My T's first new plates in 50 years just came in the mail. Ain't they purdy !
I would love to see at least one plate from each of the 50 states. Period plates or antique or horseless carriage plates if your state has them. Post a picture if you can.
(Do Alaska and Hawaii even have any T's ?? Is there any state that has no registered T's ?)
Hey neat idea! I'll post the original Oregon plate for my 27 coupe when I get home tonight.
Looking good there, Schuh..love that tail light.
Bud, Missouri allows Year of Manufacture plates. This is mine.
1912 horseless carraige plate I will be making a leather plate for this car.
1916 touring plate
`919 Center Door
Montana 500 car
1919 Center Door
Montana 500 car
Here is a pic of the plate on my '23 Runabout:
Here are 8 different ones, If any one would like to part with any from other states I would like to do all 50 states.
The photograph below was put together by the folks that put on the National Tour in Montana last year. These were the tags of all of the cars that were on the tour.
I forgot the most important one,before cars.
Ron the Coilman
Sorry, I can do better than that:
On the composite picture that Mike Vaughn posted above, the plate on the bottom row, 3rd from the left, C26 375 WIS is mine from our '26 Roadster Pickup. It is an original plate that has been repainted.
Just to the right of mine, plate# 77090C Wisconsin Collector, is owned I think by Dennis and Dena Gorder of Baraboo, WI and is a currently issued plate.
Some ribbon left on from the parade I see.
Unfortunately I told the lady at DMV that I had a cut-off touring that was turned into a truck. So she insisted (as did the lady she called at the State) that my car is "modified" and therefore not eligible to use the year of manufacture tag as the recorded tag. So it is mounted on the side as you see above. I had to get a regular tag which is on the back. My attempts to explain that "modified" is in reference to hot rods fell on deaf ears.
Our two cars from Washington State
In honor of Rural America and Lightning. That is also my 27 NM in Mike's post above.
I think that the picture of plates were ones on cars that were on the tour ,thay are most likley all valed licence plates from there states.It makes a great wall hanging.
For the '23 touring.
For the '15 runabout.
Well if we just count license plates mounted on T's, I make it 10 out of 50 states.
C'mon guys where's your state pride ?
Great pics, all! But crap, I can't find my original plate. It's in a box somewhere in the shop. I guess I could post a pic of the modern "antique" issued plate but that seems a bit anticlimactic...
Not on the car yet. Waiting for NY paperwork. In NY they have to be original and NOT restored
I still want to know how they know whether a plate's been restored.
Here is Illinois.
Maybe they take paint chips and compare them to original paint chips (not damn likely I'd warrant) probably has something to do with how shiny they are or soft the paint is.
Steve in Tenn, how come you didn't just tell them your car is a Roadster Pickup? That's a legitimate Ford body style, that way you could have had your plate on the front instead of pon the side there.
I've seen a couple of plates on ebay that say they are DMV cleared, but how do you know that they truly are? I don't want to outlay the cash for a set and then come to find I can't use the bloody things.
The gold color tail lamp on Bud's Florida car seems to be painted with a good modern spray. Here is one real brass and brass plated. E&J Pat. 6-23-14. Complete and could it have been a factory display item? I don't have the mate...
Martin, you can clear the plates yourself. Just give the numbers to the DMV and they'll tell you if the plates are OK to use. If the numbers aren't being used on a currently registered vehicle, they're good to go.
Your right, the tail light has been painted. The paint used was labeled "gold" but really is a brass color. The good news is that so far it doesn't seem to tarnish and it has not been clear coated!
It also passes the 20/20 test (20 feet away and 20 mph and you can't tell the differance)
I think the paint is Rustoleum Gold but if anyones interested I will be glad to check and make sure thats right.
Its not a bad alternative for those of us with shallow pockets. Maybe someday I'll replace it with the real thing.
I'm not sure but I think looking back that Alaska Terr.issued city plates well past the Model T era. and I believe they were leather, probably all rotted away by now. Would like to find a 1916.
24 TT Plate
Iowa 1923. Not the correct "Truck" plate. It'll have to do till the right one comes along.
Here is a better one from ILLINOIS
Oooooooooh - thats good John!
I know this is for the Model A era, but you just gotta love having a spud on your license plate.
Here's mine, Alabama plates of this vintage are hard to find.....
Although it's not easy to read, here's a Jersey plate from 1925. New Jersey required two plates, one front and one back even way back then. I have the matching set, purchased for 10 bucks at the Englishtown, NJ swapmeet.
Ten bucks for a set of good plates is a great price. You got a deal. I think that by 1925 most states had front and back plates.
Here's a couple of 1926 Wisconsin plates that I use.
Can anyone identify these?
Ron the Coilman
Obamas Limo Plates. Ha ha.
I guess I'd better pick up the flag for the great state of Arkansas and carry it forward. Here is a pic of an Arkansas Antique plate on a car. I got the plate new in 1971.
Here's a pic of another one up close so you can see it better. This one is mint condition (but a little dusty) from the 70's and has never been on a car.
I also have all the Arkansas plates from 1911 (first issue) on up, in case anyone's interested in seeing a particular Model T year plate.
Here are few of mine. I pick one up each time I drive my T through a state---- NOT. Jim
Bud: I can attest to the fact that there are Ts in Alaska. I know of several and personally have seven plus a 1906 N.
MORE plates. ILLINOIS with and without air holes.
Can't get a picture of the rest. Model T parked in front of wall.
If anyone has any 1917 state plates that I don't have I would be interested in purchasing them.
The purple PA antique plate is no longer available and this is the new one.
I prefer the old purple one
I think we've got a picture of just about every states antique or horesless carrige license plates. But only 16 states had plates actually mounted on model T's.
So there could be 34 states out there unfortunate enough not to have any licensed model T's. If your from one of the following states, please post a picture of your plate on your T. ;o)
Bud - All of the plates in my first posting are mounted on Model T's. All of those cars were on the Montana Tour. There are about 26 states represented with a couple of Canadian provences as well as Brazil.
Here are a couple of Alaska cars w/plates
Here are a few plates from the CO/WY tour in 2009.
The other Alaska car
Now Ron already chimed in with foreign licenseplates, I can show you how licenseplates have looked in Denmark through the T years. And the good thing is you can now get replicas from the authorities so your car can look right on that details as well. With the original first issued number if you can document it:
1903 - 1919: (from Copenhagen - original. The red stamps are proof of origin)
1919 - 1921: (from Copenhagen county - modern replica)
1921-1930: (from Maribo County - modern replica but original number from my T)
Another idea for you plate collectors..
What is the original color of the plate,does anyone know that?
New Model T guy here
This is the plate I got with my 1920 Runabout
Peeters -- It's dark blue on yellow-orange. You can see them here:
Here is something to fill in the blanks for the great state of Texas. Texas didn't have official tags for their cars until about 1917 so in the days earlier than that the owners made their own, sometimes using metal numbers on a piece of leather---it was often their house number. The tags shown here were good for 1923 and 1924, however in 1924 the "radiator tag" shown here was fixed, usually to the front/top of the radiator. A piece of small wire was normally used to attach the tag. FYI: The first car regestered in Texas was in 1899 to Col. E.H.R. Green in Terrell, Texas. Between 1907 and 1916 cars used on public roads had to be regestered and a number shown on the car had to be at least 6" in height. Regestration began August 10, 1907 and that was for a bus in Colorade City, Texas. Some motorist simply painted their numbers on the side of the car. In 1910 there were 14,286 cars/trucks regestered in Texas.
Bud you can cross Montana of the list.
It appears that there are only 29 states in the Union that have NO model T's.
(Just kidding of course...but, how about posting a picture of your T and its license plate?) ;o)
We have regular forum participants in most of those states. They must not be paying attention.
Here's a couple of Georgia plates:
Our 14 at the Centennial.
Dan, nice NY dealer plates! Do you know if all NY plates for 1914 were black with white lettering?
Own a matched set of these, so can be registered as YOM I believe
here is a North Carolina 27
John P. Steele: I'm glad that you cleared that up. I thought that was a Monday plate. I was hoping that you would post the plates for the other days of the week as well. :0
George, This is the only 14 Dealer plate I have ever seen. I can't say yes or no, not sure
In the 1940's and '50's my grandfather had 2 license plates used for an entirely different purpose. One was red and the other was yellow, one a 1911 and the other a 1914 I think (can't remember which was which or the states). They were made of much heavier metal than today's plates and had a baked enamel finish like the 1917 NH and 1917 OR plates in Jim Youngs photos above.
Anyhow, there was a strip of wood fastened to the top of each as a sort of handle. We used them to scrape dried apricots off the wood trays they were dried on. As far as I know, they just were tossed out when he sold the ranch to a developer in 1963. At the time, they were just old junk. Sure do wish I'd kept them!
This site says the '14 NY plates were white on brown.
early Florida plate
OK, if you insist
The only reason I have monday is most people don't like monday's. Plates from the other days of the week are hard to come by.
Here is the 1922 plate that is on one of our speedsters, that's why we call it #22.
We made it halfway! Only 25 states left with no model T's!
Thanks to Georgia, New York, North Carolina & Mississippi and also to those posting additional pics from states already in evidence.
If you have a T licensed in one of the following please post a picture of the plate mounted on your T.
Mark Stewart -- I almost fell off my chair laughing..
It's hiding under the rear -The other one makes people laugh and leave some room when I'm on the road
Better views from the front
They don't have "Live Free or Die" like the regular plates.
Here are South Australian numbers; #1397 is April 1911 and the plate on the car is the 2011 plate we must now use, 100 years between them...Dave C.
@Mike W, thanks, mine look like they were brown with white letters. We will see what NY state says about them!....Chip
Fred & David
Beautiful cars! Thanx for the pics.
It would be fun to see how many countries we could collect too!
We have regular participants in several countries, so we still need pictures from:
Did I miss any? Some of these are in other threads, but they haven't been posted here yet.
Are we looking for era plates or present& past issued collector plates. I see both on here.
If collector type, Nv,Az,Or.and Tx.are shown with mine.
Era plates or current antique plate but preferably mounted on a T!
My favorite "antique" plates are Virgina's, which resemble the old porcelain style.
The "Coyote State"
Is not Wy. known for the Jack-a-lopes or on I-80 the thumpers ?
As for Russia:
I was not luck to find any photos with Russian T's number plates. What can I say: the early number plates (before 1920s) were not standartized and were very primitive - because the total amount of cars in Russia was exausted by hundreds, several thousands. For example, this hand-made Turcat-Mery 28 '1915 was owned by Vladimir Lenin
1913 Car license plate
As for Model T's destiny: they was imported only before revolution and almost totally destroyed during the Civil War - that's why the most widespread car was Model A (made in USSR as GAZ-A)
Right up to 1930s license plates were not arranged, because the amount of cars was tiny.
And only after Great Domestic War (1946) USSR license plates were strictly standartized.
They look like Saudi plates: # 44638 and 243310. My Farsi a little rusty after 20 years.
OK. Here's the plate on my 11 Canadian Tourabout from British Columbia Canada.
On the back of my 27, original Manitoba, Canada plate
New Zealand used a prefix letter or letters to denote the town or county, followed by up to four numbers. You can see a variety of plates in this thread.
Later on, I think about 1926, number issue became a National rather than local revenue raiser. Car numbers had two sets of three digits, like this-
However cars were issued with new plates every three years. That system remained until about 1967 when plates with two letters and four digits were introduced.
First is the plate from 1921 that I run on the front of my 1921 Touring. Disregard the chipped paint and leak on the floor.
Second is the current 2011 Indiana Historic plate.
Last is what was once an Indiana permanent plate my grandfather had on the car but the law must have changed and he got a different one in 1976. I believe Indiana has changed some laws regarding use of antique plates and for 2012 I am going to see if I can be issued the Indiana Historic Motor Vehicle plate 673 that has some character about it. I hope these three examples put Indiana on the map of plates!
The Arabic script plates I posted above I had on my daily driver when I lived in Teheran from 1972 to 1980.
Ron the Coilman
I thought all states had T's but maybe some don't have camera's ? ;o)
The Coyote state is South Dakota.
That's what Lyle's post says.
Thanks Floyd - didn't know that!
Bet we could match them coyote for coyote here in the Florida Panhandle, but I hear there everywhere now.
How's this for drift? I hear them at night, but in twenty-five years I've seen only one live one here. They're good at keeping out of sight.
Here's ONE version of a Wisconsin plate.
Didn't see any of your coyotes when I was down there but did see wild pigs when we stopped at a rest area along the freeway....surprised me!
1917 Plates. Mass is a dealer
Sorry, my old Utah plates are in worse shape then the cars I found them on...
1910 Connecticut License Plate - no longer among the missing
Just found these found this set of original porclain Masschusetts license plates dad had stored away for his 12 Torpedo,of which I am completing the ground up restore he began.
Also found other pairs for his 12 touring , other 12 torpedo and his 13 touring. all in excellent conditon.I seem to find something very interesting every time I go through his collection of all things Model T..
Tags Mass Tag is a dealer tag
" Early American"
Thought some of the other folks from Mayland would post but I guess up to me.
Here are the match pair of 1927 plates on Elizabeth. Picked them up at a local swap meet in original condition.
The black on white is what the standard MD plates are currently.
Happy Holidays everybody!
CHRISTMAS EVE Greetings from Ireland...
County Cork 1922
County Cork 1925 and 1911
County Cork 1927
County Cork 1921
County Cork 1915
County Kildare 1926
I have 6 plates with the same number which I think is rare , from 1915 to 1920 Manitoba . The 15 plate is on my 1915 Touring I restored
Replica 1916 Wyoming License Plate
Wyoming Pioneer License Plate
Jerry, it looks like you need to get five more cars.
If I live long enough I just might!
1922 Indiana plate on my 22 coupe
In Massachusetts, Year of Manufacture Plates have to be approved by the Registry and are not allowed to be painted or modified in any way. If they are not clear and legible, the Registry will not allow them to be used. My wife found this one on ebay and gave it to me as a gift and It was approved by the Registry.
Just like New York. Most states don't have that requirement, and it seems to work just fine. So far nobody has ever explained to me how they can tell whether a plate is restored or NOS.
Here are pictures of a 1922 Idaho plate on my coupe and a 1914 Oregon plate on another car. Also attached are pictures of historic vehicle/antique plates for several states. I have one fron every state except Hawaii, Alaska and Louisiana.
Don Watson asked me to post the following photos of his Beautiful 1915 Town Car with his Texas Plates:
Hap l9l5 cut off
Here's 1925 Louisiana. I would have posted sooner but waiting for assistance since suffering from geezeritus and too stupid to do the photos!!
I've had these plates with the matching dash badge for awhile now hoping to slip a 1914 touring under them some day. Very few of these sets of early California plates still have the dash badge with them.