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Vintage License plate price guide

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by SinastirSpeedShop, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. Hemi Joel
    Joined: May 4, 2007
    Posts: 725

    Hemi Joel
    from Minnesota

    Awesome idea, kudos to your son. Now would be a good time to teach him how to be a collector, rather than a hoarder. Seek out the best, reject the junk. Plan the collection around a theme, such as your state, a certain era, NOS, etc. For many of us, the chase is as fun as the ownership. The harder the chase, the bigger the reward.
  2. The "PC" stands for "Pneumatic Commercial". In other words, the tires have air in them. This is a hang over from when some of the vehicles had solid rubber tires. I only know this trivia because I am looking for a set for my '31 RDPU. Sorry I can't help on the others.

    Charlie Stephens
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2019
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  3. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 23,975

    Jalopy Joker

    Thanks - Charlie Stephens - other symbols are still a mystery - anyone help? 20190808_101840.jpg
  4. The "E" stands for exempt meaning that the vehicle is owned by state or local governments.

    I can't help you with the X.
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  5. TA DAD
    Joined: Mar 2, 2014
    Posts: 136

    TA DAD
    from NC

    Those 3 plates in the photos look like they were used as shingles at some point in their life. That used to be a common practice here in NC.
  6. The "PC" was "pneumatic commercial" a rubber tire transport truck (air tires), The "E" in the diamond was a state exempt vehicle. You got me on the "X".
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2019
  7. 1946caddy
    Joined: Dec 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,510

    from washington

    In Washington State, the X signifies a passenger car.
  8. 327-365hp
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 5,334

    from Mass

    Maybe the "X" plate means my "Ex" is in a coffin!

    X plate.jpg
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2019
  9. Posted this before, but a collector friend recently bought amother guy's collection just get this for his sedan!
    Probably a high dollar item by itself.
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  10. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 6,951


    Try buying a Nunavut plate from Canada. Routinely over $150 for used and bent. I have two polar bear NWT plates but I am not going to pay that for 60 square inches of metal to hang on a wall, even though I could.
  11. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,855

    Atwater Mike

    'E' was for 'exempt', on police, emergency, and state vehicles. That 'X' has me stumped.

    Charley: Never would have figured out the 'Pneumatic Comm'cl.'. But I'm only 76 years old!
    Actually, as kids, we'd watch "the men" paving sidewalks & streets in Santa Clara, Ca. ('Silicon Valley') when we were 6 & 7 yrs. old. I can remember Union Paving had some 'C' cab White trucks with hard tires, steel and wooden wheels.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2019
  12. guy1unico
    Joined: Aug 30, 2006
    Posts: 797


    Licence plate frames ..some are very rare and pretty cool.

    Guy's lisence frame front.jpg
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