-Herzegovina, by then a component of Yugoslavia.  Pemberton archive

Denmark motorcycle identified by Roger Kimbell

H 85 17. Rare Denmark-built  motorcycle identified by Roger Kimbell in his comment below.   H coded Præstø from 1919-58.    Pemberton archive

The motorcycle  with the DK plate is a rare Nimbus 4cyl in line down the frame machine. The only Danish motorcycle manufacturer I believe. Roger Kimbell.

(L)_6681_JP1940svb

Luxembourg series showed LUX below on the rear plate and above on the front plate. 6681 here on the series which ran from 1895 to 1940(!), although, oddly,  this Buick(?) and photo are from the 1950s…. John Pemberton picture, taken in Denmark.

 

A-11829 A= Oslo, Norway

A-11829     A= Oslo, Norway   Fiat?   John Pemberton in GB

(N)_F6-47)_JP1940svb

F 647  —  F=Buskerud, Norway, taken in Denmark by member Pemberton, during 1940s.             Another unknown American car model.

(N)_Z-9643_JPvb

Z-9643 on a pre-war car from Norway, where Z coded Vestfold from 1929 to 1971.

R-7800 is a Dutch motorcycle in Oxford. R was a special allocation for temporary/foreigner registration from 1920 to 1951. Pemberton archive.

R-7800 is a Dutch Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Oxford.     R was a special allocation for temporary/foreigner registration from 1920 to 1951. Pemberton archive.

The rare Portuguese red-on-white diplomatic CD-10-46, seen on a grand American limousine, possibly a 1940s Buick Eight.

The rare Portuguese red-on-white diplomatic CD/10-46, seen on a grand limousine, – a 1940s Buick Eight.    Dates of the introduction of this series are unknown,  as are the embassy codes.    Pemberton archive

8860-B ucharest, borne an another unknown American tank - a convertible model, so someone very rich. (In 1940s Romania??)

8860-B ucharest, borne by another American behemoth –  a convertible Packard Super Eight Convertible Sedan model – so someone very rich. (In 1940’s Romania??)                                                                                                            Car i/d by contributor ‘BlackVolga’.    Pemberton archive

(E)_VI.2623_JPvb

VI-2623… A Morris Oxford from Spain circa 1950 in London. VI=Álava (Vitoria )

(MC)_MC-1818_PBvb

Alex Kafka writes: This Monegasque photo MC-1818 is doubly interesting: if I’m not mistaken, “LDVG” to the left of MC-1818 is a Connecticut vanity plate,  metal validation tab included.
You may need to download and enlarge the photo to see the vertically aligned letters “CONN”. This style was used from 1937 to 1947, and 4-letter personalized plates were allowed from 1945 [RPWO paragraph (y)]. So this CT plate must be from 1945-47.
Connecticut was the first U.S. state to introduce personalized plates (called “initials plates”), already in 1937. Only two or three letters were permitted at first.
John Pemberton shot this double-plated Cadillac Fleetwood in London around 1947.


Pemberton Quiz January 2013

January 9, 2013

Who can identify the plate on this 1950 Hillman Minx, taken by Member EU83 John Pemberton  c. 1951?

January quiz M-3139

January quiz      M-3139     Pemberton archive

He though it was Madeira, yet HOPED it might be Macao!    I cannot agree with either – but cannot offer an alternative.

The  separator dash  is  odd…….

Answers/ideas, please, in the box below.

FEBRUARY 2013  UPDATE M-3139

NO-ONE CAME UP WITH AN ANSWER ON THIS, BUT MORE RESEARCH BY THE WRITER HAS ESTABLISHED THAT IT IS A NORMAL MADEIRA PLATE FROM THE POST-WAR SERIES, WHEN THE NUMBERS WERE NOT DIVIDED BY THE CLASSIC PORTUGUESE DASH, BUT THE SINGLE LETTER ‘M‘ WAS!      AZORES USED  ‘A‘  IN THE SAME WAY AT THAT TIME.