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#1 Porsche718

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Posted 29 July 2021 - 07:04

Hi all,

 

Can someone clarify German pre-war number plate lettering. eg. IIA-58112 for BMW 328 (where the first two "digits" are the capitol letter "I") - or should it be IIA (where it is the numeral "one").

 

Or things like "IIB-" or similar. Or IZ-33333 or 1Z-33333.

 

It always bugs me as I research Mercedes- Benz supercharged cars over the years, or BMW 328 etc.

 

Because the lettering is not clear in some fonts - one can never trust what is seen on vasmel.com or worldlicenseplates.com or similar sites.

 

Thanks in advance

 

Cheers Steve


Edited by Porsche718, 29 July 2021 - 07:08.


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#2 ReWind

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Posted 29 July 2021 - 07:14

That should help.


Edited by ReWind, 29 July 2021 - 07:15.


#3 ensign14

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Posted 29 July 2021 - 10:54

Yeah, it was a load of Roman numerals and no overarching system for a long time.



#4 uechtel

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Posted 29 July 2021 - 13:13

It was corresponding to how the country was organized. The empire had been formed by about 30 independent states, but they still retained a certain degree of sovereignty for a long time.



#5 ensign14

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Posted 29 July 2021 - 13:49

Indeed, the Bundesliga did not get going until the 1960s...