GUERNSEY, Channel Isles

January 4, 2018

For a small island, Guernsey sports a good variety of licence-plates, though most are seldom seen, even to the visitor hunting for the oddities.       Karel Stoel, Terry Gray  and Ray King captured most of the following images, all pre-1970s.

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Guernsey no. 1 – The Prime Minister is titled ‘Bailiff’ in Guernsey, and registration no. 1 is retained for his principal car.

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GBG   1 – The Bailiff’s Rover 100 from astern.

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1 —  Another stern shot of the Guernsey Bailiff’s Rover in the 1960s.

 

(GBG 03~)_CROWN_Austin 25.vbGBG2aKS

A 1930s royal visit to Guernsey used this Austin 25 limousine, registered only with a Crown, unfortunately hardly visible here.

(GBG 03~)(Lt.-Gvr)_G 1_f1_Singer conv.vbGBG9aKSThe Lieutenant-Governor of this period (50s-60s) used an Austin Princess (Vanden Plas?) limousine for formal occasions and a Singer Gazelle drophead  G 1 as his principal private car.

The Austin limo may have been designated an A 135 in the current catalogue.   It used a lorry engine which powered their medium commercials.   (See David Powell’s comments below).

 

(GBG 03~)(Lt.-Gvr)_G 1_r_Singer conv.vbGBG9aKSG 1 — Lt-Governor again.

(GBG 03~)(Lt.-Gvr)_G 2_f_Standard 10.vbGBG9aKS

Possibly the Lt.-Governor’s wife, carrying G 2 on a ’50s Standard Ten estate car.

 

(GBG 03~)(Bailiff-PM)_1_f_Humber.vbGBG1aKS

An earlier Bailiff, circa 1953, ran this Humber Super Snipe, on which the Guernsey serial 1 was shown.      Camera shake was de rigeur in those days.

 

(GBG 03~)(dlr-general)_T 114_Commer EDV.vbGBG8bKS

T 114  —  Awaiting registration, vehicles were moved from docks to dealers and on, using the T-coded trade plates in white on black for General Use and Z-coded white on black for Limited Use.    When Hillman made vans and pick-ups (utes) they called them Commers.      Earlier versions of this Minx-derivative vehicle were listed in Rootes’ catalogue as EDV’s – Express Delivery Vans.   So might this later model have been.    I had one once, BVV 111.   It cost £5 and lasted several weeks.(GBG 03-07)(Trade)_T 120 + 5959_r_Cit.H15-vbGBG8bKSDealer General Trade plate  T 120  covering untaxed 5959. This ‘Big 15’ Citroen Traction-Avant illustrates the enthusiasm for French cars on the former French Channel islands, whereas on the British mainland, they were less common.       By comparison, British cars have always been hardly known in France, the French being fiercely loyal to their own brands..

(GBG 03-07)(dlr-limited)_Z 15 + 4036_Hillman c38Minx.vbGBG8bKS

Z 15 — — Pre-war Hillman Minx is untaxed as 4036, so uses dealer plate Z 15 to move between the workshops etc.

(GBG 03-07)(dlr-limited)_Z 3 + 5687_r_Standard14 m.vbGBG8aKS

Z 3  —  Similarly, a Standard 14 uses white/black Limited Trade plate Z 3 whilst waiting to re-tax Guernsey 5687.    Unusual that Trade plates didn’t adopt the Empire-wide colours of red and white.

(GBG 03~)(dlr-mc)_X 25_mc.vbGBG7bKSX 25 — The long-discontinued Guernsey Motorcycle Dealer with X prefix.

(GBG 03~)(timp)_V 15_Austin A40Devon.vbGBG7bKS

V 15 — For a time, visitors to GBG who wished to stay longer than usual, would be issued black on yellow Visitor plates, as on this 1950 Austin A40 Devon.

(GBG 03~)(timp)_V 5 + 261LMT_mc.vbGBG7bKS

A motorcyclist from the mainland (Middlesex) carries his long-stay Visitor plate V 5.

 

(GBG 03~)_134_Hillmaninx.vbGBG6bKS

1344  —   The normal white on black plates for Guernsey, which didn’t follow the fashion to switch to the white front/yellow rear of most countries from the 1960s-on.       This late-1940s Hillman Minx uses low-number 1344, which would have been a re-issue, as originally, 1344 would have been issued in the 1910s or 20s

(GBG 03~)_774_car.vbGBG1cKS

774 — Here’s a genuine oldie, rather than a re-registration, probably about 1919.       We could do with a timeline of the GBG issues……            What’s the car?

 

(GBG 03~)(rtl)_11201 H_Ford105Anglia.vbGBGKS

11201 H — Rental cars use normal plates, but carry a second ‘H’ plate, for “Hire’. It’s removed when the car returns to private use.      1960s Ford Anglia 105E.

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1121  —  Occasionally, one sees a coloured plate in Guernsey, but it’s unusual.        This Lancia Flavia carries 1121 originally from circa 1920.

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GBG 961  —  It is very unusual to see a Guernsey plate like this above, where the owner has incorporated the international oval, GBG, in to the (re-issued) plate no. 961.      This is a pre-Farina Morris Oxford, circa 1957.

(GBG 03~)_11675_bus.vbGBG6abKS

11675  —  Buses use normal plates and ‘route’ buses carry a second licence plate issued by the police.    Most of the Guernsey fleet were  long-lasting Albions.

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PV 108  —  These enamel plates see service on a series of buses, as old vehicles are withdrawn from service. Most categories of Guernsey plate are re-issued by request.

 

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PSV 46  —  Another GBG bus plate of which we know little.    Any ideas?               Yes – a  private-hire coach  – chapter and verse below from David  Powell!

 

 

(GBG 03~)_4_Peu.203.vbGBG6bKS

4 — The old residents can retain their original family numbers if they wish. Nowadays, some command ridiculous prices if they come up for sale. This Peugeot 203 carries the fourth island plate, issued in 1903 and probably retained via many intervening cars.

(GBG 03~)_7_Ren.750.vbGBG6KS

7  —  Another old family heirloom – 7 on a Renault 750. 4cv.      GBG continues to use its original system, just as it began with in 1903.    That could be a world record for a long plate series…..

 

((GBG _MAP.vbGBG3KSGUERNSEY

 

Not bad plates-variation for a tiny island, eh?@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

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RPWO is back On-Line!

December 18, 2017

Good news – the Registration Plates of the World Online is back, after a hiatus of some weeks.  The U.S. hosting Company, GoDaddy, ran in to snags, but our webmaster, John Northup, has bent them to his will, and somehow re-opened the door.

Members will be pleased to Resume Normal Inspection.     One or two pages remain to be connected, but its only a matter of hours, we believe.

It was not the Russian navy ploughing the seabed and disturbing the Europlate cable, as we had wondered.

 


While you’re here –  an unidentified old Russian


Some curiosities

August 3, 2017

Is this one of the best postings for a diplomat?     This Land Rover Discovery is seen outside the British High Commission in Nuku’alofa, which is a two storey(!) beach house right next door to the mini Royal Palace on peaceful Tongatapu island.

(Tonga cd 90s~-GB)_UK 2_comp_2005VB

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The principal assistant to the Tongan economy is generous New Zealand, whose High Commissioner uses the CD type NZ 1.

(TO)(cd 90s~-NZ)_NZ 1_comp_2005VB

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 The Palace roof is of corrugated iron and the household operates a few vehicles with special-issue plates; here is a 1950s King plate (1)  from Jim Gordons’s photo collection.

(TO 50s)(king)_1_pl_JG

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PM 16  —  Parliament people carry privileged PM plates, more recently in white and yellow, front and back.

(TO 2000c~)(off-PM)_PM 16_comp_2005VB

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And also from the early times, G 271 illustrates the tractor issue, used during the 1960s-80s:

(TO 60s-80s)(trac)_G271_comp_2005VB

C 16 DKH   —  This pic has been sent in from Singapore recently – any ideas?

(SGP)_C 16 DKH_-VAN BRUSSEL-2-5-2017-IMG-PLAAT

 

Alastair Caldwell shot these plates for tourist-sale on one of many stalls in Buenos Aires.          The re-painting has  created some variations on the original black-on-white format!

(RA 68-10)(cd)2-Caldwell_2013VB

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CHINESE MILITARY MISSION to BERLIN

Roy Klotz made this note below in Europlate some years ago and Ray King saved it in his scrapbook, which is now part of our RPWO on-line archive. What a rare find – the only plate of its type in the world.

Or was it?

(D)(Formosa Military Mission Berlin 45-45)_article.Ray King,Roy Klotz

 

KB 042 846  —  The Stoel albums unveil another version of that Chinese mission, carried on a Mercedes 170(?) which also bears the 1947-48 Berlin plate type issued by the Allied administration of the city in the aftermath of the war – Kommandatura Berlin (Berlin Command).

(The subject of Chinese/Formosan/Taiwanese participation in the restoration of  1940s Germany must be worthy of some research…..)

(D national 47-48).Berlin Command_KB 042-846+China Mil Miss.M-B.vb4443KS

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BR 510-075  —  This Mercedes’ plate ticks several boxes.    It’s the Berlin 1948-56 series with BR meaning British Zone-North Rhein-Westfalia and the leading zero of the second number-set 075 shows that it is a dealer plate – as would the red-on-white colouring, if Mr. Stoel had had colour film.   Then, to make the matter even more interesting, it seems to have been an embassy car!      Diplomatic Dealer – quite unusual, we suggest….060117 – See Marcelo Taverna’s interesting observation on this curiosity in Comments below….

(D GBz 48-56).Nordrhein-Westfalen(dlr)_br 510-075_(r.w)(CD oval)_M-B.vb4443KS

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In the 1930s, King Edward the Eighth of Great Britain visited Vienna and was driven about in A 182 (CD) which was probably the GB embassy Rolls-Royce.

Diplomats used low Vienna serials.

‘A’ coded Vienna until 1947, when ‘W’ became the capital’s identifier (Wien).

(A-H 30-38).A-Vienna(cd)_A 182_(w.b)_King_vb28KS___________________

Below: A page from the Stoel albums, prior to breaking-up in to individual images.

0291 P is thought to be an artist’s impression, not a Russian plate type.     The vintage car stuck in the mud somewhere is sporting an Asian script and is quite unidentifiable so far.

The motorcycle combination registered ‘Zh 12 11 is thought to be a 1931-34 *military issue in red on white.      30.09.2017 – We now learn  from reader Rein that it is a black on white normal plate from the 1931-34 USSR series, though so far, which area (Zh)  is not clear.    *Rein adds that pre-WW2, Russian military vehicles were unregistered.

 

(Rus-SU 20s).. vb01KS-DONE

 

And finally 24  – a Russian query.    Do we know of light-on-dark Russian plates in Tsarist 1915??

Right-hand-drive – and is it a FIAT?

19Sept2017 – Well – 24 is obviously a pre-revolution (1917) registration and there wasn’t a national system yet in Russia – each town used whatever they liked.   Member Rein has info that this is a rally car in Moscow from Chisinau after that long drive, so now we don’t know if it is a Russian or a Bessarabian plate!!  

See his notes below:

The last plate “24” is pictured in May 1913, not 1915 as printed. The car is a Benz and it arrived to Moscow from Chisinau, Bessarabskaya guberniya (Moldova). The owner of the car was Mr Suruchan, winner of the 1913 Star Race, organized by Russian First Automobile Club. Competitors started from different cities to drive to Moscow. There were no general Russian plates at that time; every city and province had its own colours and designs. Colours were usually changed every year, to denote payment of annual vehicle tax.

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Honduran check-out

April 14, 2017

Friends having been persuaded to invest in the Honduran island of Roatan, south of Cuba, invited the Brumbys to visit in March 2017.    Having little knowledge of the Central American region, save for Costa Rica and Puerto Rico, if that counts, we took them up and flew United Airlines London-Houston where one must overnight at the massive airport before taking another 2-hour island flight next morning.    On arrival, the airport carpark gave up a prize immediately, with 3 of the International Mission (also titled elsewhere Aid/Non-Government Org.) MI plates.    Brown rim and lettering rather than the red suggested in the guides.    They must be batch-coded, as there would not be 4463 such vehicles, even in Honduras!   MI 4463

(HON 99~)(aid)_MI 4463_cu_(b.br.w)_2017VB

INTERRUPTION:

Though I have always favoured pictures of plates mounted naturally on their vehicles, I find that photographing plates in countries which use small detail in their plates is seldom successful when reviewing them later.      Nowadays, aided by the free-use digital cameras and phones, we can take both distance AND close-up shots.

I used to be able to then create a ‘comp’ – a composite picture for display, using Photoshop – but I have forgotten how to do it!

This is an comp. example, from a 1996 visit to an Egyptian fire station

(ET 96)(mun)(fire)_LU 4&5_comp_1996VB

 

Therefore, the Honduran photos shown here tend to be portraits, so that the reader can see the detail.

 

HONDURAS CONTINUED:

Another plate type first seen at the airport, was this National Government plate using an ‘N’ prefix.  N 11905(HON 99~)(gv)_N_11905_cur_(b.bl.w)_KIA ute1.2017VB

These National plates use the colours of the current private vehicles issue and are used by the regular police and other state offices.   N 11905 is an undercover  police ‘ute’ (or pick-up truck), photographed from the safety of our hire-car, as they had more guns than we..

(HON 99~)(gv)_N_11905_r_(b.bl.w)_KIA ute3.2017VB

The alpha system uses two forms of the letter ‘N’ and perhaps Honduras could be the only country to use Ñ….

PDÑ 9676 has the Private vehicle prefix P and the Dx serial was current during our visit, changing to PEA just as we left, pursued by swarms of sandflies and mosquitos, two of the islands’ most successful breeding fauna, alongside the poor but jolly villagers.

(HON 99~)_P DN 9676_(bl.w)_.Roatan2017VB

 

Duty-Free Imports

There are two colours of PP plates, which were thought to be for rental cars – but they use normal plates.     I was told by a Thpanish-thpeaking local that the PP abbreviates ‘Placa Pimiente’ or Temporary Plate, and later,  by an American whose car carried a set of them, that, to encourage retirement settlers from US and Canada to Honduras, their household equipment and cars may  be brought in free of import duties, providing they are not sold within five years.

Costa Rica has a similar privilege plate for retirees.

Our esteemed Editor, Señor Barragan, who knows a good bit of Thpanish tells me there is no  such word as Pimiente – so it seems that my first source spoke with forked tongue.

Anyway, most PPs are all-red but a few light pick-ups (utes) had black lettering.     Why?

A new discovery was a trailer system, with a leading ‘R’ as usua;, for Remorque or similar, and a serial letter.     They are uncommon, yet they have reached C as a serial.   Trailer R C 1429,  adjuring all to ‘Protect our Forests’.   The English word ‘bosky’ is a relative of this Latinate word Bosques….

(HON 99~)(tlr)_R C 1429_(bl.w)_trailer.Roatan2017VB

and trailer R A 8536

(HON 99~)(tlr)_R A 8536_cu_(bl.w)_trailer.Roatan2017VB

Motorcycles are  as expected, prefixed M …

(HON 99~)(mc)_M AB 7049_(b.bl.w)_mc.2017VB

 

The Fire Brigade seems to have freedom of choice about what it displays!

(HON gv)(fire)_HRB-00146_f_(r.y)_Nissan ute.Roatan2017VB

(HON gv)(fire)_HRB-2409_(y.r)_mc.Roatan2017VB

(HON gv)(fire)_HRB-2401_c_(y.r)_Roatan2017VB

Ambulances enjoy a similar freedom.   Same plate front and back.

(HON)(amb)_(r.w)_AMBULANCIA_c_.2017VB

 

A lengthy chase following a high-speed turn-round  enabled the photo-capture of an unknown military plate type, Repubblica Honduras Fuerzas Navales, as I judge it to mean, and we may rely on the Placamundi contingent to bring accuracy where there is only inspired guesswork.

 

(HON gv)(mil-navy)_RHFN 5718_cu_(bl.w)_Roatan2017VB

 

Several small cars carried the plate below and were hired to tourists.   It’s not exactly a plate, is it?

(HON)(rtl)_JAAR_(bl.w)_cu_KIA.Roatan2017VB

 

 

A special police group travel with blue plates, unlike any others and are tricky to photograph, for reasons you will understand.    This is as close as my survival instinct permitted me to get to white on blue, stencilled UD 11-001….

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….from which my editing software gleans this:

(HON)(pol)_UD 11-001_ute.Roatan2017VB

 

 

The only non-Honduran plates on the island were from Guatemala.   It seems that there is paid work for GCA workers if they come to the island.     The authorities are still issuing 2004-dated plates!

(GCA 2004)_P 947PWS_Roatan2017VB

This GCA ute was dumped.   Its  P947 DWS plates were secured by self-tapping screws and are no longer attached.     A brand-new ute (still 2004)  P767 GJJ is seen below.

(GCA 2004)_P 767GJJ_cr_Roatan2017VB

A couple of odd US plates varied the diet:

(USA-Tex 2016)_transit_Roatan2017VB

(USA-Tex)(disabled)_68KBJ_(bl.w)_Chrysler SUV.Roatan2017VB

I suspect the driver of the Texas vehicle was laid low by the sandflies, the heat and the ghastly food of the island and was issued a handicapped plate by his hospital back home. Odd thing is, he went back to Honduras for more……       We won’t.

Victor Brumby, April 2017

QUIZ

For three weeks I have been dismantling the pages of Karel Stoel’s German albums and the period 1895-1945 is at last complete.      A plate I cannot identify presents your chance to show us your skill as a xeno-autonumerologist:     D 7090

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More early German shots will appear in the next posts plus some of the Protectorates seized from the surrounding countries when Adolf got the bit between his teeth.

Here are two cars of senior government personnel, parked outside a great meeting hall in Vienna some time during 39-45.    Early vanity plates!   Nd 1 and W 101 are from Lower Austria and Vienna Protectorate…      Vienna/Wien used white plates during the occupation.

Less exotic IIB 57022 is from Upper Bavaria (Oberbayern).    How about identifying the three cars?

(D 39-45).Prot.Niederdonau-Lower Danube(A)_Nd-1 + W-101_vbKS

Now get back to work.

 

 

 


German ovals.

March 29, 2017

 

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Before the ubiquitous Export Z-plates of the post-war years were seen all over Europe, as Germany stepped up her motor manufacturing with vehicles the whole world wanted to buy, another, simpler form of the unique oval licence plate had been born.

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Reader Hassan translates: “Second to last car from Berlin… Captain Sigvard Drake of the P-4 (armoured) regiment, Skövde, narrates an exciting trip home from Berlin in his Ford Eifel Cabriolet in the letter below. (letter absent -Ed)  The picture is taken outside of Hedberg’s (Ford Dealership) in Malmö”     Thank you Hassan.

 

Who would like to write a covering piece about this historic temporary series?

 

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Bali Query

March 29, 2017

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Jake Brumby was alert one morning last week, when this very odd Indonesian Consular Corps passed him in  traffic.    iPhone at the ready, he grabbed this shot.

Expiry being apparently in the 68th. month of 2001 leads you to the suspicion that this false-plate maker doesn’t know a lot about his subject!   Or is it something NEW?(RI)(cc)_CC_ DK 68-01_BMW.Ubud2017JB

 

Usually, Indonesian Consulars are thus:

where 12 is the US embassy and 22 indicates that the driver is 22nd. in line for the Big Job if it ever becomes free.   His plate ran out of tax  in July 2012.

(RI)(cc 92~-USA)_CC 12 22_cu_VB

But regional Consulars are  coded for their locality which in this case is the DK  code for Denpasar, the BALI capital.   42 tells us that there is a Mexican consulate there, and 01 would be the Consul himself.     Not a bad posting!

(RI 92~).Bali(cc-MEX)_DK 42 01 CC_2008VB

Maybe they run out of consular volunteers sometimes and pull in a few Honorary Consuls, because Indonesia makes a special plate for them……

(RI)(cc honcon 77~)_L 980 CC_cu_ITvb

and before the thin tin plate design commenced years ago, the original Netherlands Indies designs were in use, and show the family history.

(RI)(cc honcon 62-77).Jakarta_B.7178 K CC_comp_mb1970sVB

Note also how cameras have improved since the 1960s!

The country sports some of the most baroque military and police plates in the world, and because it’s a laid-back place, the cops don’t mind you photographing them.    Try this in Moscow!

(RI).Bali(pol)(mc)_XI 14-115_cr _2008VB

Roman numerals, indeed!

 

And what did Mr. Karel Stoel have to say about the Spice Islands?    Plenty – including BA-439

Sumatra West – on another of those Auburns which Jean-Emmanuel found in Guadeloupe!

(RI 20-62)(IN).Sumatra west_BA-439_plKS

(Guad 20s-52)_3162 1930s Auburn.jec.jpg

Next – notes from a banana republic….

 


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