An Italian United Nations curiosity-(completed)

July 18, 2018

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Lapsed Member Terry Gray shot this Fiat Campagnola jeep in Italy(?) in the early 1980s.   (I) Dealer plates were always red and white on black, so this white example has long festered as a mystery in one’s mind.       So this week, July 2018, VB forwarded the image to specialist Marcello Gallina in Italy, to ask his advice:

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Hello, Marcello –
Please, is this a Dealer plate/Manufacturers’ plate/test drive plate from the 1950s-74 series or the ’74-82 series?
(Strange colouring!)
Hello Vic.
Yes, this plate is from the Military Dealer series, issued between 1951-1984.
The jeep is an Italian Army vehicle (Fiat Campagnola).    The white colour means that it is allocated to be sent to Lebanon for the Italian mission (1982).
There were known two early types of Italian Army trade plates.  They were a white variant of the regular  black dealer plates.
Old type, triangular shape. 
New type, as in picture,  square,  PROVA must be preceded by EI in green, maybe adhesive letters are gone.
(In 1984,, a new series came into use:  EI * p 0123. (EI red, green star, little p green, black digits  on white) 
Best regards,

Hi Cedric

Marcello has identified a Italian military dealer among our TEHA2 photos, and it has a Middle-East link, so I think you could be interested!


Cedric responds:
Indeed, it is of interest and is a piece of UN history that is not mentioned in RPWO at all (and I certainly new nothing about). The peacekeeping force (Multi National Force (MNF)), according to Wikipedia, only existed from 1982 to 1984 and was totally separate from UNIFIL as a 4 nation only force.
“The four-nation MNF was created as an interposition force meant to oversee the peaceful withdrawal of the Palestine Liberation Organization.[5] The participants included the U.S. Multinational Force (USMNF), which consisted of four different Marine Amphibious Units (MAUs); British 1st Dragoon Guards cavalry regiment; the 1st inter-arm Foreign and French Brigade, 4 Foreign Legion Regiments, 28 French Armed Forces regiments including French and Foreign paratroopers, units of the National Gendarmerie, Italian paratroopers from the Folgore Brigadeinfantry units from the Bersaglieri regiments and Marines of the San Marco Regiment. Additionally, the MNF was in charge of training various units of the Lebanese Armed Forces.[6]

The relatively benign environment at the beginning of the mission gave way to chaos as the civil war re-escalated following the assassination of President-elect Bashir Gemayel in September 1982. Subsequent political and military developments on the ground caused the MNF to be viewed not as a peacekeeper, but as a belligerent.[7] In early 1984, after it became apparent that the government of Lebanon was no longer able to impose its will on warring factions as they entered Beirut and hostilities renewed,[7] the MNF ended its presence mission in Beirut and went offshore before completely leaving Lebanon in July of the same year in the aftermath of the October 1983 barracks bombing that killed 241 U.S. and 58 French servicemen.[8] It was replaced by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) already present in Lebanon since 1978 under the leadership of Ghanaian Lieutenant General Emmanuel Erskine.”




So we see here again how the sharing of our images and knowledge in the Club develops our understanding of this quite complex hobby.    Fresh from a 46-year-old photo now comes  info on a system we had not known existed.     Magnificent!    Thank you, Marcello and Cedric……..

Netherlands Indies-Schouten Islands

July 10, 2018

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G 255 (IN)

Karel Stoel brings us more treats with this amazingly obscure island plate from BIAK, a distant Dutch outpost in the South Pacific Sea, North of Papua-New Guinea island.    Until lost from The Dutch Netherlands New Guinea territories in the early 1960s, code G was issued between 1950-59 and was the only NGN single-letter code.   (Could there have been as many as 255 registered vehicles on that spot of remote land?)

This is the only picture known to exist of that G series, depicted on an Auto-Union-DKW 1000 Sonderklasse F91,  an advanced German car of the period 1953-58.

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The more usual (??) issue of the 1950-59 Papua/Hollandia (now Jayapura)  plates, used the NG prefix and leading zeroes, probably on the white/Prussian Blue plates of mainland Holland.    This VW Beetle NG-04 is certainly using the Dutch dies AND as it carries the NGN international Identification oval, it would seem to have been photographed in Holland, having returned from service in the Papua territory.      Few people still living ever saw such a plate!

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X- 451 (IN)

Further west, in Netherlands Indonesia, those who returned their cars to Europe at the end of their work tour. were given a temporary plate with an X prefix, for the first many years in white on black, and later in black on white.     They almost always carried the regulation oval and it is thought many came back to Holland and tickled Stoel’s fancy.

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Several pictures of the microcar Fiat 500 Topolino/Mouse exist showing us Indonesian plates.  Wholly unsuitable for the rugged conditions, one would have thought – but probably very cheap indeed, so a few sales were guaranteed.    X 554 is an example of the white version of the exit plate issued to vehicles leaving permanently from Dutch Indonesia.


There is confusion over the systems in use in NGN.    The 1950-59 series above was issued concurrently, it seems with another, below, using a prefix letter for the year (M=1955, N=56, O-57, P-58, R=59, S-60, T-61 and U=62.)    Then followed a suffix for the vehicle type – where A coded motorcycles,  B coded cars, c, lorries, D, buses and F, moped-scooters.       The serial number indicated the issuing offices, which were allocated batches of numbers.

These two types are said to have been issued (but partly overlapping?) between 1953 & 63.    Who knows anything which could clarify this matter?       

Unknown plate – still! (11/2019)

June 25, 2018

Does anyone know where this plate comes from ? The car was photographed in Bochum (Germany).

Undiscovered series from the past

April 13, 2018

update 3                   7/04/17

Predominantly from the camera or the scissors of the pre-war collector Karel Stoel, plate types previously unknown, and/or known but un-photographed, have come to light.    There are too many new finds to list them all in the Blog – which makes careful scrutiny of our Club Historic Archive so interesting – but here we choose a few at random to give the reader a taste:

(UAE-Dub) – TEST 109  —  Thought to be the first series of Dealer plates in Dubai, starting 1964.        Subaru 360 minicar.     Taken  c.1969 by our stringer Murray Bailey down by the old camel park, where the Hilton now is.                                        (Brumby archive)

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(NL) LZ 319  —  Utrecht province is not listed as having issued its code L with a suffix, if and when it reached L-99999.    So LZ-319 is a puzzle, shot in 1940s Holland, but could it possibly be an early number from such a continuation series which started and soon stopped, when the 1951 series LL-NN-NN took over?      We know that North- and South- Holland provinces G & H used the continuation suffixes Z, and then X; so maybe Utrecht just squeezed in a run of LZ – Dutch boffins to the rescue, please!

Its an Austin K van often supplied as a very basic fire tender post-war.

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During the mopping-up months after September 1944 as Holland returned to peace, the office of the Commander of the Netherlands Forces carried a second plate, usually painted or stencilled, with the code CNF.

Is this Jeep’s main military registration M 5845586 on the hood/bonnet from the US or GB issues?   Both countries’ military systems used 6 and 7-numeral serials following M, whereas Holland used M and no more than five numerals.

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(NL) CNF  —  No normal Dutch plate showing on the Prince’s CNF Mercedes coupé of unknown model. but a grand car probably kept somewhere safe during the ‘unpleasantness’ and then liberated.     Or a gift from a departing German visitor……

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(?)   C – 2545  —  No Idea.   The only clue to this C-prefixed plate filed among the Dutch military is that C was used on some Australian army cars in the immediate post-war period.    Who knows?     Looks like an Austin Eight or Ten.     

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Similarly, a Standard 14 uses Limited Trade plates whilst waiting to re-tax Guernsey 5687.

(GBG)  —  Z 3  —  A little-photographed shot of Guernsey’s Dealer ‘Z’ series.                             A Standard 14?

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(GBG) V 5  —  A motorcyclist from the mainland (Middlesex) carries his long-stay Guernsey Visitor plate V 5, in black on yellow.

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Possibly the Lt.-Governor’s wife, carrying G 2 on a Standard 10 estate car.

(GBG)  —  G 2                G is not normally used in Guernsey.    Special Issue.        This van-conversion Standard 10 estate car was called a Companion.

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(ROU 40s) – A + 4-03  —  Perhaps a doctor in post-war Montevideo?    An unlisted format, almost certainly light blue on white, as were many official Uruguayan plates.   Is this a circa 1948 Ford?   It’s a 1949 (US) Ford, David Wilson assures us!

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(F)  French Oceania  —  Never previously suspected, E 50 is evidence of  1950’s New Caledonia’s having a Dealer type, this one on a new Fiat Multipla, fresh from the hold of MV Polynesie.

E=Essai=Trial/Test – Demonstration.    ?Perhaps this was for Dealer 5 and the zero is the first of a number of  Trade Plates he was entitled to use?    There could not have been 50 dealers, surely?

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(F)  5805 WW D  —  A French new-vehicle ex-factory delivery plate with a difference.    Instead of the usual numeric départment code following WW, the letter D tells that the vehicle is being delivered to a branch of government in any part of the country.      Peugeot 203.

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(F  32-53) – 32 TT 3 ZZ  —  (silver on red)   Noted in Francoplaque’s most detailed website, but not illustrated, there, or anywhere else, we believe, is this 1934-?  Transit Temporaire showing 3 to date its 1953 issue and ZZ (or Z)  for French Algeria.     RPWO gives it that serial numbers 1-3999 were allocated to Algiers, 4000-6999 to Oran and 7000-9999 to Constantine.       If Algiers had reached only  32 between 1934 and  1953, we may assume that those big allocations were optimistic!

Concerning the car, an Austin A40 Somerset or Devon (or Dorset), it was always extremely odd to see a British marque circulating in a French territory.   Perhaps this was a UK citizen in Algeria on a special mission.     Maybe  James Bond on his first assignment, even.

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(CS)  —  P-1323 is a strangely low number for a c.1945-6 Prague registration, painted on to an imported US Jeep by the UNRRA   sic

United Nations’ Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation Administration 

which operated from 1945-47, thus helping to date this photo.    The additional plate AA 161 is not understood and theories are requested.

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(R)   24  —  Before the revolution, Russia had no national registration system, and each area/town licenced the very few local vehicles in varying ways.   Member Rein Veldi advises us that this Benz is actually carrying a plate issued in Chisinau, Moldova (then Bessarabia), which the car used to complete an overland expedition to Moscow – a heroic feat in times without roads between towns.

The few extant pictures of pre-1917-and-later Russian vehicles are all-numeric and often black on white, like Lenin (the worker’s hero) carried on his proletarian Rolls-Royce 236  below.

(TO 60s-80s)(trac)_G271_comp_2005VB(Tonga)  G 271  —  Your forthcoming visit to any jungly garden in Nuku’alofa on Tongatapu should throw up an old agricultural tractor, awaiting spares or the enthusiasm to get it working again.    The G-prefix was used for agric. vehicles from the 1960s until the 1980s, but is no longer.     Another item for the history books.

(GB)(timp 31-49)(RAC 48c)_QC 8825_(+Tangiers)_Standard 14.vbJP(MT)  T-4145  —  Tangiers was an international Zone in Morocco between 1924-1956 and issued its own plates, mostly manufactured in the British style and size.    Only the private T-series was officially known, such as carried on this British Standard 14 below.

Here, the car has been brought back to Britain and been given QC temporary-import plates at the port of entry, as Tangiers probably wasn’t a member of the Go-Anywhere Club.     The QC code was issued by the Royal Automobile Association from 1931 to 1949 and 8825 is probably from 1948.

T.W.1  —  Mr. Stoel, however, has passed us an image of a Morris Minor Tourer  at Christmas 1952, driving by a crowd of schoolchildren in the city.     Amazingly (to the writer, anyway) it bears a French-influenced Dealer plate, in which one  W letter-code is supplemented by a T, giving us T-angers/W-dealer/1 and the 1952 year of validity.

Tangiers Dealer – who ever thought they’d see one of those?????

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(D)  31205  __  Germany had used a special oval plate for visitors’ vehicles since 1907 and ran it through to 1950, when the new ‘Z-plates’ (Zoll=Customs) replaced them.     They were mostly used by visitors from the USA, because the US government had not participated in the international agreement on trans-border traffic which allowed entry without carnet and plate-change.    This meant that when a US citizen wished to ship his car to Europe for work or leisure, he must obtain some local plates  to entitle him to circulate in Europe.    Each European country had a system by which a temporary importation could be plated.        The serial numbers of these German oval timp plates were batch-identified to the city of issue; here, 31 coded Hamburg, the great port.

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(RI) –  B.7178 K CC  —  Indonesia continued the plate system introduced by the Dutch during their tenure of the archipelago.

Consular Corps personnel used normal plates (B=Batavia=Jakarta, in this case) with an added red on white CC following.   This Beetle is outside the Djakarta Hilton circa 1970 – before the current, (flimsy) pressed-alloy plates with slim lettering started in 1977.


PK 68, 140, 1184 & 1784  —  Some Malayan states had their own early 2-letter codes between 1906 and 1948, when a unified system started, using single letter codes.     Perak State was given ‘A‘ and all the previously ‘PK‘ -registered vehicles had to replaced their plates, even pictures of which are now very rare.    However, in this shot, we see four of that long-lost Malay format.

At that time, Ipoh, the main town of Perak state, was the centre of the rubber and tin industries and boasted a higher population than the capital town, Kuala Lumpur (which means ‘muddy estuary’).   Thus there were plenty of prosperous motorists and their car-clubs, as depicted here.                                                           (Douglas Fox archive)


(BUR) –  RD 1802  —  Burma’s independence from Britain in 1947 permitted foreign legations to open, mostly in Rangoon.    Embassy staffers used normal plates (RA/RB/RC to RD) with Latin cyphers, supplemented by a CD oval which included the Burmese script for CD.    This Packard Clipper is thought to be from 1948.  DW corrects this to a 1951 model.   In 1953 to 1958 the plates all changed to Burmese script only, the diplomats still mounting the separate CD oval.


Zephyr Six

(-)  EG 75  —  Eritrea Government plate captured on  a c.1951 Ford Zephyr Six.    Another Ultimate Rarity!


(AOF) –   M 43  —  The first and only known picture of an early French-era registration in modern Mauritania, when it was the colony of French Sudan in Afrique Occidentale Français and would have used the international oval AOF.     (the oval never pictured – nor AEF!)


(F)  CC IT 4  —  This Volvo was photo’d in London in the 1960s and the owner, whom we interviewed, was a Dane living in Tahiti.    It is not thought that French Polynesia had a consular series at that time, and recent visits have confirmed that there is still no such thing – but here is evidence that something did exist – perhaps an Honorary Consul….    Yet the plate itself is made up in exactly the correct form, as if it had been ordered from Paris!

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(Ray King had a photo of IT 1459, identified as a Foreign Resident , maybe from the 1960s.)                                                                                                        Ray King archive

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(YU)  —  Thought to be from the little-seen 1956-61 Yugoslav diplomatic series, CD-70-20 was spotted in London circa 1962 on an MGA sports.    Recalled as black on white, with red star before the embassy code 70.            Are there any others pics of this period series?                                                                                       (VB archive)

TEHA website


(AOF) 42-1-CD  —  On a rare Austin A40 Sport, made for the US export market and based on the Austin A30 pan, with body by Jensen Motors, we finally devined that a confusing series of black-on-green CDs with a ‘1‘ anywhere within the plate, were from Senegal.    Plates’ formats varied, sometimes using IT, sometimes CD (even one with neither, 29-1) , and with the ‘1‘ in any position along the plate, plus some serials with leading zeros.      Eventually, our amalgamated collections’ dozen different pictures were recognised to be from the common source of Dakar, the diplomatic centre of French West Africa in the 1950s.

TEHA website

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B 141 is said to be the original series for Bechuanaland – but the jury is still out.    What is it?    Picture taken in Botswana’s bundu recently.     It’s a Dodge.

PHS 23-1ADN 223 (ADN 60s_BL)

(ADN)  PHS 26  —  Pre-independence Aden used the code 1 preceding the registration, to indicate government/official vehicles    But what is the meaning of the Land Rover’s second plate reading PHS 26?

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(ME)  ME-7689  —  Spanish Morocco only stopped issuing its own plates in 1956, having begun in 1922.    It had its own oval, (ME), but no picture exists of that oval.         How many members are old enough to have seen these in circulation?     These girls are proud of their 1951-DW Studebaker Commodore.

TEHA website

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(PAN)   ATE-01-69  —  was an exciting find in 1958 London, though I had no idea it was Angolan until I obtained Keith Marvin’s seminal book a few years later.    We have never been able to divine the ‘TE’ code and a web-search for settlements in that benighted country beginning with T or TE, gives no clues.   The handsome wagon is a Borgward Isabella. Thank goodness for that early camera – and an unaccustomedly steady hand that day!    I never saw another Angola (in Britain) again.          Note London’s traffic in the 1950s.


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

L 567  —  There are none of the old ‘L’ plates still in Labuan island, but fortunately the museum in Kota Kinabulu, ex-Jesselton, saved this 60’s Austin A40 Farina and gives us a glimpse of the Labuan plate format from 1905 to c1963.   The very few cars which might have left the island in that 60-year period, would have carried changing international ovals as the status of the island changed: 1906-46=Straits Settlements (SS), 1946-59=North Borneo Colony, then N.B. State (CNB,SNB), then maybe a 60s period using (FM) & (PTM), then 1963-current, Malaysia(MAL).

The A40 Farina was manufactured between 1958 and 1967 – in AUS, MEX, ZA and NL as well as in England.

TEHA website

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(IR) T 58 CD  —   The stuff of dreams!     A  1940s picture of a (thought-to-be) 1939 Sunbeam-Talbot 3-litre 6-light Sports Saloon (also badged Hillman Hawk) working from the British embassy in Teheran.    The left-mounted oval reads ‘Political Staff’,  the Farsi way to convey ‘Corps Diplomatique’.    The serials were probably not embassy-coded in those times.   

But there were legation offices in other big centres and the rarest diplomatic shot which Mr. Stoel’s Iran album proffered, is this Standard Vanguard Phase 1,  from the late ’40’s.      TABRIZ 2 CD.          What a find!!

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The Consulate-General of Liberia in the Netherlands.

(NL 1928-51)  HZ-76719  —  Before Holland discontinued its 1906-51 plate series, and adopted their characteristic typestyle in the new 1951 LL-NN-NN series, this US-built Consular car (or Opel?) carried a  home-made panel in place of a normal CC oval.      Why on earth the benighted territory of Liberia warranted a presence in post-war Netherlands, I cannot conceive, but presumably some lucky chap enjoyed a two-year spell away from mosquitos, serpents, kidnap and road kill.           After reaching H 99999   South Holland’s code area H had been extended in 1928 with a Z suffix, .          

(Europlate Archive, former Stoel)

Pre-51 registration, post-51 style.   The slim dies used in the making of this particular number-plate, and some others from around the switchover time, are those which characterised the forthcoming 1951 series, yet using the pre-1951 registration, HZ, of South Holland province.    Both periods adhered to white on dark blue. 

TEHA website

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(GR)  EA 205  —  The Greece Police still use their own plates and we see from this 1944 photo that it started a long time ago.    A high-spec Hillman Minx  of the period.

EA is the abbreviation of Elliniki Astinomia = Greek Police.


Greece had some assistance from Britain in the 1940s and their vehicles were allocated a separate plate format, of which we only have this glimpse…….British Mission        Any ideas?

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(GR Query – V 5319  —  And an unknown Greek type, which has a coloured ‘V’ painted over a GB-style pressed-alloy plate CN 5319.    (The CN could have been from Kitts and Nevis, but is much too high a serial, or from Ceylon – but it was too early to have been part of the CE/CE/CY/CL/CN series there.)

That leaves 1932 Gateshead (GB), and it could be possible, as the car could well be of that vintage.     Might the V be a tax-exempt Visitor sign, for what we now deem Foreign Resident?


That’s all for now………..send any comments – and please keep sending your old (pre-1975) photos for entry to the Club historic archive.

TEHA website

I have checked this draft for errors and omissions, and all seems well.    However, the moment I press ‘Publish’, I will find clangers incomprehensibly still present.    Ho Hum.

Told you so.        Several ‘enhancement’ made already – and only 16 hours had passed!

And more, with new pics – 17/04/2018     Further edited 27/4/18

Feb-2018 Stoel albums progress – Wolseley Worldwide

February 15, 2018

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TEHA, 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 remains 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 25/11/2019:


TEHA website

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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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)
   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, or Big Six, 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   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

Wolseley Aus Gen. D.McArthur - 4 StarsWolseley Aus Gen. D.McArthur - USA 1

General MacArthur car  Sydney 1940s

Wolseley 699-r_NZ VB2003

(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.1956)    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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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.
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A 1930s royal visit to Guernsey used this Austin 25 limousine, registered only with a Crown, unfortunately hardly visible here.
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The 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).

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G 1 — Lt-Governor again.

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Possibly the Lt.-Governor’s wife, carrying G 2 on a ’50s Standard Ten estate car.
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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.
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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..
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Z 15 — — Pre-war Hillman Minx is untaxed as 4036, so uses dealer plate Z 15 to move between the workshops etc.
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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.
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X 25 — The long-discontinued Guernsey Motorcycle Dealer with X prefix.

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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.
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A motorcyclist from the mainland (Middlesex) carries his long-stay Visitor plate V 5.
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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
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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?
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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 re-registration 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.
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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.
(Note a response by David Powell below)
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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!
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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.
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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…..


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


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.

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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

Member Rein Veldi comes to the rescue..   

Its a 1928 AVTODOR Nami prototype Russian car of a type which did not go in to production.    The plate is a 1928-30 manufacturer’s tag reading 19/ISPYTANIE, probably black on white.


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