This rare 1937 Motorbike plate
image was provided by John Wunderlich. It is likely that no more than
a few hundred were produced.
This 1918 Motorcycle plate
image was provided by Jerry McCoy. According to an old BMV document
26,621 motorcycles were registered that year. These plates would have
all-numeric sequence starting at 1. Wonder how many still exist?
Jerry McCoy has been very
helpful in providing more images of historic value. These 1923 and '24
plates represent the first two years of production of the dealer series.
The letter X was a common denominator on PA's early dealer plates and was
used up thru 1933 on motorcycle plates, then in 1934, MCD came into use as a stacked suffix.
In this group of
plates, the 1933 plate on the far left represents the final year for the X
prefix. The source of this plate is unknown.
Motorcycle Dealer plate employs
the MCD suffix. This is a '62 base revalidated with a '63 sticker.
The source of this plate is also unknown.
The '68 plate image uses the DLR suffix
which came into use in 1967. This plate image was provided courtesy of
fellow ALPCA member Chuck Sakryd. Check out his website,
www.chucksplates.com/ for an
extensive listing of sale plates.
This last group of plates for this week
includes '48, '50 and '56 Motorcycle plates.
These plate images were also provided courtesy of Chuck Sakryd.
These plate are (or were) for sale on his website, link above.
PLEASE NOTE: As stated in the
past, the Plate History Page is
getting too large and slow to load, so the page will be split into two pages
in the near future.
This very nice Save Wild Animals
- Zoo plate with a very nice number was provided by Nick Tsilakis.
This plate type was released in 1996 and this was likely the first one
produced. At least it was the first of the regular production run.
I've seen a few 3-digit and 3-character plates that may have been test
plates or made as favors.
The huge transportation bill
that I highlighted last week, also known as
House Bill 1060, has been signed into law by
the Governor and will become Act 89. Click this Legislation
link to see the latest on this and other plate-related bills.
In another plate related bill,
House Bill 1834 has been introduced to provide for olive drab
Antique Vehicle plates for antique military motorcycles or motor vehicles.
Anyone who understands the current PennDOT mindset knows that olive drab
license plates will never be issued. Like it or not (I hate it) all new and redesigned plates
must be of the visitPA family of plates. So I will not even track this
bill unless something changes.
spotted an Expeditionary Forces high with a slight format change. The plate was
E/F2002, with wide spacing between the EF, the digits, and
the vertical VETERAN. Similar to Format 2, but with VETERAN pushed over to
the right a bit. He was unable to take a photo.
This group of Motorcycle plates begins with a 90 year old 1923 plate
on the far left. In the middle is a 1925 plate and finally we have a
1928 Motorcycle plate. These welcome additions to the plate history
page are all from Jerry McCoy.
This pair of Official plate images is
from Eric Conner. On the far left is a 1933 plate, and they just don't get
any nicer than this 1935 Official plate on the near left.
This threesome of old Motorcycle Dealer
plates has been added to the Plate History Page. The
plate on the far left is a '62 base which was revalidated thru '63.
The center left plates is a 70 issue used for one year. The plate on
the near left is actually a '79 base and was used up thru 2000 with
validation stickers. a While they don't don't form a contiguous series, the
plates do share some similar and dissimilar characteristics.
more plate types have been added to the Plate History Page. The first
is Lincoln University Official plate. The image shown here is a
current plate and it is believed that when the previous plates were replaced
in 9/99 all the previous yellow on blue base plates were discarded.
This plate, with its small issue (around
30 plates) and
localized usage, may have passed from existence with none of the older plates known to have
survived. I'm hoping that somehow one of these plates found its way
into someone's collection, or even a photo, but this appears doubtful.
other plate where none of the yellow on blue generation is known to exist is
Watercraft Trailer Dealer plate. This plate first came out in
1995. While sample plates are useful and generally provide a
reasonable representation of what a plate looks like, this sample does not
resemble the actual plate. It is unknown how many of these were issued
on the previous base, it could be several hundred, but less than 500.
Anyone have one of theses or know of one?
PA Legislature passes far-reachingTransportation Bill. Bill
will be signed into law by Governor Corbett. The new law, designed to
help fund the ailing transportation infrastructure, will increase fuel
costs, raise many licensing and registration fees and fines, up certain
speed limits to 70 MPH, eliminate validation stickers, and allow for
vertical registration plates on motorcycles to name a few provisions.
Click the link above to see additional details or scroll down the page.
Click the link below to read the entire 127-page bill.
SUPREME COURT! I
really didn't know if I'd ever see one of these but out of the blue this
plate image arrived in my inbox from an anonymous contributor. The photo was taken in the dark
so it is somewhat grainy; but otherwise it is a good image showing all the
characteristics of a current Supreme Court plate. The number block of
SCJ1 to SCJ25 appears to be reserved; however, it appears that only about
three of these plates are in use. These plates can also be formatted
with the number in the prefix position.
Tsilakis shares this very unique single character Passenger Vanity plate. Nice plate, nice
This NASCAR plate was one from the
Victory Junction Gang. Victory Junction Gang is not a race car but
rather the sponsoring agency for the NASCAR plate series. For anyone
not familiar, NASCAR plates were available from late 2004 until 2010. Those
that are still on the road can be revalidated.
This 3-19 validation sticker and
plate images were provided
Vern Kreckel of Kreckel Enterprises. The 3-19 sticker is part of an
optional 5-year registration.
The 1933 Legislative plate on the far
left and the 1933 Official plate on the near left were provided by Clayton
Moore. These plate types use similar formatting.
Here's an interesting trio. The
plate on the far left is the 1930 front Official plate with a 4-digit serial
# 1415. The next two plates, also with the same serial number are the
front and rear plates from 1933. Also take note that when these plate
advance to 4 digits, the keystone that would normally have been to the right
of the serial number was dropped.
This very nice image of a 1924 Tractor plate was
provided by Jerry McCoy.
* Annual registration fees
increase for Motor Homes, Trucks, Buses, Limos, School Buses, School
Vehicles, Trailers, Permanent Trailers, Special Mobile Equipment, Implement
of Husbandry, Farm Vehicle, Ambulances, Taxis and Hearses, Dealers and Misc.
MV Business, Motorcycle Dealers, Motor-Driven Cycle Dealers, Farm Equip.
Vehicle Dealers. §1911, §1913, §1916, §1917, §1918, §1920, §1921,
§1922, §1924, §1925, §1926.
* Legislative Plate Registration
fee increases from $20 to $76. §1930
* Personal (Vanity) Registration
Plate fee increases from $20 to $76. §1931
* Street Rod Plate fee increases
from $20 to $51. §1931.1
* Commercial Implement of
Husbandry plate fee increases from $76.50 to $110. §1933
* Increase speed limit on certain
freeways to 70 MPH. §3362
* There are also many increases in
fines and penalties.
visitPA clone! The plate on the far left is the latest
rendition of the
Classic Car plate now dubbed Classic Vehicle. Gone are the
familiar purple on cream colors and the 'antique' dies. This change
may have taken place at the 28000 mark. Thanks to Ryan Battin for
Spotted this Farm Truck plate on
an 18-wheeler hauling corn from the field to the dryer. Note the 2-99
sticker. I should have looked to see if the truck had a farm permit
sticker on the door which would obviate the need for a current plate.
This '65 Tractor plate is about as low a number
and as nice as a plate as they come. Tim Gierschick provided the
spotted this first generation Dickinson College
plate, still on the road. The image is a welcome addition to the
Special Organization Plate History Page.
Here is another pair of 1930 Legislative plates showing a 2-digit and
3-digit format. The plate on the far left was from eBay and the source
of the other plate is unknown.
The far left and center left images represent the front and rear
1934 Legislative plates.
At the time almost all plates were issued in pairs. Most collectible
pares get split up and sold separately. All of these 1934 plate images came
from the collection of Eric Conner.
This 1928 Official plate
was also provided courtesy of Eric Conner. Watch for more plates next
This pair of Official Use plate pictures
came from Clayton Moore. The plate on the far left is on the '65 base.
According to the ALPCA Archives this plate format was in use until 1971;
however, in 1968 the format on the near left came out. Were both
versions in use concurrently from '68 to '71?
According to DMV information for the '65
base, the authorized series included PA-1000 to PA-9999, then 1000-PA to
9999-PA. I have never seen a plate from that era with the PA in the
suffix position. Can anyone offer any insight on this?
Watch for more Official Use plates next
This would be the current high
or close to it on
Antique Vehicle plates courtesy of Ryan Battin.
In similar fashion here is a
of new Antique
Motorcycle plates also courtesy
of Ryan Battin.
Also from Ryan Battin is this Classic Motorcycle
plate. Note that these plates still employ the old map base and
non-standard plate size.
This 1928 plate with a 67-J serial number is actually an
early Judiciary plate. This image came from the collection of Ned
Flynn. These plates, without any identifying legend, could easily be
passed off as a regular passenger plate or even discarded. This is likely the first year for this plate
type, and beginning in 1929 the plates had the word Judiciary across the
Here are a couple more very collectible
Judiciary plates. The '32 plate on the far left is courtesy of
Ned Flynn, while the '33 plate image is from Clayton Moore
Anyone have a a plate or picture of a
'29, '30, '31, '34 or '35
This 1928 Legislative plate shares some similarities with the
plate above. One uses a prefix and the other uses a suffix to indicate
plate type, while neither uses an identifying legend. This plate image
is courtesy of PL8S, and represents the first year of issue.
Here is another pair of Legislative
plates. The source of the nice 1931 plate image on the far left is
unknown, while the '33 plate picture came from Eric Conner.
These Official plates from 1926 and 1928 have been added to the Official Use
section. The '26 image is from eBay while the source of the very nice
'28 image is unknown.
This pair of Official Use Only plates are on the 1957 base. The
earlier plate with the lower number uses pre-'57 dies and is on steel, the
other plate is also on steel but uses the more modern '57 dies. The
3290 plate image is courtesy of Norm Ratcliff and the 4322 plate is from
Clayton Moore. Eventually the '57 Official Use Only base went to
aluminum as seen on later plates.
This 1921 Tractor
plate photo was provided by Tim
series went from E1 to E999, then E1-000 etc.
with this plate being E3-447.
* NOTE: If you enjoy these the older plates,
check back next week as there will be more images thanks to Eric Conner and Clayton Moore.