Num­ber plates book

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

Aus­tralian Num­ber Plates is a new book­let pub­lished by the Blue Moun­tains Fam­ily His­tory So­ci­ety. It lists all num­ber plate ranges for all states and ter­ri­to­ries, which makes it a use­ful source for dat­ing pho­tos of old cars, as we do, or dat­ing the car it­self if it still has orig­i­nal plates.

As an ex­per­i­ment we asked Yvonne Wright, sec­re­tary of the so­ci­ety, if she could check the his­tory of the South Aus­tralian plates RSO-015 on this photo of a Monaro GTS taken some time in 1968.

Un­for­tu­nately, Yvonne says that South Aus­tralia is the hard­est state to get spe­cific in­for­ma­tion about. She could tell us, how­ever, that al­pha-nu­meric plates (three letters fol­lowed by three num­bers) were first is­sued in South Aus­tralia in Jan­uary 1, 1967, be­gin­ning with the se­ries RRR; and they fea­tured black char­ac­ters on a white back­ground.

The cur­rent SA Depart­ment for Trans­port, En­ergy and In­fra­struc­ture was only able to sup­ply es­ti­mated dates for the pe­riod 1967 to 1980. In­for­ma­tion from each state de­pends on how ac­cu­rately the orig­i­nal records were kept then changed to dig­i­tal files.

“For­tu­nately most other states seem to have more de­tailed records than South Aus­tralia, so we are able to be more ac­cu­rate with the in­for­ma­tion sup­plied,” says Yvonne.

The book­let is avail­able for $7.50 plus postage. To or­der a copy, email: xplore­tree@ya­hoo.com.au

We were also won­der­ing what hap­pened to Jenni Simp­son, the 19-year-old Miss Aus­tralia en­trant seen lean­ing over the Monaro’s sweep­ing bon­net. De­tails are sketchy but it ap­pears that she may have won this car in a com­pe­ti­tion. If she still owns it, the Monaro will be 46 years old later this year.

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