Antique Auto License Plates

 

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North Carolina    (NC)

HORSELESS CARRIAGE

1956 Horseless Carriage

Numbers started at 1600 (or 1601?) each year through 1967.

1957 Horseless Carriage

1958 Horseless Carriage

1959 Horseless Carriage

1960 Horseless Carriage

1961 Horseless Carriage

"N.C." and the year swapped positions with this issue.

1962 Horseless Carriage

1963 Horseless Carriage

1964 Horseless Carriage

1965 Horseless Carriage

1966 Horseless Carriage

1967 Horseless Carriage

The first year for reflectorization.

1968 Horseless Carriage

From 1968 through 1972, numbers started at 14000 each year.

1969 Horseless Carriage

1970 Horseless Carriage

1971 Horseless Carriage

1972 Horseless Carriage

1973 Horseless Carriage

From 1973 through 1977, numbers started at 10000 each year.

1974 Horseless Carriage

1975 Horseless Carriage

The first to be made of aluminum instead of steel.

1976 Horseless Carriage

Steel returned for the 1976 and 1977 issues.

1977 Horseless Carriage

The final year for annual dated Horseless Carriage plates.  "Permanent" H/C plates and "Antique Auto" plates were introduced for 1978.

Horseless Carriage Permanent (Type 1)

First issued in 1978, this version has "Horseless Carriage" and the state name embossed.  Made of aluminum.

Horseless Carriage Permanent (Type 2)

All printing except the serial is screened in this later version.

Horseless Carriage "First in Flight"

This base is renewed annually with stickers

N.C. DMV web site

 

ANTIQUE

1978 Antique Auto

First year for this new type.  Made of aluminum.

1979 Antique Auto

Back to steel construction for 1979-82.

1980 Antique Auto

Note that the date is now on the top of the plate.

1981 Antique Auto

1982 Antique Auto

Undated blue-on-white Antique Auto

This undated base was renewed annually with stickers.  #13820 is aluminum.

Antique Auto "First in Flight"

Again, renewed annually with stickers.

USAGE

Horseless Carriage plates can be obtained for vehicles having a model year of 1943 or earlier, while Antique Auto plates are available for vehicles over 35 years old.  Both types require payment of a special fee in addition to the regular license fee.  There are no restrictions on vehicle usage.

LINKS

North Carolina DMV page for Horseless Carriage plates

North Carolina DMV page for Antique Auto plates

Online ALPCA Archives - North Carolina [requires member password]

OTHER SOURCES

ALPCA Newsletter, June 1981 issue, "First In Freedom - North Carolina", pp 54-56, article by Roger C. Haynes.

 

                       Site last updated 1-Dec-2016