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Number plate

PostPost by: davidallen » Wed Jul 06, 2005 12:05 pm

Hi,

I need a new b/w rear number plate. What style of plates was current around
1970 in the uk?

White raised letters, pressed ally?

Ta,

David


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PostPost by: "Martin Stuart" » Wed Jul 06, 2005 12:28 pm

Looking at photos in period road tests, black plates with separate raised plastic letters in white seem to have been commonplace. I'm sure that stylesand types varied, though, so just fit whatever you feel happiest with!

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Hi,

I need a new b/w rear number plate. What style of plates was current around
1970 in the uk?

White raised letters, pressed ally?

Ta,

David


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PostPost by: mikecauser » Wed Jul 06, 2005 2:15 pm

On Wed, 6 Jul 2005 13:04:29 +0100 "ALLEN, David" <***@***.***> wrote:

I need a new b/w rear number plate. What style of plates was current around
1970 in the uk?

White raised letters, pressed ally?

Both, also stick-on letters for extra lightness and cheapness.

IMO pressed looks more "modern" than the plastic letters, but then those
letters are used at the front in the grille....


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PostPost by: "nebogipfel2004" » Wed Jul 06, 2005 7:13 pm

David,

Your car almost certainly left the dealer in 1970 with aluminium
plates with either silver or white raised plastic letters.

Pressed aluminium were the more "up market" and expensive alternative.

In my opinion the pressed plates look smarter and cleaner on the car.
They also look more "period" being the type fitted to cars for many years.

The decision would have been made largely on the type usually fitted
by the dealer unless the new owner expressed a preference.

John
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PostPost by: type36lotus » Thu Jul 07, 2005 12:13 am

My 67 had a black aluminum plate with cast aluminum letters painted
white. But then it was from the Bahamas. I still have the origianl
rear plate intact. Used the letters from the mangled front plate to
attach to the front grill. The Florida plate sports the same original
registration numbers.

Mike "no real help" Geiger
66 S3 Coupe'

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David,

Your car almost certainly left the dealer in 1970 with aluminium
plates with either silver or white raised plastic letters.

Pressed aluminium were the more "up market" and expensive
alternative.


In my opinion the pressed plates look smarter and cleaner on the car.
They also look more "period" being the type fitted to cars for many
years.


The decision would have been made largely on the type usually fitted
by the dealer unless the new owner expressed a preference.

John
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PostPost by: "tim liggins" » Thu Jul 07, 2005 8:10 pm

As I was around at the timen I guess I should know what the correct plate
is! White on black and pressed ali were both available and legal at the
time but pressed ali was the fashion. If it helps, my 1970 s4, which I,ve
owned since the '70s, has recently been kitted out with ab new set of
pressed ali plates.

Tim

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On Wed, 6 Jul 2005 13:04:29 +0100 "ALLEN, David"
<***@***.***> wrote:

I need a new b/w rear number plate. What style of plates was current
around

1970 in the uk?

White raised letters, pressed ally?

Both, also stick-on letters for extra lightness and cheapness.

IMO pressed looks more "modern" than the plastic letters, but then those
letters are used at the front in the grille....


Mike
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PostPost by: "Stan Aarhus" » Thu Jul 07, 2005 10:11 pm

My 66 S3 Coupe' was initially delivered in England and had the alu plate with raised plastic numerals (PNK 11D) on the rear and just the white plastic numerals attached to the black mesh of the grill opening.

Stan



As I was around at the timen I guess I should know what the correct plate
is! White on black and pressed ali were both available and legal at the
time but pressed ali was the fashion. If it helps, my 1970 s4, which I,ve
owned since the '70s, has recently been kitted out with ab new set of
pressed ali plates.
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