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TRUCK PLATES

Truck / Commercial, 1914 to present

Description / History

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Comments, what's needed?

1914, this was the first year for state issued truck plates.

Plates were white on black porcelain.  Serial number from 20000 to 39999 were reserved for trucks, and cars with solid rubber tires, but only some 6000 were issued.  Aluminum weight strip on left with 1 to 5 stars indicating the weight rating.  PENNA over the makers number on the aluminum keystone over 1914 on left side of plate.  Issued in pairs.  Plate size is 6" by 15¼".  Manufacturer was Brilliant Manufacturing Co., Phila., PA. 

1 star

Boyertown Auto Museum

 

2 star

Jake Eckenrode display

 

3 star

from Bob Connison

 

4 star

Jake Eckenrode display

 

5 star

Jake Eckenrode display

 

 

Image added 8/19

 

 

1915 Truck

Plates were white on sky blue porcelain.  Serial number from 20000 to 29999 were reserved for trucks, and cars with solid rubber tires.  Aluminum weight strip on left with 1 to 5 stars indicating the weight rating.  PENNA over the aluminum keystone with the makers number inscribed on the keystone, over 1915 on left side of plate.  Issued in pairs.  Plate size is 6" by 15¼".  Manufacturer was Brilliant Manufacturing Co., Phila., PA. 

1 star

Boyertown Auto Museum

 

2 star

Jake Eckenrode display

 

 

Image added 8/26

 

3 star

from Jim Moini


from Kelly Brewer

 

4 star

Jake Eckenrode display

 

 

Image added 9/2

 

5 star

Jake Eckenrode display

 

 

Image added 9/9

 

 

1916 Truck

Plates were black on orange painted steel.  To the left side of the serial number PENNA embossed over embossed keystone. Maker's number was stamped into the keystone.  1916 embossed below keystone.  An aluminum keystone was only used if the plate was transferred to another vehicle.  On the far left were 1 to 5 stars arranged vertically indicating the weight rating.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Brilliant Manufacturing Co., Phila., PA. 

It appears that truck and solid rubber tire vehicles plates were generally in the 20000 to 29999 range, however, truck plates outside of this series are known.  Nominal measurements are considered 6" by 16", actual measurement is 6⅛" by 16⅛".

 

 

 

 

1 star

from Jeff Hinkle

 

2 star

John Willard & John Anshant


from Eric Tanner

 

3 star

from Bob Connison

 

4 star

from Eric Tanner

 

5 star

Jake Eckenrode display

 

 

Image added 9/16

 

 

1917 Truck

Plates were white on brown painted steel.  To the left side of the serial number PENNA or PA embossed over embossed keystone. Maker's number was stamped into the keystone.  1917 or 17 embossed below keystone.  PENNA & 1917 were used on lower number plates, while PA & 17 were used on higher plates.  An aluminum keystone was only used if the plate was transferred to another vehicle.  The S-prefix stood for solid-tired motor vehicle.  Weight classes were listed as: First Class to Fifth Class as described below.  On the far left were 1 to 5 stars arranged vertically indicating the weight rating.  Issued in pairs.  Plates were made in state prison system.  Nominal measurements are considered 6" by 14" and 6" by 16", actual measurement of the larger plate is 6⅛" by 16⅛".  Measurements of the size referred to as 6" by 14" need to be verified.

 

First Class, 1 star, 1 to 1999

Second Class, 2 stars, 2000 to 4499

Third Class, 3 stars, 4500 to 10499

Fourth Class, 4 stars, 10500 to 12499

Fifth Class, 5 stars, 12500 & above

Not all class blocks were issued in their entirety, and not all stars and serial numbers were issued uniformly.  If classes ran out of numbers some additional groupings were established.

 

 

 

 

 

1 star, S+2-digit, 14", PENNA/1917

from Eric Tanner & Jeff Hinkle


1 star, S+3-digit, 14", PENNA/1917

from Jeff Hinkle


1 star, S+4-digit, 16", PA/17

from 51jnj61

 

 

2 star, S+4-digit, 16", PENNA/1917

Boyertown Auto Museum

 

3 star, S+4 digits, 14", PENNA/1917

from charlesgilbertantiquetoys


3 star, S+4 digits, 16", PENNA/1917

from Peter Cohen


3 star, S+4 digits, 16", PA/17

S8799

As seen in ALPCA Archives


3 star, S+5 digits, 16", PA/17

from Bob Connison

 

 

4 star

 

 

 

5 star

 

 

 

 

1918 Truck

Plates were white on black painted steel.  To the left side of the serial number PA embossed over embossed keystone. Maker's number was stamped into the keystone.  18 embossed below keystone.  An aluminum keystone was only used if the plate was transferred to another vehicle.  On the far left were 1 to 5 stars arranged vertically indicating the weight rating.  Issued in pairs.  Plates were made in state prison system.  All truck plates used a C prefix plus 1 to 5 digits.  Plate measurements for C+1 or 2 digits are 6" x 10", C+3 digits are 6" x 13½", and C+4 or 5 digits were 6" x 16".

 

1 star

John Willard & John Anshant

 

2 star

from Jeff Hinkle

 

3 star

from Jim Moini


John Willard & John Anshant


from Bob Connison

 

4 star

from Eric Tanner

 

5 star

 

 

 

 

1919 Truck

Red on black, legend, all embossed, PA over keystone over 19 to the right of the serial number.  The keystone has the VIN number inscribed.  To the far right is a stack of 1 to 5 stars indicating the weight class of the vehicle.  All truck plates used a C prefix plus 1 to 5 digits.  C+1 or 2 digits were 6" x 10", C+3 digits were 6" x 13½", and C+4 or 5 digits were 6" x 16".

 

 

 

 

1 star, 6" x 13½"

from Jaska Börner

 

2 star, 6" x 16"

from Jim Moini


from Jim Moini


from Jeff Hinkle

 

3 Stars

from Jeff Hinkle


From Kelly Brewer


from Phil Tedeschi

 

4 star

from Eric Tanner

 

5 star

 

 

 

 

1920 Truck (Commercial)

White on dark blue, all embossed legend, plates up to 5 digits have COMMERCIAL on top, PENNA. 1920 along bottom and measure 7" high.  5 digit plates measure 7" by 13½", plates with fewer than 5 digits measure 7" by 12".  The 7" dimension is due to the plate legend on the top and bottom.  6-digit plates have COMMERCIAL, PENNA & 1920 along bottom and measure 6" by 16".  The connection between plate serial number and weight class may be related to the first digit in the serial number.  The serial number can have 1 to 3 digits in the first grouping, then a dash, then the second grouping which can have up to 3 digits.  Some 3-digit plate have been reported without a dash.

Class 1 or AA

Class 2 or A

Class 3 or B

Class 4 or C

Class 5 or D

Class 6 or E

Class 7 or F

Class 8 or G

Class 1 or AA, 7" by 12"

from Tiger Joe Sallmen


Class 1 or AA, 7" by 13½"

from Tim Gierschick


Class 1 or AA, 6" by 16"

Boyertown Auto Museum

via Tim Gierschick

 

Class 2 or A, 7" by 13½"

from Peter Cohen


from Bob Connison


Class 2 or A, 7" by 16"

from Charlesgilbertantiquetoys

 

Class 3 or B, 6" by 16"

from Peter Cohen

 

Class 4 or C, 7" by 12"

from eBayer Lill-harle

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1921 Truck (Commercial)

Black on yellow, all embossed legend, PENNA COMMERCIAL 1921 along bottom.  All plates are believed to be 6"  by 16" regardless of the length of the serial number.  The connection between plate serial number and weight class may be related to the first digit in the serial number.  The serial number can have 1 to 3 digits in the first grouping, then a dash, then the second grouping which can have up to 3 digits.

Class 1 or AA

Class 2 or A

Class 3 or B

Class 4 or C

Class 5 or D

Class 6 or E

Class 7 or F

Class 8 or G

 

Class 1 or AA

from Bob Connison

 

  

Class 2 or A

from Eric Tanner

 

Class 3 or B

Boyertown Auto Museum

via Tim Gierschick

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1922 Truck (Commercial)

Brown on cream, legend, all embossed, PENNA COMMERCIAL 1922 along bottom.  All plates are believed to be 6"  by 16" regardless of the length of the serial number.  The connection between plate serial number and weight class may be related to the first digit in the serial number.  The serial number can have 1 to 3 digits in the first grouping, then a dash or a space, then the second grouping which can have up to 3 digits.

Class 1 or AA

Class 2 or A

Class 3 or B

Class 4 or C

Class 5 or D

Class 6 or E

Class 7 or F

Class 8 or G

 

 

Class 1 or AA

from Bruce Bufalini


from Bob Connison


from Jeff Hinkle

 

Class 2 or A

from Kelly Brewer

 

Class 3 or B

Boyertown Auto Museum

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

Class 6 or E

from Peter Cohen

 

 

1923 Truck (Commercial)

Yellow on dark blue, legend, all embossed, PENNA COMMERCIAL 1923 along bottom.  All plates are believed to be 6"  by 16" regardless of the length of the serial number.  The connection between plate serial number and weight class may be related to the first digit in the serial number.  The serial number can have 1 to 3 digits in the first grouping, then a dash or a space, then the second grouping which can have up to 3 digits.

Class 1 or AA

Class 2 or A

Class 3 or B

Class 4 or C

Class 5 or D

Class 6 or E

Class 7 or F

Class 8 or G

Class 1 or AA

from Bob Connison


from Peter Cohen


from Clayton Moore

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1924 Truck

Dark blue on yellow, legend, all embossed, PENNA 1924 along bottom, legend flanked by small keystones. New letter weight classification system from R thru Z, excluding X, normally in the prefix position; however, there were R suffix overflow plates.  These letter classes identified the vehicle as a truck.  Sizes were based on number of characters, 6" by 10" for 2 to 4 characters, 6" by 12" for 5 characters, and 6" by 15" for 6 characters.

Class R - R1 to R99-999 & 1-R to 2011-R

Class S - S1 to S21-826

Class T - T1 to T6117

Class U - U1 to U11-793

Class V - V1 to V5000

Class W - W1 to W803

Class Y - Y1 to Y698

Class Z - Z1 to Z500

 

Class R, 12"

from Clayton Moore


Class R, 15"

from James Andreucci


Class R, 12", overflow

from Eric Tanner

 

 

Image added 8/26

 

Class S, 15"

from Shane Oake

 

Class U, 10"

from eBayer Rabbittman


Class U, 15"

from Eric Tanner

 

Class V, 12"

from Bob Connison

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1925 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, legend, all embossed, 1925 PENNA along bottom, legend flanked by small keystones. Weight classification system from R thru Z, excluding X, normally in the prefix position; however, there were R suffix overflow plates.  These letter classes identified the vehicle as a truck.  Sizes were based on number of characters, 6" by 10" for 1 to 4 characters, 6" by 12 or 6" by 13" for 5 characters, and 6" by 15" for 6 characters.  Not all plates conform to the sizes listed by character length.  The use of the dash separator may be inconsistent.

Class R - R-1 to R99-999 & 1-R to 90-87R

Class S - S-1 to S25-276

Class T - T-1 to T6457

Class U - U-1 to U9279

Class V - V-1 to V5799

Class W - W-1 to W4780

Class Y - Y1 to Y5000

Class Z - Z1 to Z5000

Class R, 12"

America on Wheels plate


Class R, 15"

from Bob Connison


Class R suffix, 12"

from Jeff Hinkle


Class R suffix, 13"

from Bob Connison


Class U, 12"

from Tyrone Caldwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 9/2

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1926 Truck

Dark blue on yellow, legend, all embossed, 1926 and PENNA along bottom, legend flanked by small keystones. Letter weight classification system from R thru Z, excluding X, normally in the prefix position; however, there were R suffix overflow plates.  These letter classes identified the vehicle as a truck.  Sizes were generally based on number of characters, 6" by 10" for 2 and 3 characters, 6" by 12" for 4 characters, 6" by 13" for 5 characters, although some 5-character plates were 6" by 15" and 6" by 15" for 6 characters.

Class R - R-1 to R99-999 & 1-R to 134-30R

Class S - S-1 to S33-452

Class T - T-1 to T14-345

Class U - U-1 to U2-780

Class V - V-1 to V10-463

Class W - W-1 to W3-057

Class Y - Y-1 to Y5-000

Class Z - Z-1 to Z5-000

 

Class R - 15"

from Bob Connison


Class R suffix - 13"

from Pl8source

 

Class S - 13"

from Clayton Moore


Class S - 15"

from Peter Cohen

 

 

Image added 8/26

Class U - 13"

from Peter Cohen

 

Class V - 15"

from Eric Tanner

 

Class W- 15"

from Eric Tanner

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1927 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, legend, all embossed, 1927 and PENNA along top, legend flanked by small keystones.  Weight classification system from R thru Z, excluding X, normally in the prefix position; however, there were R suffix overflow plates.  These letter classes identified the vehicle as a truck.  Letter size in 1927 was smaller than numbers.  Sizes were based on number of characters, 6" by 10" for 1 to 4 characters, 6" by 13" for 5 characters, and 6" by 15" for 6 characters.

Class R - R-1 to R99-999 & 1-R to 84-44R

Class S - S-1 to S35-000

Class T - T-1 to T17-000

Class U - U-1 to U9000

Class V - V-1 to unknown

Class W - W-1 to W5-009

Class Y - Y-1 to Y5-565

Class Z - Z-1 to Z2-113

 

Class R - 10"

from Tim Gierschick


Class R - 15"

from Bob Connison


Class R Suffix - 14"

from egostarlynx

 

Class U - 13"

from Eric Tanner

 

Class V - 15"

from Peter Cohen

 

 

Class W - 15"

from Eric Tanner

 

Class Y - 13"

from Eric Tanner

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1928 Truck

Dark blue over yellow, legend PENNA then 1928 flanked by small keystones.  First letter designates weight class.  Numerical portion can be 1 to 5 digits.  2, 3 & 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 13", 6 character plates measure 6" x 15".

Class R - R-1 to R99-999, some plates identified with R suffix

Class S - S-1 to S53-000

Class T - T-1 to T21-000

Class U - U-1 to U6500

Class V - V-1 to V9200

Class W - W-1 to W5-000

Class Y - Y-1 to Y5-000

Class Z - Z-1 to Z2-000

Class R - 13"

from Peter Cohen


Class R - 15"

from Bob Connison

 

Class S - 10"

from Jeff Hinkle


from Jeff Hinkle


John Willard & John Anshant plate

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1929 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, legend, all embossed, 1929 and PENNA along top, legend flanked by small keystones.  Weight classification system from R thru ZZ, excluding X.  These letter classes identified the vehicle as a truck.  2, 3 & 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 13", 6 character plates measure 6" x 15".

Class R - R-1 to R90-000

Class S - S-1 to S69-000

Class T - T-1 to T14-000

Class U - U-1 to U12-000

Class V - V1 to V11-000

Class W - W-1 to W5-000

Class Y - Y-1 to Y5-000

Class Z - Z-1 to Z5-000

Class ZZ - ZZ1 to Z1-000

Class R - 13"

America on Wheels plate


Class R - 15"

from Bob Connison

 

Class S - 15"

from ebay user Rpkdog

 

 

Image added 9/2

 

Class U - 13"

from Peter Cohen

 

Class V - 15"

from Eric Tanner

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1930 Truck

Dark blue over yellow, legend 1930 then PENNA along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Final 2 letters designate weight class.  Numerical portion can be 2 or 3 digits.  4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

*Class R - 00AA to 999FZ

Class S - 00GA to 999KZ

Class T - 00LA to 999MZ

Class U - 00NA to 999NZ

Class V - 00PA to 999PZ

Class W - 00RA to 999RZ

Class Y - 00SA to 999SZ

Class Z - 00UA to 999UZ

Class ZZ - 00VA to 999VZ

*Much of the class data above came from a 1930 Bulletin Almanac.

Class R

from Peter Cohen


from John Willard


from John Willard


 

 

Class S

from John Willard

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1931 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, legend, all embossed, PENNA and 1931 along bottom, legend flanked by small keystones.  Weight classification system from R thru ZZ, excluding X.  These letter classes identified the vehicle as a truck, always with a second letter in the serial number, and never in the second position.  All plates appear to be 6" x 12.

Class R - R0A00, R00A0, R000A, 0R0A0

Class S - S0A00, S00A0, S000A, 0S0A0

Class T - T0A00, T00A0

Class U - U0A00

Class V - V0A00

Class W - W0A00

Class Y - Y0A00

Class Z - Z0A00

Class ZZ - formatting uncertain, possibly ZZ0A0 if used.

Class R, R0A00 format

from Peter Cohen


Class R, R00A0 format

from Clayton Moore


Class R, R000A format

 

 

Class S

from Jim Moini

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

1931 Mystery/Truck?

This mystery plate image was recently posted by Rick Kretschmer.  I contacted Rick and Eric Tanner for their take on the plate, as it does not fit any known 1931 format.  It should be noted that in 1931 Truck plates went back to using the R through Z prefix to indicate the weight class.  Eric offers a possible explanation where he suggests how this plate could be part of an early group of Truck plates.  This plate is also not a stand-alone oddball or error.  Enough 2 and 3 digit plates with 2-letter suffixes have been seen including 96AC, 793AC, 277AH, 176BB pair, 43BC and 987BC suggesting these are part of a series.

Eric suggests that the plate shown here is part of a group of 1931 R-weight truck tags which were made well ahead of time using the 1930 system before the decision was made to switch to a new system for 1931 truck plates. Maybe they ran off 25,000 pairs before the change? That would take us from 00AA to 999BE. Too many to waste, so they issued them anyway, Eric offers as a possible explanation.

Eric has also done some math calculations, adding up the known number of R-series plates, plus the series described here, resulting in a total number of plates similar to 1929 and '30 plates.  While this is only a theory at this point, and lacks proof, it does offer a plausible explanation.

from Rick Kretschmer

 

Section added 9/2

 

 

1932 Truck

Dark blue over yellow, legend PENNA then 1932 then across top flanked by small keystones.  First 1 or 2 letters designate weight class.  Numerical portion can be 5 or 4 digits for a total of 6 characters.  Plate measures 6" x 15".

Class R - R10-000

Class S - S10-000

Class T - T10-000

Class U - U10-000

Class V - V10-000

Class W - W10-000

Class Y - Y10-000

Class Z - Z10-000

Class RZ - RZ1-000

Class SZ - SZ1-000

Class TZ - TZ1-000

Class UZ - UZ1-000

Class VZ - VZ1-000

Class WZ - WZ1-000

Class YZ - YZ1-000

Class ZZ - ZZ1-000

Class R

from Troy E. Payson
ALPCA #8766, New York

 

 

Class T

from John Willard


from Peter Cohen

 

Class U

from Eric Tanner

 

Class V

from Eric Tanner

 

Class W

from Eric Tanner

 

Class Z

from Eric Tanner

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1933 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, legend, all embossed, PENNA and 1933 along top, legend flanked by small keystones.  Weight classification system from R thru ZZ, excluding X.  These letter classes identified the vehicle as a truck.  Plate measures 6" x 15".

Class R - R10-000

Class S - S10-000

Class T - T10-000

Class U - U10-000

Class V - V10-000

Class W - W10-000

Class Y - Y10-000

Class Z - Z10-000

Class RZ - RZ1-000

Class SZ - SZ1-000

Class TZ - TZ1-000

Class UZ - UZ1-000

Class VZ - VZ1-000

Class WZ - WZ1-000

Class YX - YZ1-000

Class ZZ - ZZ1-000

Class R

from Clayton Moore


from eBay user rqb507


 

 

Class T

from Peter Cohen


from Threelabssalvage

 

Class U

from Eric Tanner

 

Class W

from Eric Tanner

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1934 Truck

Dark blue over yellow, legend 34 then TRUCK flanked by small keystones then PA across bottom.  First letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  See formatting below.  Plate measures 6" x 12".

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, RA000

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00

Class T - T000A, T00A0, T0A00

Class U - U000A

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YX - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R, R000A format

from Jim Moini


Class R, R0A00 format


from Bob Connison


Class R, RA000 format

from Rick Kretschmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 9/2

Class S

from Bob Connison

 

Class U

from Peter Cohen

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

1935 Truck

Yellow over dark blue, legend 35 then TRUCK  then PA flanked by small keystones across bottom.  First letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  See formatting below.  5-character plates measure 6" x 12", 6-character plates measure 6" x 15".

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, RA000-format subject to verification

Class R - R00-00A (15")

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, SA000-format subject to verification

Class S - S00-00A (15")

Class T - T000A, T00A0, T0A00

Class U - U000A

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R, R000A format

from Peter Cohen


Class R, R0A00 format

from Bob Connison


Class R, R00-00A, 15" design

 

 

Class S, S00A0

from Carstuffstore


Class S, S0A00

from Pl8source

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 9/16

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1936 Truck

Dark blue over yellow, legend 36 then TRUCK  then PA flanked by small keystones across top.  First letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  See formatting below.  5-character plates measure 6" x 12", 6-character plates measure 6" x 15".

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, RA000-format subject to verification

Class R - R00-00A (15")

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, SA000-format subject to verification

Class S - S00-00A (15")

Class T - T000A, T00A0, T0A00

Class U - U000A

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R, R000A format

from Steve Ondik


Class R, R00A0 format

from Chuck Sakryd


Class R, R0A00 format

from Bob Connison


Class R, 15", R00-00A format

from ebay user ustho-dffvjx

 

Class S, S000A format

from Peter Cohen


Class S, S0A00 format

from Steve Ondik

 

Class T

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1937 Truck

Yellow over dark blue, legend 37 then TRUCK  then PA flanked by small keystones across top.  First letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  See formatting below.  5-character plates measure 6" x 12", 6-character plates measure 6" x 15".

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, RA000-format subject to verification

Class R - R00-00A (15")

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, SA000-format subject to verification

Class S - S00-00A (15")

Class T - T000A, T00A0, T0A00

Class U - U000A

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R, 12"

from Bob Connison


Class R, 15"

from Jim Moini

 

Class S, S000A format

from Jim Moini


Class S, S00A0 format

from Bob Connison


Class S, S0A00 format

from Nickelsndiamonds1013

 

Class T, T00A0 format

from Chuck Sakryd


Class T, T0A00 format

Boyertown Auto Museum

 

Class U

unknown source

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1938 Truck

Dark blue over yellow, map outline border, legend 38 then TRUCK flanked by small keystones then PA across top.  First letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  See formatting below.  All plates are 5-character and measure 6" x 12".

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA

Class T - T000A, T00A0

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R, R00A0 format

from Bob Connison


Class R, R00AA format

from Mitzipinehigh

 

Class S, S000A format

from Pl8 Source


Class S, S0A00 format

from Bob Connison

 

Class T

from Bob Connison

 

Class T

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1939 Truck

Yellow over dark blue, map outline border, legend 39 then TRUCK flanked by small keystones then PA across top.  First letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  See formatting below.  All plates are 5-character and measure 6" x 12".

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA

Class T - T000A, T00A0, T0A00

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R, R000A format

from Peter Cohen


Class R, R00A0 format

from Pete Madsen


Class R, R0A00 format

from Likesandclicks

 

Class S, S0A00 format

from Bob Connison


Class S, S00AA format

 

 

Class T

from Jim Moini

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1940 Truck

Dark blue over yellow, map outline border, legend 40 then TRUCK flanked by small keystones then PA across top.  First letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  See formatting below.  All plates are 5-character and measure 6" x 12".

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA

Class T - T000A, T00A0, T0A00

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R, R000A format


Class R, R00A0 format

Jerry's Classic Cars Museum


Class R, R0A00 format

from Peter Cohen

 

Class S

from Jim Moini

 

Class T

from Bob Connison

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1941 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, map outline with EXP 3-31-42 in top border, legend 41 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  All plates are 5 characters, first letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  Plate measures 6" x 12", and are issued in pairs.

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA

Class T - T000A, T00A0

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R, R000A format


Class R, R00A0 format

Boyertown Auto Museum

 

Class S, S000A format

from Mg000000


Class S, S00A0 format

from Jim Moini


Class S, S0A00 format

from Bob Connison

 

Class T

from Jim Moini

 

Class V

from Bob Connison

 

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1942 Truck

Dark blue over yellow, map outline with EXP 3-31-43 (or EXP without the period) in top border, legend 42 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  All plates are 5 characters, first letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  Plate measures 6" x 12", and are issued in pairs.

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA

Class T - T000A, T00A0, T0A00

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00, U00AA

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R, R00A0 format

from Bob Connison


Class R, R0A00 format

from Jim Moini


Class R, R00AA format

from Clayton Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 9/9

Class R

from Jim Moini


from Peter Cohen

 

Class T

from Bob Connison

 

Class U w/ 43 tab

from Kelly Brewer

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1943 Truck

These tabs were issued in lieu of regular plates to save steel during the war years and were to be bolted over top of 1942 plates. The tabs measured 1⅞ by 2⅛, were made of steel, painted red, had 43 painted black and embossed with the 4 and the 3 to the left and right of the bolt hole. Below the 43 was the expiration date of 3-31-44, below that etched into the tab was a serial number of up to 6 characters made up of an alpha character and up to 5 digits, with the alpha character corresponding to the weight class prefix.

from Kelly Brewer


from Jim Moini


from Jim Moini

 

 

1944 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, map outline with EXP. 3-31-45 in top border, legend 44 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  All plates are 5 characters, first letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  Plate measures 6" x 11", and are issued in pairs.

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00

Class T - T000A, T00A0

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00, U00AA

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R, R000A format


from Bob Connison


Class R, R00A0 format

Boyertown Auto Museum


Class R, R0A00 format

from Peter Cohen

 

Class S

from Jim Moini

 

Class T

from Bob Connison

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1945 Truck

Dark blue on yellow, map outline with EXP. 3-31-46 in top border, legend 45 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  All plates are 5 characters, first letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  Plate measures 6" x 11".  Plates are issued as singles. 

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00

Class T - T000A, T00A0

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00, U00AA

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R, R000A format

from Pl8 Source


Class R, R00A0 format

from Bob Connison


Class R, R00AA format

from Peter Cohen

 

Class S

from Bob Connison

 

Class T

from Bob Connison

 

Class Y

from Bob Connison

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1946 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, map outline with EXP. 3-31-47 in top border, legend 46 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  All plates are 5 characters, first letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  Plate measures 6" x 11", and are issued in pairs.

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA, R0AA0

Class S - S000A, S00A0

Class T - T000A

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00, U00AA

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R, R000A format

Boyertown Auto Museum


Class R, R00AA format

 

 

Class S

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Class U

from Bob Connison

 

Class U

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1947 Truck

Dark blue on yellow, map outline with EXP. 3-31-48 in top border, legend 47 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  All plates are 5 characters, first letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  Plate measures 6" x 11".  Plates are issued in pairs. 

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA, R0AA0

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA

Class T - T000A, T00A0, T0A00

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00, U00AA

Class V - V000A, V00A0

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R, R00AA format

from Chuck Sakryd


Class R, R0AA0 format

from Peter Cohen

 

Class S, S000A format

from Bob Connison


Class S, S0A00 format

from Jim Moini


Class S, S00AA format

from Bob Connison

 

Class T, T000A format

Boyertown Auto Museum


Class T, T00A0 format


Class T, T0A00 format

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 9/9

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1948 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, top legend 48 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 3-31-49 in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  Plate measures 6" x 11", and are issued in pairs. 

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA, R0AA0

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA

Class T - T000A

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00, U00AA

Class V - V000A, V00A0

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R, R000A format

from Jim Moini


Class R, R0A00 format

from Bob Connison


Class R, R0AA0 format

from Pl8 Source

 

Class S, S000A format


Class S, S0A00 format

from eBay user dustyjr


Class S, S00AA format

 

 

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1949 Truck

Dark blue on yellow, map outline with EXP. 3-31-50 in top border, legend 49 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  All plates are 5 characters, first letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  Plate measures 6" x 11".  Plates are issued in pairs.

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA, R0AA0, R0A0A

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA

Class T - T000A, T00A0

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00, U00AA

Class V - V000A, V00A0

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class S

from Bob Connison

 

Class U, U00A0 format

from Jde609


Class U, U0A00 format

from Peter Cohen


Class U, U00AA format

 

 

Class V, V000A format

from Bob Connison


Class V, V00A0 format

 

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1950 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, top legend 50 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 3-31-51 in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  Plate measures 6" x 11", and are issued in pairs.

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA, R0AA0, R0A0A

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA

Class T - T000A, T00A0

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00, U00AA

Class V - V000A, V00A0

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R, R000A format

from Bob Connison


Class R, R0A0A format

from Jim Moini

 

Class S

from Jim Moini

 

Class U

from Peter Cohen

 

Class W

from Peter Cohen

 

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1951 Truck

Dark blue on yellow, map outline, top legend 51 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 3-31-52 in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  Plate measures 6" x 11".  Plates are issued in pairs.

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA, R0AA0, R0A0A

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA, S0AA0

Class T - T000A, T00A0

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00, U00AA

Class V - V000A, V00A0

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

 

Class R, R000A format

Boyertown Auto Museum


Class R, R00A0 format

from Jim Moini


Class R, R0A0A format

from Bob Connison

 

Class S

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Class T, T000A format

from Jim Moini


Class T, T00A0 format

from Suzelush1

 

 

Class U, U0A00 format

from Clayton Moore


Class U, U00AA format

 

 

 

Image added 9/16

Class V

from Jim Moini

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1952 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, top legend 52 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 3-31-53 in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  Plate measures 6" x 11", except for some test plates which were 6" x 10¼" and have a 5-31-53 expiration.  Plates issued as singles.

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA, R0AA0, R0A0A

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA, S0AA0

Class T - T000A, T00A0

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Bottom plate is a test / sample.

Class R, R00A0 format

Boyertown Auto Museum


Class R, R00AA format

from Jeff Hinkle


Class R, R0AA0 format

from Bennyjoebob

 

Class S, S00A0 format

from Jim Moini


Class S, S00AA format

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 8/19

Class U

from Bob Connison

 

Class W

from Jim Moini

 

Class Z

from John Willard

 

Class R test / sample

from John Willard

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1953 Truck

Dark blue on yellow, map outline, top legend 53 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 5-31-54 in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 characters will include an additional letter in the final position.  Plate measures 6" x 10¼".  Plates are issued as singles.

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA, R0AA0, R0A0A

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA, S0AA0

Class T - T000A, T00A0

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00, U00AA

Class V - V000A, V00A0

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A, Y00A0

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R, R000A format

Boyertown Auto Museum


Class R, R00AA format

from Steve Ondik


Class R, R0AA0 format

from Bob Connison


Class R, R0A0A format

from Peter Cohen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 9/9

Class S

from Jim Moini

 

Class U

from Bob Connison

 

Class V

 

 

Image added 9/9

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1954 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, legend 54 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 5-31-55 in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 10¼".  Plates are issued as singles.

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA, R0AA0, R0A0A

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA, S0AA0

Class T - T000A, T00A0

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00, U00AA

Class V - V000A, V00A0, V0A00

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A, Y00A0

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R, R00A0 format

from Jim Moini


Class R, R00AA format

Boyertown Auto Museum


Class R, R0A0A format

from Jim Moini

 

Class S, S00A0 format

from Bob Connison


Class S, S0A00 format

from Jim Moini

 

Class T

from Jim Moini

 

Class V, V000A

from Pl8 Source


Class V, V00A0

from Bob Connison

 

Class V, Y00A0

from ebay user allmdona

 

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1955 Truck

Dark blue on yellow, map outline, legend 55 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 5-31-56 in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 10¼".  Plates are issued as singles.

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA, R0AA0, R0A0A

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA, S0AA0

Class T - T000A, T00A0

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00, U00AA

Class V - V000A, V00A0, V0A00

Class W - W000A, W00A0

Class Y - Y000A, Y00A0

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A, ZZ0A0

Class R, R00A0 format

from Bob Connison


Class R, R0A00 format

from Jim Moini


Class R, R00AA format

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Class S, S000A format

from Jim Moini


Class S, S00A0 format


Class S, S00AA format

from Platedog


Class S, S0AA0 format

from Bob Connison

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 8/19

 

 

 

Class U

from Steve Ondik

 

Class V

 

 

Class Y

unknown

 

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1956 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, legend 56 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 5-31-57 in top border.  Most plates are 5 characters; however, the R class went to 6 characters, first letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate are now standardized at 6" x 12".  Some plates use the thinner '57 dies, and a base with a narrower map outline.  Plates are issued as singles.

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA, R0AA0, R0A0A (later plates used '57 dies)*, R00TA, R0000A (plates used '57 dies)*

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA, S0AA0

Class T - T000A, T00A0

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00, U00AA

Class V - V000A, V00A0, V0A00

Class W - W000A, W00A0

Class Y - Y000A, Y00A0

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

 

*Image(s) of '56 truck plates w/'57 dies needed, and 6-character truck plates needed.

 

Class R, R0A00 format

from Jeff Hinkle


Class R, R00AA format

from Jim Moini


Class R, R0AA0 format

eBay user dustyjr


Class R, R0A0A format

from Bob Connison

 

Class S, S000A

from Bob Connison


Class S, S0A00

from Bob Connison

 

 

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

 

1957 Truck

Dark blue on yellow, map outline, legend 57 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 5-31-58 in top border.  All plates are 6 characters; however, first letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck, remaining characters will include an additional letter.  Plate measures 6" x 12".  Plates are issued as singles.

Class R - R0000A, R000A0

Class S - S0000A

Class T - T0000A

Class U - U0000A

Class V - V0000A

Class W - W0000A

Class Y - Y0000A

Class Z - Z0000A

Class RZ - RZ000A

Class SZ - SZ000A

Class TZ - TZ000A

Class UZ - UZ000A

Class VZ - VZ000A

Class WZ - WZ000A

Class YZ - YZ000A

Class ZZ - ZZ000A

Class R

from Bob Connison

 

Class S

from Bob Connison

 

Class U

from Suzelush1

 

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1958 - 1963 Truck, multi-year

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, legend PA then TRUCK then 58, first use of a small keystone separator which is located between the 3rd and 4th character.  Early plates had a tab slot to the left of 58 for a renewal tab which was never used.  Annual validation sticker was issued for the upper left corner in place of the tabs.  Plates measure 6" x 12".  Weight letter classes, serial formatting and axle classes below:

 
Weight Class Prefix Serial Progression Axles

Class R

R00-00A, R00-0A0, R00-A00

2-axle truck

Class S

S00-00A, S00-0A0

Class T

T00-00A

Class U U00-00A
Class V V00-00A
Class W W00-00A
Class Y Y00-00A
Class Z Z00-00A
Class RZ RZ0-00A 3-axle truck
Class SZ SZ0-00A
Class TZ TZ0-00A
Class UZ UZ0-00A
Class VZ VZ0-00A
Class WZ WZ0-00A
Class YZ YZ0-00A
Class ZZ ZZ0-00A
Class WT WT0-00A

3-axle truck tractor

Class YT YT0-00A
Class ZT ZT0-00A
Class YX YX0-00A 4-axle truck
Class ZX ZX0-00A

Class R, R00-00A format w/ slot

from Chuck Sakryd


Class R, R00-0A0 format w/ slot

from Chuck Sakryd


Class R, R00-0A0 format w/o slot

from Chuck Sakryd


Class R, R00-A00 format w/o slot

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Class S, S00-00A format w/o slot

from Pl8 Source


Class S, S00-0A0 format w/o slot

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

Class T with slot

 

 

Class U without slot

from Shane Oake

 

Class V

from Kelly Brewer

 

Class Y

 

 

Class Z

from Kelly Brewer

 

Class RZ

from Kelly Brewer

 

Class SZ

from Kelly Brewer

 

Class TZ

from Kelly Brewer

 

Class UZ

from Kelly Brewer

 

Class VZ

from Kelly Brewer

 

Class WZ

from Kelly Brewer

 

Class YZ

from Kelly Brewer


from Clayton Moore

 

Class ZZ  with slot

from Drewski


Class ZZ  without slot

from John Willard

 

 

Image added 8/19

 

Class WT

from Kelly Brewer

 

Class YT

from Kelly Brewer

 

Class ZT

from Kelly Brewer

 

Class YX

from Kelly Brewer

 

Class ZX  without slot

from John Willard

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1964 - 1967 Truck, multi-year

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, legend PA then TRUCK then 64, small keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th digit.  Annual validation sticker was issued for the upper left corner.  Plates measure 6" x 12".  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ, WT, YT, ZT, YX, ZX.  The WT, YT, ZT classes are for 3-axle truck tractors.  The progression within weight classes R00-00A, R00-0A0, R00-A00.

 
Weight Class Prefix Serial Progression Axles

Class R

R00-00A, R00-0A0, R00-A00

2-axle truck

Class S

S00-00A, S00-0A0

Class T

T00-00A

Class U U00-00A
Class V V00-00A
Class W W00-00A
Class Y Y00-00A
Class Z Z00-00A
Class RZ RZ0-00A 3-axle truck
Class SZ SZ0-00A
Class TZ TZ0-00A
Class UZ UZ0-00A
Class VZ VZ0-00A
Class WZ WZ0-00A
Class YZ YZ0-00A
Class ZZ ZZ0-00A
Class WT WT0-00A 3-axle truck tractor
Class YT YT0-00A
Class ZT ZT0-00A
Class YX YX0-00A 4-axle truck
Class ZX ZX0-00A

Class R - 1st progression

from Chuck Sakryd


Class R - 2nd progression

from Jeff Lawson


Class R - 3rd progression

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Class S

from Chuck Sakryd


Class S - 2nd progression

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Class T

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Class U

from Kelly Brewer

 

Class V

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Class W

from Kelly Brewer

 

Class Y

from Kelly Brewer

 

Class Z

from Drewski

 

Class WZ

anonymous ebay-er

 

Class ZZ

from Clayton Moore

 

Class YT

from Clayton Moore

 

Class ZT

 

 

 

other classes/formats needed

 

 

 

1968 - 1971 Truck, multi-year

Dark blue on yellow, revised map outline, top legend COMMERCIAL (replacing TRUCK), bottom PENNSYLVANIA, embossed outline for sticker well lower left.  Early plates had 68 etched into the sticker well with no sticker used in 68.  A new plate serial coding system was introduced using CA-10000 as the starting point with C as a non-advancing character and the second letter always advancing last after the numbers.  Plates authorized CA-10000 to CZ-99999.  A small keystone separator was used between the 2-letter prefix and the 5-digit number.  The weight class, number of axles and truck type, although they are still used, are no longer designated by the registration number.

 

Both the CC-39980 and CL-89915 plates are formatted similarly.

from Steve Ondik


from Chuck Sakryd

 

Error plate

from Clayton Moore

 

Test plate

 

 

 

1972 - 1977 Truck, multi-year

Yellow on dark blue, the map outline has been replaced by a narrow embossed border, top legend COMMERCIAL, bottom legend PENNSYLVANIA, sticker wells upper left and right corners.  Serial coding again using CA-10000 as the starting point with C as a non-advancing character and the second letter always advancing last after the numbers. Plates authorized CA-10000 to CZ-99999.  A small keystone separator was used between the 2-letter prefix and the 5-digit number. 

Both the CC-76348 and CT-8531 plates are formatted similarly.

from Jeff Lawson


 

 

 

1978 - 1984 Truck, multi-year, renewable to 2000

All new plates issued.  Dark blue on yellow, top legend PENNSYLVANIA, bottom TRUCK, sticker wells upper left and right corners.  Serial coding again using CA-10000 as the starting point with C as a non-advancing character and the second letter always advancing last after the numbers.  After reaching CZ-99999, the series went to 10000-CA and progressed into the CC series.

Format 1 CA-10000 to CZ-99999

Format 2 10000-CA into the CD series

Format 1

 

 

Format 2

 

 

 

1984 - 2000 Truck, multi-year, renewable to 2002

Yellow on dark blue, top legend TRUCK, bottom PENNSYLVANIA, sticker well in lower left corner.  Serial coding starting 5 digits+CD as a continuation of 1978 to 1984 progression and ran into the CJ series where it was stopped and a new series starting at YA-00000, then ZA-00000.  As best as I can remember, PennDOT claimed there was a computer issue with too many registrations starting with C.

Format 1 CD etc. in suffix position as continuation of 1978 to 1984 progression to CJ in suffix position.

Format 2 YA-00000 to ZV-99999

 

Format 1

 

 

Format 2, YA-00000 serial


Format 2, ZA-00000 serial

 

 

 

1999 - 2004 Truck, multi-year, renewable to present

Dark blue on white with fading bands of blue on top and yellow on bottom, YAA-0000 to YRR-9810 or above, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA screened across top and TRUCK embossed along bottom.  Sticker well upper left.  Plates valid thru 2017 and likely beyond.  Vanity plates on trucks appear to be issued on the passenger www base, and have limited weight restrictions.

From Steve Ondik



 

 

 

 

2005 - 2017 Truck, multi-year, renewable to present

Dark blue on white with solid bands of blue on top and yellow on bottom, YSA-0000 to YZZ-9999, then ZBA-0000 to ZKH-9999, keystone separator, PENNSYLVANIA screened across top and TRUCK embossed across bottom.  Sticker well upper left.  Plates valid thru 2017 and likely beyond.  Plates are referred to by many as visitPA plates or solid band plates.  PennDOT uses the term Family of Plates.

At the end of 2016, PennDOT discontinued issuing validation stickers.  Some 2017, and even 2018 stickers are in use but were issued before 2017.



from Grant M.


from Ryan Battin

 

Vanity plates on trucks appear to be issued on the passenger visitPA base, and have weight restrictions not exceeding 14,000 pounds.  The plate to the right is the only vanity spotted with Truck as the legend.  Information subject to verification.

Vanity

from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

2017, Truck, multi-year

In December of 2016 PennDOT announced that by the middle of 2017, once the supply of the current plate stock runs out, they will begin issuing slightly redesigned plates. They look similar in design to the current plate but the sticker well where validation stickers were placed has been removed and the outline of a small Pennsylvania map has been put it its place.  2017 is a mixture of both variants.  There is no prototype image of the Truck plate.

Format 1 - up to ZKH-9999, same as older Truck plates on visitPA base, with sticker well, no sticker, no map.  The ZKI prefix was not used.

Note: Plates without the sticker well and without the map outline are not known to exist.

Format 2 - ZKJ-0000 to current high, similar to Format 1 Truck plates on visitPA base but now without sticker well, and with a small map outline in its place.  Plates first seen in mid-May of 2017.

Format 1


from Steve Ondik

 

Format 2

from W. Young


from Kyle Kuser



from Steve Ondik


from Jeff Lawson


from Bruce Bufalini

 

 

 

 

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