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1951 California plates

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by slddnmatt, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. slddnmatt
    Joined: Mar 30, 2006
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    just curious and was wondering if anybody had some info.. i picked up some 51 plates this past weekend and they are 5 digit plates. i have seen the 6 & 7 digits but never a 5. i had the ##'s ran and there clear which is good. so is it just a very early 51 plate?

    matt
     
  2. oldpl8s
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    Do they begin with "W"? The only 5 digit 1951 California plates I've ever seen were issued to HAM radio operators to match their radio call letters.

    I don't know if the DMV knows that or will allow those to be issued to anyone but the HAM owner.
     
  3. Mason
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    Brad Masterson's 51' Chevy has 5 digit 51 plates on it. I tried to post a pic but don't know how.....
     
  4. slddnmatt
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    yes they do....interesting, well hopefully i will get to use them. luckily they said i could return them if i cant get them issued
     
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  5. HELLMET
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    you should be fine . have one with 5 digits. its the 7 digits to look out for. they reissued a lot of those #s.
     
  6. shinysideup
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    Just call the DMV. They will tell you if those numbers are in use.
     
  7. slddnmatt
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    there clear already checked on that...now i wonder who's ham plates they used to be??
     
  8. i'm running the commercial plates on my '54 panel. "com" is normal, i'm running "be" (board of equalization?) and they let them through.
     
  9. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
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    from California

    I have a 5 digit pair that begin with "3". I here they were just the early numbers.
     

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