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HORSELESS CARRIAGE

 

Green on white Horseless Carriage - Type 1

Introduced around 1956, with numbers starting at 1. Measures 5 1/2" x 13".  Made of aluminum.

Green on white Horseless Carriage - Type 2a

A different layout was used beginning around  number 1000.

Green on white Horseless Carriage - Type 2b

Like Type 2a, but with bolt slots instead of holes.  In the 1700s the backs of the plates changed from bare aluminum to white paint.

Green on white Horseless Carriage - Type 3

An unusual variation, used briefly around the 2000-2100 serial range.  Size is 6" x 12".  Made of steel.  Number 2058 is also confirmed for this type.

Green on white Horseless Carriage - Type 2c

This aluminum style was used both before and after Type 3.  Nearly identical to Type 2b, but with slightly shorter bolt slots.

Green on white Horseless Carriage - Type 4

A transitional variation with "Horseless Carriage" screened.

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Green on white Horseless Carriage - Type 5

Now only the numbers are embossed.  Circa early 1980s.  Like subsequent plates, it has spaces for renewal stickers which were never used.

Horseless Carriage, Rainier base - Type 1

The tri-colored Mount Rainier base made its debut in the late 1980s.

Paul Petrinovich collection

Horseless Carriage, Rainier base - Type 2

This version with the "Evergreen State" slogan and an unpainted debossed border appeared around 1998.

Horseless Carriage, Rainier base - Type 3

This one is completely flat.

 COLLECTOR VEHICLE

 

Green on white Collector Vehicle

This partially screened plate (only the numbers are embossed) was introduced in the early 1980s.

Collector Vehicle, Rainier base - Type 1

The Mount Rainier base made its debut in the late 1980s.

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Collector Vehicle, Rainier base - Type 2

Here's a version with smaller printing of "Collector Vehicle."

Collector Vehicle, Rainier base - Type 3

The first "Evergreen State" style, with "Collector Vehicle" moved to the left.

Collector Vehicle, Rainier base - Type 4

And a variation with "Collector Vehicle" back on the right.

Jack Walker collection

Collector Vehicle, Rainier base - Type 5

Changes include a leading zero on the serial and vertical printing of "Collector Vehicle" (moved to the left again!).

Collector Vehicle, Rainier base - flat

The numbers are no longer embossed on this version.

 

USAGE

Horseless Carriage plates are for vehicles over 40 years old, while Collector Vehicle plates are for vehicles over 30 years old.  With either type, the vehicle may be driven to and from auto shows, circuses (?!), parades, displays, etc., and "for pleasure of others without compensation."  The vehicle may not be used for regular transportation.

LINKS

Horseless Carriage page of Washington DOL web site

Washington legislative code for Horseless Carriage plates

Washington legislative code for Collector Vehicle plates

Online ALPCA Archives - Washington [requires member password]

 

                       Site last updated 1-Dec-2016