CA 1955 License Plate

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CA 1955 License Plate

Postby targaflorio1956 » Mon Dec 08, 2003 8:21 pm

Could someone explain this to me: Why are there so few California 1955 license plates?
I've been to a bunch of car shows, I check ebay all the time, I've checked with the guys who sell vintage license plates but 1955 seems such a hard year to come by. Every week on ebay there are about a dozen 1956 CA plates but not 1955. Is there some kind of DMV law that went in effect concerning that year? Do people just like the double-nickel? Is it just a coincidence? I doubt that are THAT many Spyder guys out there who bought up all the '55 plates...

Could someone shed some light on this for me please?

Thanks!

Mystified in Palos Verdes.

Nick.

Oh, and could I attach a tag (clipped off from the corner) from a '55 plate on a 1956 plate? Does that really work?
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Postby targaflorio1956 » Mon Dec 08, 2003 8:25 pm

Never mind, I think I've just found the answer in the archives.

This site is great!

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Postby 550Deano » Tue Dec 09, 2003 7:27 pm

Nick,

You need to get a 1951 CA license plate and put a 1955 tab on it to make it a \"1955\" plate.

All plates issued betweem 1951 thru 1955 were 1951 plates. You were then given a little tab to put on the lower right corner of the plate for the years 1952-1955.

Do a search on ebay for \"1951 CA license plates\". Be carefull because a lot of the plates out there are not \"CLEARED through the DMV\". Also, if you find a SET of 1951 plates, they need to be in very good condition. The DMV will not issue the plates to your vehicle if they are trashed, and they must be as a pair! You can go to the CA DMV website to see if the plates are CLEAR. They also can only guarantee that the plates are CLEAR for 30 days.

I hope this helped!
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Postby 550Deano » Tue Dec 09, 2003 7:32 pm

Nick,

Here is the link to the CA DMV website to see if the plates are clear!

https://vrir.dmv.ca.gov/ipp/ippMain.jsp

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Postby 550Deano » Tue Dec 09, 2003 7:39 pm

It is me again!

Click on the \"personalized\" tab and then select the top plate shown. You can the put the numbers in and see if they are available. Do not take anyones \"word\" that the plates are clear. Before you buy, CHECK!!!!

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Postby targaflorio1956 » Wed Dec 10, 2003 1:59 pm

Thanks for all the info. This is great. Now that's it the end of the year I'm getting ready to register my spyder as a 1955 car. The previous owner had it registered as a 1965 VW (he bought the title at a salvage yard). I'm hoping it won't be too much of a problem since the Spyder hasn't been registered with it's vin#.

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Postby RS-60 mark » Wed Dec 10, 2003 11:16 pm

Nick,

Tell me how it goes at the DMV. I have similar situation: 69 VW title, from salvage yard. I'm still in the project phase, and have the registration as a non-op. However, when the time comes (if ever) to pull the non-op off the registration, it wouldn't kill me to just pay for the registration I already have and simply drive my \"69 VW\" around.
On the other hand if it is just as easy, I would prefer to re-register the car for the \"appropriate\" model and year.

So, I'm very curious how it goes for you.

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Postby Larry Jowdy » Thu Dec 11, 2003 6:08 am

Not the right spot for this post, but

I registered my 2002 Beck as a 1955 Porsche and it now carries the appropriate plate. I got lucky when I bought my car as the previous owner (In Alabama) had the vehicle registered as a 1955 and when I brought it to Calif. they didn't question its authenticity.

I have an absolutely \"brand new\" not reconditioned but \"BRAND NEW OLD STOCK\" set of California 1951-1955 license plates. I also have the grey 1955 tab for sale. (The tab needs some restoration work but thats a piece of cake. A little grey paint and a little black paint for the numbers and it's a go)

It's steep but I'm asking $1,000 for the 3 pieces, but where are you going to find a set of NOS 1951 plates.

ps, the plates are clear in DMV's computer

A local license plate dealer has offered me $900.00 and I know he wants to sell them for 1,100 or 1,200.
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Postby 550Deano » Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:06 pm

LJowdy,

What is the license plate #????
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Postby Larry Jowdy » Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:48 pm

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Postby Larry Jowdy » Tue Dec 16, 2003 5:37 pm

OK, revised price for board members, but, if you buy them, you have to put them on a Spyder $875.00

If no one wants them, I'm going to save them until next year or maybe take them to the Pomona Swap meet.
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