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Illustrated History of Connecticut License Plates
Joe Wasielewski - ALPCA Member 6996
All-Terrain
Ambulance
Amateur Radio
Apportioned
Boat Ramp
Bus
Camp Trailer to 1957
Camp Trailer 1958-
Camper
Classic Vehicle
Combination 1
Combination 2
Commercial to 1957
Commercial 1958-
Common
Construction
Dealer Motorcycle
Dealer New to 1969
Dealer New 1970-1989
Dealer New 1990-
Dealer Spec. Equip.
Dealer Used to 1969
Dealer Used 1970-1989
Dealer Used 1990-
Dismantler
Early American
Error Plates
Exp. Test
Factory
Farm
Fire Apparatus
Fish
Foreign Consul
Gasoline
Handicapped
Hearse
High Mileage Veh.
Interstate
Junk
Livery
Marine Trailer
M.F.G.
Military
Miscellaneous/Local
Motorcycle
Municipal
M.V. Dept
Parade
Permits
Political - State
Political - US
POW
Prototype
PUC
Repair to 1969
Repair 1970-
Sample
School Bus
Service Bus
Snowmobile
Special Equipment
Sphinx
State
Student Transport
Taxi
Temp. Metal Plates
Temp. Non-Passenger
Temp. Pass.
Temp. Reg. Certificate
Toll
Trailer
Trans.
Vanpool
Veteran
Volunteer Firefighter
Wrecker
Dealer Motorcycle
Click to see this type in useThese plates are used by New and Used motorcycle dealers.

This type started around 1912, in a C12D format. In 1914, when the 'CONN' legend was added, the numbering was simply 12D. Colors were the reverse of normal motorcycle plates as was done with car dealer plates. Starting in 1917, the colors became the same as regular motorcycle plates.

Around this time new dealer plates were issued with an 'X' prefix and used have a 'D' prefix.

Sometime around 1962, Motorcycle Dealer plates started using the same annual alternating-color scheme as car dealer plates. Even years were white on blue, odd years blue on white. This continued until the 1980 plates, when decals were used.

In the late 1980s or early 1990s the colors were reversed from normal motorcycle plates to blue on white. When the annual issues started again with the 1998 expiration, colors were the same as car dealer plates - however, the prefix was changed to 'MX'A- for new dealers, and 'MD'A- for used dealers.

Click the photo to see this type in use.


New Dealer

1978 new  1980
1978 1980
   
2006  
2006, dealer number 1
 
   


Used Dealer

1979 used 2007 Used
1979 2007
   



Motorcycle and Sidecar Dealer

This type first appeared in the registration books in 1920, though they may have been issued earlier than that. Motorcycle sidecars used to have a separate license plate, in essence a "commercial motorcycle" plate (the colors were reversed like commercial truck plates as well). Since commercial truck dealers had SX plates, why wouldn't commercial motorcycle dealers as well? In 1920, numbers 1 through 50 were issued by April, with 52 and 53 issued by July. This is not a very common type.


1925 mcsx  
1925. This plate was poorly repainted in the wrong colors when I obtained it. As much as I hate to repaint plates, this one could not get any worse than it was. This how it eventually turned out (the colors did not scan well).
 
   
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