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Home Research California Automobile Manufacturer and Dealer License Plates

In the 1960's, the state of California issues special license plates to automobile manufacturers and dealerships. The license plates would be used on a temporary basis when vehicles needed to be driven on public roads.

I have not found any other comprehensive published document that lists all the plate numbers and which specific manufacturers or dealerships they were issued to.

The limited information in the tables below has primarily been gleaned from years of scrutinizing vintage photos found in automotive magazines from the late 1960s.

If you have any information to contribute, please contact us so that we may continue to keep this published information updated and accurate.

Automobile Manufacturers

011 Ford Motor Company
013 Shelby American
014 Ford Motor Company
015 GM/Chevrolet
016 Pontiac ?

Automobile Dealers

2392 Mel Burns (Ford)
4101 Hi-Performance Motors (Shelby)

In addition to the large numerical designation assigned to each manufacturer or dealer, each plate also had a unique alpha-numeric identifier, vertically positioned on the left of the plate.



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