Antique Auto License Plates


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Oregon    (OR)

1952-55 Old Timer

The original black-on-aluminum Old Timer plates came out in 1952 with "Duplicate" tabs, then were renewed annually through 1955 with passenger tabs.  Numbers started with A-1.

1956-63 Old Timer (Type 1)

This variation features an embossed "56" date surrounded by tab slots and screw holes.  The serial format is A-000.

1956-63 Old Timer (Type 2)

No embossed date under the tab; 1-000 serial format.  Circa 1957.

1956-63 Old Timer (Type 3)

No screw holes by the tab slots.  Circa 1959.

1956-63 Old Timer (Type 4)

No tab slots.  Circa 1961.

1956-63 Old Timer (Type 5)

Addition of the "Pacific Wonderland" slogan and use of new dies.  Circa 1963.

Yellow-on-blue Historic Vehicle

The legend was changed to "Historic Vehicle" in 1964, with numbers continuing where the old series left off.  The use of  renewal stickers was discontinued.  Plate #4-836 was issued in 1970.

Blue-on yellow Historic Vehicle (Type 1)

The colors were changed to blue-on-yellow about 1975.

Blue-on yellow Historic Vehicle (Type 2)

The dash was dropped from the serial around #9000.

Blue-on yellow Antique Vehicle

This type, still in use, originated in the late 1980s or so.


Another designation Oregon uses for older cars is "Special Interest".  The plates feature an S/P prefix, but no other indication of the type. 


The state defines an Antique Vehicle as "a vehicle that is older than one-half the number of years between the current year and 1900 and that is maintained as a collector’s item."  Use is limited to exhibitions, parades, club activities and similar uses.  The registration is considered permanent.

To be eligible for the permanent "Special Interest" plate, a vehicle must be at least 25 years old or be officially sanctioned as having special interest.  The usage restrictions are the same as for Antique Vehicles.


Oregon Antique page of Andrew Turnbull (ALPCA 10240)

Oregon DMV web page of license plate types

Oregon Vehicle Code [see also section 805]

Online ALPCA Archives - Oregon [requires member password]


ALPCA Newsletter, April 1993 issue, pp 34, 40-42, article by Alan Betts.


                       Site last updated 1-Dec-2016