Gold- on- black plates return
The gold- on- black plates were used from 1963 to 1969.
The license plates used on California cars in the 1960s are back.
The black license plates used on California cars from 1963 to 1969 are back, thanks to a car- guy legislator and 7,500 paying customers.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles announced Monday that it has received 7,500 orders for the classic black plates, which is the minimum required for the state agency to begin production.
The legislation was sponsored by Los Angeles Assemblyman Mike Gatto in 2012, creating the California Legacy License Plate Program. The DMV will begin production now. Motorists who’ve placed orders for the plates will begin receiving them in two to three weeks, Gatto’s office said.
The new plates, which will cost $ 50, can be personalized, and will also be available for motorcycles. The plates will cost $ 40 annually to renew.
Gatto’s interest in classic plates and classic cars is personal, his representatives said.
“He’s a car guy,” said Eric Menjivar, Gatto’s communications director.
Gatto once restored a Chevrolet Camaro, Menjivar said, and wanted to do something to make it easier for auto enthusiasts to restore their vehicles to a full and complete period look. So, how good a reproduction are the modern plates? They’re made from the same molds the original were — molds the DMV discovered at Folsom Prison, where the classic plates used to be made.
The new ones, in fact, are still being made in Folsom Prison, where a team of 110 inmates produces a total of 8.5 million license plates a year.
The new plates will still be distinguishable from the old in one way, though: The new ones will feature ref lective yellow paint on the letters and numbers, as is now required by law.