unknown (perhaps diplomatic) plate or fake

March 4, 2016

I´ve got this picture from garyschmidt5@myself.com.

He saw this plate in Riga/Lithuania and wants to know what it could be.
I´m not able to identify it. (Is it possible, that Netherland´s diplos have the ´CD´ not only at the beginning ?)

licence plate

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Two mystery plates I’ve found

January 19, 2016

Perhaps someone can help to identify these plates.

 

The first one I’ve obtained through a friend who got it in a plate shop in Morocco. The letters are stickers and the numbers are embossed. What could it be ?

morocco

The second one was found on ebay. Unfortunately I did not win the auction. What might it be ?

euro-groß


Cryptic plate at Gumball3000

May 30, 2013

IMG_5588IMG_5590On 23.05.2013 the Gumball 3000-Rally visited Vienna.

Of course the expected number of foreign cars with uncommon numberplates could be seen parked next to the Vienna ´Hofburg´castle.

Remarkable was, that no car wore the necessary distinguish sign (oval) and most countries could only be identified by experienced spotters.

The car showed in the attached pictures arrived together with and parked next to an arabian colleague from Qatar, so probably it´s a translated arabian plate, but nothing else supplied references to the place of origin.

As so often in Austria the executive elected the path of least resistance. The traffic police observed the race, received all cars at the parking place, perhaps also puzzling about their backgroud, and did nothing…

You only have to show yourself as VIP and all bow down!


French possessions in the 1940s

January 19, 2013

To see a car from Senegal, in Britain, in about 1950, would have been a big slice of luck.   Here is John Pemberton’s sighting, on an Austin A40 Devon car – unusual to find in a French territory.

Can Francoplaque help to explain why the plate is ‘dark on light’, perhaps, as we think all were white on black then?

Note that it carries the light-alloy ‘F’ ‘oval’ which was so common in early times.   As Senegal was not independent until 1960, this car could have carried an ‘AOF’ oval, is it was part of Afrique Occidentale Francai

a 1949 Austin Devon from Senegal, 7081 1.A
A 1949 Austin Devon from Senegal, French West Africa.  
7081 1.A   (1=Dakar)

1356 MA 15 in Oxford, 1940s/50s

Odd French diplomatic, 1940s-50s.

Odd French diplomatic, 1940s-50s.

This early VW also carries the alloy ‘F’ sign, because its plate is from the pre-1956 independence, French Moroccan series – 1356 MA  15.

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And concluding this foray into interesting French series, John captured a CD of an unknown type to me, carried on a rare Austin A40 Sports, made predominantly for the USA.

(Or is the car carrying the wrong international oval??)

Francoplaque! M’aider, m’aider!


Pemberton quiz

December 19, 2012

Member John Pemberton saw a Jeep in Piccadilly, London, in the 1950s, and having no camera, transcribed its Bengali/Nepali/w.h.y. script.     Can one of our specialists identify that plate?

John Pemberton's unidentified spotting.

John Pemberton’s unidentified spotting.

Nepal has been suggested.    A Nepali looked like this:

(NEP4)(p Lv)_Ba1Pa6509_cuf_VBjb (NEP3to4)(commv)_U.Kaa.A530_cu_VB19651208 (NEP3a)_BaA5126_cu_ITpl-vb

 

 

Surprisingly, at March 2013, no readers have ventured any more suggestions – where are those accumulated years of experience???? (VB)

Now see a good suggestion from EU 575 below….

 

added 30/8/2015:

J&K 68  --  The dual-plated lorry on which the writer hitch-hiked from Patna to Kathmandu in 1965, carried Nepali and Jammu & Kashmir commercial plates.

J&K 6831 — The dual-plated lorry on which the writer hitch-hiked from Patna to Kathmandu in 1965, carried Nepali and Jammu & Kashmir commercial plates.

AQ failed photo of a Jowett Javelin in New Delhi in 1965 shows Hindi script, then most unusual.    VB archive

A failed photo of a Jowett Javelin in New Delhi in 1965 shows Hindi script, then most unusual.                           VB archive

 


More Mystery

October 13, 2011

This BMW2000S coupé was parked in Queens Gate, London for about a year during the 1970s, bearing this unexplained plate.    Next to it was an Austin Mini with similar plates, which I didn’t photograph, it seems!    Once I saw the driver and he claimed that the cars were from Burundi – but I have never believed it….   What do YOU think?

BH-423-H-12-CD      What is it??     Brumby archive

BH-423-H-12-CD What is it??                                  Brumby archive

The BMW was seen and photographed by another Europlate member, Simon Brazel, by coincidence.    Do you still have your photo, Simon?