Thanks Paul et al.
There used to be some sites where one could look up when and where number
plates were initially issued, but they seem to have dried up.
I found a nice plate at a swap meet the other day: DAR 9B. As it
approximates my surname it was a must-have. It's stamped aluminum, painted
black, and looks great on the front of the black Magnette (Z-type). The
feller I bought it from claims it was imported stateside whilst attached to
I'm sure it will attract the attention of the Missouri Highway Constabulary,
but I'll keep the official MO tag under the front seat to try to ward off a
citation. Actually, I've been running without the required front plate for
the past ten years without drawing the attention of the local gendarmes.
I might vent here that I think the citizens of this sovereign state should
be excused from running the current issue of tags as they are not only
egregiously bad from an aesthetic point of view, but downright ugly as
home-made sin to boot! They are an embarrassingly wussy, namby-pamby pastel
bluish hue intergrading into white, with a whimsical font and a cutesy green
zig-zag graphic along the top. It nearly broke my heart when I had to remove
the industrial-grade stamped steel plates that had endured for so many
decades. It's enough to make a fellow want to move off to Kansas.
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